Wonderful world of winged insects (Pterygota)

Such beautiful creatures of the animal kingdom found in our lovely garden spot! And I simply love taking pictures of them whenever I get the chance! Be it an ordinary fly, spider, or other small living things, all fascinates me so as they share our wonderful world of nature!

Do enjoy some of these winged beauties that have graced our garden! :D

October 2007 in our garden

Gardens everywhere evolve unceasingly, including our tropical garden! Day in and day out, plants continue thrusting forward and flowers yelling their heads off, to our great delight, amazement and wonder!

October has been quite a wet month with more rainy days than hot days. Somehow, in the month of October, they will always be at least 9 continuous rainy days that always coincide with the Nine Emperor Gods Festival that falls on the ninth day of the ninth moon in the Chinese Lunar Calendar (usually in early October), celebrated by Chinese devotees for nine consecutive days. Don’t ask me why but that’s the uncanny reality.


Photoshop tutorial – Collage showcasing pictures of a pretty creepy-crawly!

Collage showcasing images of the beautiful insect with orange trimming, easily created in Photoshop CS2What an attractive bug! It was crawling leisurely around our courtyard and begging to be photographed! I succeeded in taking quite a number of its image, but an insect with nothing much around isn’t so exciting to view!

What do you think I did? A photo collage, of course as seen here! ;)

Pithecellobium dulce ‘Variegated’ is so attractive!

Pithecellobium dulce ‘Variegated’ (Variegated Madras Thorn, Manila Tamarind)

Variegated Leaves of Pithecellobium dulce 'Variegated'The foliage of Variegated Madras Thorn is so attractive, with its captivating mix of pink, white and green. It is definitely an ornamental beauty to brighten any dullness in gardens and landscapes.

We especially love this gorgeous shrub that stands out beautifully amidst the greenery in our garden. Besides, its ability to take trim after trim to maintain a low height and still shine in its container is such an asset for us container-gardening gardeners! Long may you live in our garden!! :D

Amazing evergreen foliage of Podocarpus macrophyllus var. Maki

Podocarpus macrophyllus var. Maki

Podocarpus macrophyllus 'Maki', shot Novemeber 14, 2006Japanese Yew was added to our garden in early 2003, given by a neighborhood friend! About a foot tall then, it is now almost 4 feet in the same pot we first planted it in! It would have been much taller if I had not trained its single trunk to grow in a spiral fashion. However, what’s really amazing is its longevity where untrimmed leaves are as evergreen as we first saw them and still around after almost 5 years, truly remarkable!