Antirrhinum majus, the cultivated garden snapdragon

Antirrhinum majus (Common/Garden Snapdragon)

Antirrhinum majus (Common Snapdragon, Garden Snapdragon, Snapdragon, Dragon Flowers), Nov 3 2013We came across these gorgeous beauties at one of the many nurseries along Sungai Buloh road less than two years ago. There were many plants with numerous colourful flowers that fascinated us so!

Thus, we happily grabbed a pot of light pink-coloured garden snapdragon that cost us RM8.90 without hesitation.

Pastel pink Antirrhinum majus (Common Snapdragon, Garden Snapdragon, Snapdragon, Dragon Flowers) in our garden border, Nov 30 2013This garden plant is commonly known as Snapdragon due to the flower’s ability to snap open like a dragon’s mouth when its throat is squeezed laterally.

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.

Garden updates from July to September 2015

Yay! Our tropical garden never disappoints and smiles always!

Our front yard garden giving us our daily dose of joy and pleasure, Sept 12 2015

What a wonderful life, living and gardening in tropical Malaysia with everlasting summers.

The outer border at our front yard, Sept 12 2015

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.

Asota heliconia came a visiting inside our home!

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.

Asota heliconia (Aganaids, Tropical Tiger Moth, Snouted Tiger Moth) displayed high up our kitchen wall surface, Sept 15 2015Recently, 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.

Asota heliconia (Aganaids, Tropical Tiger Moth, Snouted Tiger Moth) came-a-visiting inside our home, Sept 15 2015Even though I had to climb up a ladder to reach it and held my camera just a couple of inches away as I delightfully took numerous shots, it remained motionless and unnerved. Such courage!

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.

Morus nigra produces nutrient-enriched mulberries

Morus nigra (Black Mulberry, Indian/Persian Mulberry)

A young rooted cutting of Mulberry (Morus specie), already with fruits, Feb 21 2014 Fruiting Morus nigra shrub (Black Mulberry, Blackberry, Indian/Persian Mulberry, Silkworm Mulberry, Hei Sang in Chinese), Aug 19 2015A 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.

Morus nigra with edible mulberries (Black Mulberry, Blackberry, Indian/Persian Mulberry, Silkworm Mulberry, Hei Sang in Chinese), Aug 26 2015Our 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 ‘Golden Mosaic’ with bold variegated foliage

Ctenanthe pilosa cv. Golden Mosaic (Golden Variegated Ctenanthe)

Ctenanthe pilosa 'Golden Mosaic' (Golden Variegated Ctenanthe) was added to our garden on Feb 21, 2014We simply love plants with variegated foliage and this marvellous Golden Variegated Ctenanthe is certainly one of them.

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.

Mostly variegated foliage plants including Ctenanthe pilosa 'Golden Mosaic' at our courtyard, June 19 2014We happily grabbed it without hesitation and willingly paid RM6 which we considered relatively cheap for this jewel of a plant.

Moreover, we’re positive that it would definitely be happy at our courtyard where mostly variegated plants that love semi-shade reside in.