Tradescantia pallida ‘Purpurea’ or ‘Purple Heart’ (Purple Queen, Purple Heart, Purple Secretia)
This attractive cultivar ‘Purple Heart’, with its fine-textured foliage in rich and deep purple hues provides an engaging sparkle amidst the greenery in our tropical garden.
Undoubtedly, the Purple Queen as commonly named, deserves to be enthroned in a hanging basket to show off its succulent, long and leafy stems that cascade down so beautifully.
It is another love-at-first-sight plant that had me seduced effortlessly. Simply irresistible! I was instantly mesmerized by its fabulous deep purple-coloured foliage and the tiny pink flowers that peeped out from the overlapping and curving bracts at stem tips.
Thank goodness our visit to the garden nursery that day was in the morning and we got to see the attractive blooms which typically will disappear by early afternoon.
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Celebrating new plants that were added to our tropical garden collection during the last two months of September and October… of course, the old-timers are being appreciated too! So many gorgeous beauties, making us giddy with delight, especially me.
I simply love buying plants to change the scenario in our garden periodically, to make it more interesting and be dazzled by the changes they present.
It’s inevitable that all gardens undergo changes due to a myriad of reasons.
Whatever, there’s always many good reasons to go plant-shopping. Yet, my darling John would breathe down my neck often times, reminding me that we have more than enough plants to maintain and enjoy. Nonetheless, he’ll listen to my reasons, then mellow out and advise me to be selective in my purchases.
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However, it didn’t cross our mind at all that our joy at seeing its beautiful presence at our courtyard would be short-lived! Just three months down the road and it had lost its lushness.
What a sorry state the plant was in, when we scrutinized it about 10 days ago!
One moment our Variegated Grand Crinum Lily (Crinum asiaticum ‘Variegatum’) looked so healthy and sparkling, the very next moment, so to speak, fully riddled with unsightly patches.
So heartbreaking to see the extent of foliage damage by the invading pest and its troop.
Many times we have failed to look at the underside of leaves for signs of pest disease until it’s too late. Read More >>
Alocasia sanderiana, commonly known as Kris Plant, are beautiful variegated plants that we enjoy having at our courtyard. It blends well with other companion plants and shines outstandingly with its deep green foliage that are distinctly accentuated with whitish or pale green veins in wonderful contrast.
Unfortunately, about two months ago, our pot of healthy plants suddenly took a turn for the worst. We hadn’t noticed that their attractive and shiny leaves were badly infested with some kind of disease until it was too late to salvage them or so we thought. Anyway, rather than trash them, I decided to try to save these treasured plants.
The whole foliage of the Kris Plant was a sure goner – every single leaf was mottled with silvery, yellowish or brownish patches and spots. Totally irreversible due to the severe extent of damage. Read More >>
Crescentia cujete (Calabash Tree, Gourd Tree, ‘Mo Fa Kor’ in Chinese)
Typically, a cultivated tree will soar to between 3-4.5 m (10-15 ft) tall and spread as wide as its height in measurement, providing much shade with its dense canopy.
Nevertheless, it is the uniquely beautiful flowers and showy fruits that steal the show!
We chanced upon the attractive Crescentia cujete about 2 years ago at Restaurant Siu Siu Sungai Besi in Kuala Lumpur and were captivated by the large fruits that hung on its multiple trunks and branches.
That sighting convinced us that our neighbour had a similar tree planted at the sidewalk outside his home, yet we were oblivious of its existence until then. Hehee… unbelievably absurd, walking around like blind bats, have eyes but don’t see!
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Aphelandra squarrosa (Zebra Plant)
The bright ivory veining really sparkles in beautiful contrast against the dark green leaves, making it so desirable as an ornamental plant. Not to be side-lined are the vibrant yellow-coloured flowering spikes that will be showing off for several months.
We weren’t surprised at all when a lovely pot of three plants hopped into our car when we went plant-shopping last March. Its remarkable beauty must have clouded our memory because we’ve forgotten that our love affair with Aphelandra squarrosa about a decade ago had ended up a total flop.
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Many of our plants flowered and shouted for attention during the last two months as the fine weather was in tune with their demands. Even the non-flowering ones delighted us so with their luscious growth. Without fail, our tropical garden has a constant supply to provide us with our daily dose of joy!
Torenia fournieri (Wishbone Flower, Bluewings) – sprouted with a vengeance and filled up every nook and corner with their cheerful, smiling faces. Torenias are beautiful and reliable filler plants for borders and containers, even the bricks and cracks in walls are not spared their presence. The best part is they self-seed readily and endlessly.
Going through my archived articles, I’ve observed that they were rarely mentioned in spite of giving us much pleasure all these years. They definitely have a special place in our hearts. I plead negligence and has now ranked them top priority here!
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Happenings in our tropical garden continue to intrigue us during the last two months of July and August. To some people, these may seem so ordinary that need no mention, yet to my beloved John and I, they are treasures to behold! Wonders of nature that have somewhat become our daily dose of joy to keep us happy, cheerful and thankful.
Leucocoprinus birnbaumii (Flowerpot parasol) seen for the first time as temporary squatters in a pot with Dracaena marginata! Thanks to Aaron Ang of ‘My Nice Garden Chat’ on Facebook for ID who also informed me that they’re not plants but fungi. Haha… such ignorance at a golden age! Quickly googled to educate myself… and enjoyed reading the Fun Facts about Fungi and Fascinating Fungi