Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus) with loud territorial call!

Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus),Close-up of male Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus) feasting on fruits of our Manila/Christmas Palm, June 15 2013 these large birds have been residing on large trees in our neighbourhood for many many years, maybe a couple of decades! Mostly seen perched on a very tall and aged Norfolk Pine tree, growing in someone’s compound, six doors away from our home.

We’re absolutely thrilled to know its identity finally. A big thank you to Chan Kwee Peng, an active member of ‘My Nice Garden Chat’ on Facebook, who helped ID’ed it.

Asian Koel …what a lovely name, and the second word ‘Koel’ matches beautifully with its loud echoing territorial call ‘ko-eeul’! Probably that’s how its common name came about.

Check out the male and female Asian Koel’s call/sound at YouTube, can be quite compelling…!!

Yay… Cardwell Lily bloomed again during the Easter Season!

How blessed to witness the gradual sprouting of the inflorescence of our Proiphys amboinensis (Cardwell Lily), starting from April 27th! Initially, we assumed that a new leaf was emerging, a little doubtful though as the petiole was strangely white instead of light green. Blooming sequence of our Proiphys amboinensis (Cardwell Lily, Northern Christmas Lily) - Apr-May 2013Could it be a flowering spike?

Praise God, our excitement was confirmed the next day when the tiny growth gained momentum and sprang forth to display its tiny cluster of flower buds.

Simply marvelous! We weren’t at all surprised that the Cardwell Lilly chose to bloom again during the Easter Season. This is the third time that it rewarded us big time for our tender loving care, at two-year intervals.

And, all three flowering occasions were during the Easter Season. Apparently, these plants love the Easter Season as much as we do, celebrating Jesus Christ’s resurrection with a bouquet of fabulous pure white flowers and giving us much joy!

Chlorophytum comosum ‘Variegatum’ can be eye-catching too!

Chlorophytum comosum ‘Variegatum’ (White Spider, White-edged Spider Plant, Variegated Spider Ivy)

Hanging pot of Chlorophytum comosum 'Variegatum' (White/White-edged Spider Plant, Variegated Spider Ivy), Sept 6 2011Do you judge Spider Plants to be plain, ordinary and common?

Well, we did judge it so until about one and a half years ago when we spotted a few lovely hanging pots of Chlorophytum comosum ‘Variegatum’ at a garden nursery. This very popular cultivar has bright green to bluish green leaves with white margins. They looked so healthy and lustrous. And, encircling beneath the plants were countless baby spiders dancing along the elongated branched stolons… so prolific and eye-catching!

We were momentarily flabbergasted… have never seen such a magnificent display before!

Chlorophytum comosum 'Variegatum' (White/White-edged Spider Plant, Variegated Spider Ivy, Ribbon/Airplane Plant), with countless baby spidersAnd of course we did bring home one of those lovely pots of White Spider Plant that day.  Just anticipating the great number of plants that can be propagated from the dancing babies or presented as gifts to friends kept us smiling all the way home!

We simply dished out a single note of RM10/= to buy it and got more than our money’s worth instead! Isn’t that wonderful?

March to April 2013 in our tropical garden

Unpredictable weather can be so annoying at times! Blasting sunshine with extreme heat and interspersed with sudden erratic thunderstorms, lightning and heavy rainfall have been the norm for the months of March and April! Hardy plants just love them while the less hardy ones especially newly planted or repotted plants simply dread such extreme sudden changes in temperatures.

Overall, our garden plants in tropical Malaysia managed to challenge the dreadful weather and their happy smiling faces give us the impetus to carry on, regardless.

An overview of our tropical garden, captured March 29 2013


Asparagus densiflorus ‘Sprengeri’ with delicate fern-like leaves

Asparagus densiflorus ‘Sprengeri’ (Sprengeri/Sprenger’s Asparagus Fern, Asparagus/Emerald Fern, Basket Asparagus)

Our potted Asparagus densiflorus 'Sprengeri' (Sprengeri/Sprenger's Asparagus Fern, Asparagus/Foxtail Fern, Plume Asparagus)Though commonly known as a ‘fern’ because of its delicate fern-like leaves, this beautiful ornamental asparagus is not in any way related to it. Instead, Asparagus densiflorus ‘Sprengeri’ belongs to the Lily family, and is much easier to grow than ferns that are fragile and quite demanding.

A popular plant that will look its best if grown in a hanging basket or container, with its slender and cascading stems that are covered with emerald-green needle-like foliage, billowing gracefully in the breeze.

Asparagus densiflorus 'Sprengeri' (Sprengeri Asparagus Fern, Asparagus/Foxtail Fern, Plume Asparagus) with fern-like foliage and flowersAn ideal groundcover plant for the border too since it is dense, mounding and spreading in nature.

This herbaceous plant will be more captivating when it’s covered with white flowers and vibrant red berries as seen in images at Dave’s Garden. An outstanding contrast against the green foliage.

A wonderful foliage plant that is extremely versatile and most desirable to have in the garden.