A few unexpected surprises that thrilled us so last month and brought joy to our hearts!
with vibrant scarlet-coloured or reddish-orange flowers bloomed for the second time, about 2¼ years after the first flowering in April 2010. Seriously, we had wanted to thrash it but before removing it, I decided to cut off their foliage early July to see what would happen. When some new leaves emerged, a flowering stalk soon followed. How wonderful!!
The large flowers are 13 cm in width on a flowering spike of 47 cm tall. Even though it had only two flowers, it was amazing to watch it unfurled, from a bud to its glorious beauty!
Calliandra emarginata (Dwarf Powderpuff),
a self-sown seedling that was repotted late last year, started to flower when it was just about 76 cm (2½-3 ft) tall. Amazing that it’s blooming at such a tender age!
To beautify our tropical garden further with addition of new plants, we had a lovely surprise find at one of our familiar garden centers nearby. Two love-at-first-sight plants were purchased on 23th August as follows :
Schefflera arboricola ‘Janine’
This gorgeous variegated foliage plant that has palmately compound leaves in green and usually mottled creamy-white or lime-white had been our target for a couple of years, but was avoided as most of the garden nurseries would rather promote their mature plants for RM40.00 or more.
Fortunately we chanced up it and bought for only RM8.00. We prefer young plants that can fascinate us as they mature into their teens and adulthood, with our tender loving care.
Leopard Orchid (Ansellia africana) with variable size and color. Hope the ID is correct?
Update March 12 2013 – Thanks to James for ID help. This orchid’s botanical name is Aranda ‘Bertha Braga’ (Parents: Vanda tricolor x Arachnis ‘Maggie Oei’).
I fell head-over-heels with it the minute I saw it among the other orchids that were on sale. It was sold at a promotional price of only RM15.00, with a discount of RM5.00 and the pot had two plants with three flowering stalks.
The flowers are truly eye-catchy, yellow and brown-spotted, leopard-like! Besides, it exudes a lovely fragrance too! Wow!… isn’t that wonderful?
My beloved John didn’t hesitate to purchase it, seeing my yearning gaze and fascination towards this beauty.
Junonia almana javana (Peacock Pansy)
A very frequent visitor to our tropical garden that seems to be attracted to the many flowering plants therein. Poor dear, looking at the image on the left, it appeared that its impressive dress had been tattered and worn out. Probably, an oldie but flying and fluttering around our garden like a teenager!
Amazing… nature spins its wonders and we get to enjoy them, photograph and share them online. Praise and thank The Lord for His wonderful creations. How blessed, grateful and joyful we feel to be able to encounter them everyday! Life is beautiful, right?
Last edit: March 12 2013