March 2011 in our tropical garden

Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum ‘Burgundy’

Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum 'Burgundy' or 'Sizzling Pink' looking gorgeous after a trimFor months, this 7-year-old potted plant had screamed for a decent trim! It had straggly branches that looked so unkempt but as usual I had procrastinated with my garden chores.

Finally, I relented and gave it a haircut, so severe that I almost bald it in late February. However, it was terribly happy and started throwing out flowering buds a week later.

See, how handsomely it rewarded us. Hmm… it sure is a grateful charmer! Thank you… thank you, our sweet and vibrant pink beauty, you’re our garden star for March!

Tropical Horticulture & Gardening – book by Francis S.P. Ng

Yay! We’re extremely exhilarated! A brand new garden book in our possession since a week ago! Easily ordered at, fast delivery by courier within 3 business days and the best part was there’s a 20% discount for online purchase.

Tropical Horticulture & Gardening, a book by Francis S.P. NgNo hassle at all in getting this splendid book and it costs us only RM78.92, inclusive of delivery charges, and in perfect condition too!

This highly acclaimed book, a soft-cover edition is none other than ‘Tropical Horticulture & Gardening‘, authored by Dr. Francis S.P.Ng, a Malaysian Consultant Botanist who was awarded the David Fairchild Medal for Plant Exploration on 6 February 2009 in Miami, USA. Visit him online at Tropical Gardening, a blog he maintains.

A-Z Tropical Palms Photo Gallery

A-Z Tropical Palms in Malaysia
– a photo gallery to showcase their majestic beauty

Click a link for palm profile, culture and more photos or click on image to see a larger version.

More photos of tropical palms will be added from time to time. Keep tune for more!

Last update: 15 October 2013

White-browed Bulbuls nesting at our garden porch again!

[Note: Recently discovered in April 2014 that this bird is actually Pycnonotus goiavier (Yellow-vented Bulbul). Sorry for the wrong ID]

Is it a success story for this pair of Pycnonotus luteolus goiavier
(White-browed Yellow-vented Bulbuls)? You guess…

We had prayed and hoped that it would be so for this pair of lovely birds nesting at our garden porch! Somewhat similar like that experienced by another pair that successfully fledged their chicks almost 3 years ago at the same location.

Such joy and excitement!

Collage: Pycnonotus goiavier (Yellow-vented Bulbul) nesting on Lady Palm trees at our garden porch


Fuchsia species & hybrids with superb flower dangles!

Fuchsia species and hybrids

Fuchsia 'Garden News' with attractive flowers in pale pink and magenta/fuchsiaWe were definitely impressed by our first sighting of these superb flower dangles on the Fuchsia plants at the Cactus Valley in Brinchang, Cameron Highlands, home to many of Malaysia’s spectacular flower gems rarely seen elsewhere, especially in the lowlands.

Numerous trusses of beautiful and vibrantly coloured blooms were seen hanging pendulously over some large and luxuriant shrubs. Fuchsia shrubs of various cultivars were crowded together, parading the eye-catching beauty of the their kaleidoscopic floral colours in a dramatic and romantic fashion! A captivating sight to behold!

Observing the exotic flowers more closely, they do resemble ballerinas as many have suggested… the stamens and style look like the ballerina’s legs while the sepals and corolla resembling the dancer’s multi-coloured tutu!