Antirrhinum majus (Common/Garden Snapdragon)
Thus, we happily grabbed a pot of light pink-coloured garden snapdragon that cost us RM8.90 without hesitation.
Needless to say that it didn’t thrive in our garden for long, probably less than six months due to our ignorance in caring for them. Nevertheless, if opportunity presents itself at a nursery in the neighbourhood, we’ll definitely add the Antirrhinum majus to our garden collection again.
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Yay! Our tropical garden never disappoints and smiles always!
What a wonderful life, living and gardening in tropical Malaysia with everlasting summers.
God’s divine creations and masterpieces are awesome and amazing! Indeed, we’re truly blessed… there’s so much to admire, marvel and be impressed.
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Asota heliconia (Aganaid Moth, Tropical Tiger Moth)
John and I always get so excited when we noticed a moth or butterfly inside our home or outside at our front yard.
Recently, a gorgeous looking moth came a visiting inside our home and especially delighted me so. I was dancing with joy and amazement, so to speak as I observed it from time to time, as it displayed itself high up the kitchen wall surface. Probably, it could have been attracted by the kitchen light and flew inside.
This beauty was a silent immobile resident in our home for three full days and nights. It was not deterred at all by our presence as we go about our chores in the kitchen.
Finally on the fourth morning, I shifted it to our courtyard and hoped that it’ll be happier there. Noticed that by early afternoon it had flown away. Good-bye and thank you, Asota heliconia for gracing our home with your presence.
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Morus nigra (Black Mulberry, Indian/Persian Mulberry)
A doctor friend told us about the health and nutritional benefits of the mulberry fruits.
And coincidentally, our very dear friend, Stella Cheong surprised us with a wonderful Chinese New Year gift of a young rooted cutting of Mulberry, laden with fruits on February 21st, 2014.
Such an awesome present that delighted us so as it had been one of our long-awaited desirous plants.
Our Mulberry bush is flourishing so well at the outer bed of our front yard and providing us regularly with such lovely fruits to whet our appetite.
A pity though that our garden is too small to provide space for a Mulberry tree.
Hence, the plant has to be pruned frequently to restrict its height and maintain it as a 2-meter-tall shrub. And, the more often it is given a haircut, the more it rewards us with bountiful fruits. Great huh!
Ctenanthe pilosa cv. Golden Mosaic (Golden Variegated Ctenanthe)
There were numerous plants for sale at the nearby nursery, but we spotted only one plant of this beauty in a poly bag in late February, 2014. It appeared to be so unhappy and eagerly waiting to be embraced by us.
Moreover, we’re positive that it would definitely be happy at our courtyard where mostly variegated plants that love semi-shade reside in.