Wodyetia bifurcada with spectacular foxtail-like fronds

Wodyetia bifurcada (Foxtail Palm, Wodyetia Palm)

Wodyetia bifurcada (Foxtail Palm): landscaped along the highway's road dividerToo bad our small-spaced home garden is unable to accommodate this enchanting and gorgeous Foxtail Palm, aptly named as its leaves or fronds are bushy and likened to the tail of a fox.

Fortunately, these spectacular palm trees with foxtail-like fronds have become an absolute craze among landscapers in our tropical country, Malaysia and we can still get to enjoy them even not planted in our garden.

Wodyetia bifurcada (Foxtail Palm) with clusters of unripen fruits, 15 Oct 2013They’re grown almost at every nook and corner, especially along byways and highways, road dividers, roundabouts, and landscaping around shopping malls, hotels, parking areas and elsewhere.

They are also popularly planted elsewhere around the world wherever there’s conducive and suitable conditions, even in the sub-tropics. Surprisingly that even though there are countless Wodyetia bifurcada growing worldwide, the Queensland Government still has it listed as an endangered species.

Wodyetia bifurcada's (Foxtail Palm) cluster of ripen fruits, 29 Nov 2013Go for it if you have a bungalow or residential property that is surrounded with sufficient garden space.

These appealing palm trees will be a grand and awesome display, especially when the duck-egg-sized, orange-red fruits adorn its trunk!

You can either form an informal hedge for privacy, mark your property’s boundary and grown collectively as a group or single specimen.

September 2012 in our tropical garden

Gardening is so very rewarding!! We’re blessed with plants and flowers that make us cheerful and happy everyday, like our beloved and faithful Miniature Pinscher, Maxi who uplifts our spirits endlessly with his charming ways.

Mophead Hydrangea in blue is the starring beauty for September 2012 in our tropical garden.
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Endless Summer' with remarkable display in our garden, Sept 2012 #2/2For the first time our gorgeous perennial plants flushed happily with many cluster of blooms, probably after being fed with organic fertilizer. We’re amazed that the plants are flowering almost at the same time to present a remarkable display!

Flowers are long-lasting and turn pink or purplish-pink as they age… isn’t that great, no need to buy the pink variety?
Really put smiles on our faces when we see our plants looking luscious and happy! Just love the blues in our garden! :-)

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Endless Summer' (Mophead Hydrangea, Bigleaf Hydrangea, French Hydrangea, Hortensia) with remarkable display in our garden, Sept 2012

How to propagate Anthuriums by division

The pink dwarf anthurium in a 5.5-inch (13.97cm) wide pot which was added to our tropical garden in September 2011 had outgrown its space Our potted Anthurium spp. (a dwarf variety with tiny pink blooms)and definitely need some attention from us.

Hence I took the opportunity to do the needful, that is, dividing the whole clump into two sections and pot them separately as a means to propagate them. Also, a chance for me to share a how-to article about the propagation which is easily done.

How to propagate an Anthurium plant by division:

1. Propagating our Pink Anthurium (a dwarf variety) by division - Step 1Propagating our Pink Anthurium (a dwarf variety) by division - Step 1Carefully remove the plant from its pot when the soil had become congested with roots. Then use a knife or something similar to divide the clump and gently shake away the excess soil from its roots. I’ve divided it into two sections as illustrated in the image above.

August 2012 in our tropical garden

A few unexpected surprises that thrilled us so last month and brought joy to our hearts!

with vibrant scarlet-coloured or reddish-orange flowers bloomed for the second time, about 2¼ years after the first flowering in April 2010. Seriously, we had wanted to thrash it but before removing it, I decided to cut off their foliage early July to see what would happen. When some new leaves emerged, a flowering stalk soon followed. How wonderful!!
A budding flower stalk of our brilliant scarlet-coloured Hippeastrum had emerged, 26 July 2012! Brilliant scarlet-coloured Hippeastrum, changing to red as it ages, August 5 2012
The large flowers are 13 cm in width on a flowering spike of 47 cm tall. Even though it had only two flowers, it was amazing to watch it unfurled, from a bud to its glorious beauty!
Collage of the blooming stages of our vibrant scarlet-coloured Hippeastrum

Syngonium podophyllum cultivars with attractively patterned foliage

Syngonium podophyllum (Goosefoot Plant, Arrowhead Vine/Plant, Nephthytis, Five-fingers, African/American Evergreen)

Syngonium podophyllum 'Pixie' (Goosefoot Plant, Arrowhead Vine/Plant, Nephthytis), with lovely shades of green and obvious creamy white markingsWe just love variegated foliage plants.

These are one of those plants where the leaves are attractively patterned in various lovely colourful shades that make them as desirable to have in any garden, outdoors.

And you can even grow them indoor as houseplants.

Syngonium podophyllum 'Pixie' (Goosefoot Plant, Arrowhead Vine/Plant), added to our garden in September 2011A pot of Syngonium podophyllum ‘Pixie’, a compact and bushy cultivar with smaller leaves that are variably shaded in green with creamy white markings, and costing RM13.00, was added to our garden in September 2011.

We had propagated further into 3 pots now. Just fantastic as they’re easily multiplied and you’re guaranteed of their existence for life in your garden. Yay!

Nowadays, you get to see various cultivars or varieties with gorgeous subtle shades of pink and sometimes delicately flushed on the green leaf blades at garden centers. Click this link to Glasshouse Works to enjoy lovely photos of the cultivars available.