National Gardens of Athens, Greece

Last week I travelled to Athens in Greece and spent a wonderful hour sight-seeing the grandeur of the National Gardens, its impressive trees, plants and flowers, ducks, pigeons and animals, as well as stroll along its seaside, plus immersed in viewing its awesome architechural buildings and museum. One solid hour was all I needed to delight myself, believe me! ;) Aha…you’ve guessed right, a virtual tour of course! :D Thanks to my wonderful garden forum friend, Liza who generously posted lovely pictures captured during her recent trip back home to her birth country!

Another impressive site here to wander further and learn alot more of Athens in Greece! Enjoy! :)

The splendid aroma of Pandanus amaryllifolius (Pandan Leaf)

Pandanus amaryllifolius/odorus (Fragrant Pandan/Screwpine, Pandan Leaf/Leaves)

Pandanus amaryllifolius (Fragrant Pandan/Screwpine, Pandan Leaf/Leaves) at our backyardis one of those long-domesticated plants and is the only Pandanus species with fragrant leaves. Our backyard garden is never without this essential plant!

Like the Murraya Koenigii commonly known as Curry Leaf/Leaves, its fragrant pandan leaves are very much needed in our Malaysian cooking and I can’t do without it! :)

They’re popularly used for adding fragrance in desserts, cakes, rice (especially ‘nasi lemak‘, one of our favourite meal), etc. For added flavour too, they can be used as wrappers for meat and seafood for frying, baking, grilling or steaming.

Posing in our tropical garden

We’ve captured so many pictures of our garden, yet have not taken a single photo of ourselves for a very, very long time amongst our lovely plants and flowers that we’ve cared for so tenderly and lovingly. Pretty strange, huh? Or are we gardeners really shy people? But we’ve lots of treasured shots with our human family! Why, the double standard – aren’t these plants our babies too? ;) Well…there are many different kinds of love (agape, philia and eros) and many different ways of loving!

Crack-Pot! Manila Palm burst its seam!

“Darling, there’s a crack pot outside!”, remarked my early bird hubby as I was descending downstairs one early morning about ten days ago. I was still groggy and the first thing that flashed in my mind was a crack-pot (a nut case), someone of unsound mind, doing his/her thing outside our gate! “Crackpot?”, I enquired. “Come and see”, he called out.

Dieffenbachia Species – toxic, yet an air purifier!

Dieffenbachia Amoena 'Tropic Snow' Leaves of Dieffenbachia Maculata Dieffenbachia 'Star Bright'