A magical moment with Orthetrum testaceum testaceum

Orthetrum testaceum testaceum (Burmeister, 1839) –

A gorgeous red dragonfly that is quite a frequent visitor to our tropical garden spot! But its recent morning visit a few days ago, on December 12 was exceptionally exciting because it landed on ME and stayed for two whole minutes…unbelievable! And the best part was I was able to capture that magical moment with my very reliable camera Canon PowerShot A60! :D

Splendid Euphorbia milii in exotic and bizarre colors!

Euphorbia milii (Crown of Thorns, Christ Plant/Crown)

Euphorbia milii with red flowers stands out in our garden We simply adore the Crown of Thorns! One of our top favorites that blooms all year round in our tropical garden, never ceasing to brighten each day with its striking and brilliant red clustered bracts. We have grown them since year 2002. Amazing plant, so hardy and very floriferous!

Simply love this original and stunning Christmas color combination of red and green, above all the other Euphorbia milii colors available! Hehe…I am an old-fashioned kind of gal! :D

Cheerful and sunny faces of Melampodium divaricatum

Melampodium divaricatum (Butter daisy, Star Daisy)

Melampodium divaricatum (Butter daisy) in our garden, September 2004 Don’t you agree that Melampodium divaricatum has such delightfully cheerful faces? It is one of the most prolific summer bloomers and gaining much popularity, similar to the Marigolds and Zinnias.

Attractive buttery yellow flowers, cheering all year round in our tropical heat, bringing sunshine even on rainy days! It is such a happy plant, sharing its joy endlessly with its profusion of colors, and self-seeding tirelessly to populate our little garden plot. Such adorable little plants! :D

Lovely white wings of Mussaenda Luteola

Mussaenda luteola (Dwarf Yellow Mussaenda, White Wing) –

Tiny yellow stars of Mussaenda luteola in our garden, captured March 10, 2007 Mussaenda luteola (or M. incana/lutea) in our garden

Ornamental beauty of Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’

Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’ (Goldband Sansevieria)

Sansevieria trifasciata 'Laurentii', captured September 14, 2007 Presented as a gift by my sister, this beautifully structured S. trifasciata ‘Laurentii’ has been in our garden since early year 2005! But of course it was scanty then and less than a foot high. Needing the least care, it has grown remarkably well through the years, adding so many offsets freely that we’re surprised its pot is still intact and unbroken!

Amazing, the tallest leaf as of today, measures 46 inches, almost 4 feet! What a delightfully fuss-free beauty and needs no grooming! It has not flowered yet, but we’re not bothered as it’s cultivated more for its attractive foliage. Anyway, we’re more than happy, having seen flowers before from our White Sansevieria, not once but twice! ;)