Christmas Greetings 2007

Christmas countdown – only 3 more days left!

As we prepare to receive Jesus coming into our hearts this Christmas, let’s take these last few days of Advent to find time to rest in God’s constant love and faithfulness and thank Him for all His wondrous blessings, guidance and protection, especially having filled our lives with family and friends.

Attacus atlas, the largest moth in the world!

Attacus atlas (Atlas Moth)

Giant moth (Attacus atlas) resting on net at our backyard Yay, I have finally unravelled the identify of this stunning beauty!

How wonderful to be able to name it after almost 4 years since it was last sighted at our backyard in January 24, 2004. And, to know that this was a handsome male moth and learn so much more about it. Sad though, to read that an adult Atlas moth can live only for about two weeks. They do not eat at all throughout their adult life, do not even have mouths and live off fat reserves built up when they were caterpillars. They quickly mate, lay eggs, and die shortly thereafter.

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