2017 Christmas and 2018 New Year Greetings

For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given…
And His name shall be called Wonderful Counsellor,
Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)

Rejoice and be glad! Emmanuel… God is with us!

WISHING ALL DEAR FRIENDS AND READERS :
Happy Holidays,
A Very Joyful And Blessed Christmas,
& A Happy, Fulfilling And Healthy New Year 2018
That’s Filled With God’s Manifold Blessings Always!

Christmas 2017 and New Year 2018 greeting card
We take this opportunity to extend our grateful thanks
to all visitors and friends to our garden website.
Your visits and generous comments
through the years are much appreciated.
We look forward to your continuing support and encouragement.
God bless you and your beloved family always!

Solandra grandiflora produces fragrant and chalice-shaped flowers

Solandra grandiflora (Chalice Vine, Cup of Gold, Goldcup Vine, Golden Chalice Vine)

Attractive blooms of Solandra grandiflora (Chalice Vine, Cup of Gold, Goldcup Vine, Golden Chalice Vine) in white and yellow, 19 Sept 2017Chalice Vine or Cup of Gold is a very captivating climber that produces ornamental, chalice-shaped and fragrant flowers.

A free-flowering perennial vine that blooms year round.

Fabulous when trained on pergolas and trellises with their huge and creamy yellow and golden flowers cascading downwards.
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Vitis vinifera with grapes eaten fresh, processed to make vine and dried to produce raisins

Vitis vinifera (Common Grape Vine, Wine Grape, Purpleleaf Grape, Anggur in Malay)

Mesmerising dark blue-purple fruits of Vitis vinifera (Common Grape Vine, Wine Grape, Purpleleaf Grape, Anggur in Malay), 6 Dec 2017Common Grape Vine is economically important as a source of grapes, both for direct consumption of its sweet fruits and for fermentation to produce wine.

Also, it can be dried to produce raisins that are popularly used in cakes, eaten as is or added to various dishes.
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Tropaeolum majus produces flowers in kaleidoscopic colours

Tropaeolum majus (Nasturtium, Garden Nasturtium, Indian Cress, Monks Cress)

Captivating orange blossom of Tropaeolum majus (Nasturtium, Garden Nasturtium, Indian Cress, Monks Cress) seen in Cameron Highlands, 1 March 2016Garden Nasturtium or Indian Cress produces long-lasting  and kaleidoscopic flowers as well as attractive foliage that are water lily-like.

However, the downside is it self-seeds readily and may pop up in places where they are not wanted. No wonder, this beautiful plant is considered invasive in several areas including Hawaii, coastal California, Lord Howe Island and New Zealand. Read More >>

Manihot esculenta is one of the most important tropical food crops in the world

Manihot esculenta (Tapioca, Cassava, Brazilian Arrowroot, Yuca, Ubi Kayu in Malay)

Tubers of Manihot esculenta (Tapioca, Cassava, Brazilian Arrowroot, Yuca, Ubi Kayu in Malay) with chalk-white or yellowish flesh, 20 Nov 2017Tapioca or Cassava is the third largest source of food carbohydrates in the tropics, after rice and maize.

It is one of the most important staple food crops in the developing world and provides a basic diet for over half a billion people.
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