Our garden joy from July to August 2013 – Part 2

Continuing from Part 1

Many of our plants flowered and shouted for attention during the last two months as the fine weather was in tune with their demands. Even the non-flowering ones delighted us so with their luscious growth. Without fail, our tropical garden has a constant supply to provide us with our daily dose of joy!

Torenia fournieri (Wishbone Flower, Bluewings) – sprouted with a vengeance and filled up every nook and corner with their cheerful, smiling faces. Torenias are beautiful and reliable filler plants for borders and containers, even the bricks and cracks in walls are not spared their presence. The best part is they self-seed readily and endlessly.

Torenia fournieri and Dwarf Tabernaemontana divaricata, at our outer border, Aug 24 2013

Going through my archived articles, I’ve observed that they were rarely mentioned in spite of giving us much pleasure all these years. They definitely have a special place in our hearts. I plead negligence and has now ranked them top priority here!

Our garden joy from July to August 2013 – Part 1

Happenings in our tropical garden continue to intrigue us during the last two months of July and August. To some people, these may seem so ordinary that need no mention, yet to my beloved John and I, they are treasures to behold! Wonders of nature that have somewhat become our daily dose of joy to keep us happy, cheerful and thankful.

Leucocoprinus birnbaumii (Flowerpot parasol) seen for the first time as temporary squatters in a pot with Dracaena marginata! Thanks to Aaron Ang of ‘My Nice Garden Chat’ on Facebook for ID who also informed me that they’re not plants but fungi. Haha… such ignorance at a golden age! Quickly googled to educate myself… and enjoyed reading the Fun Facts about Fungi and Fascinating Fungi

Collage showing growth of Leucocoprinus birnbaumii in sequence


Add Crinum asiaticum ‘Variegatum’ to brighten your garden!

Crinum asiaticum ‘Variegatum’ (Variegated Crinum, Variegated Grand Crinum Lily, Variegated Giant Spider Lily, Striped Bengal Lily, Asiatic Poison Bulb)

Crinum asiaticum 'Variegatum' (Variegated Grand Crinum Lily, Variegated Giant Spider Lily, Striped Bengal Lily, Asiatic Poison Bulb), 21 July 2013We just did that last July… added a pot of Variegated Crinum to brighten our courtyard that desperately needed a life saver. This plant stands out remarkably well where green abounds!

It was love at first sight when I saw this large-leaved beauty at a nearby garden centre recently.

The purity of the white bands on its green foliage is simply attractive, to say the least. I was terribly fascinated with the leaves variegation… so beautiful, none of the leaf blades are patterned alike.

We had purchased it for a steal… just RM15 for a medium-sized plant with two pups that made it all the more worthwhile.

Crinum asiaticum 'Variegatum' (Variegated Grand Crinum Lily, Asiatic Poison Bulb) and other foliage plants at our courtyard - July 5, 2013I was giddy with delight, foreseeing the pups being eventually separated and grown individually as new plants. How wonderful… more plants, thus more pups to perpetuate its dramatic existence in our garden, indefinitely! Besides, they’ll be great as gifts to friends and neighbours.

It was a breeze nailing this plant’s ID. Somehow its structure and form reminded me of the Grand Crinum Lily with totally green leaves that I’ve written about previously. Simply googling for ‘variegated crinum lily’ and viola… the results were spot-on!

Large monitor lizard came a-visiting in August 2013!

Who’s there?
Monitor who?
Monitor lizard… make way, I’m coming through!

What a wonderful sighting outside our backyard – a monitor lizard came a-visiting! Not a tiny-weeny one like the Garden fence lizard but a large and fat fella.

Close-up of a 5-ft long monitor lizard (Varanus bengalensis), Aug 10 2013

Having our afternoon siesta in the quiet of the afternoon a few days ago, we were suddenly jolted by the thunderous and continuous barking by our darling pet dog, Maxi. I jumped up, fully awake when my beloved John, the first to check the cause of the din, woke me up to inform that a monitor lizard was just outside our backyard gate.

Stromanthe sanguinea ‘Triostar’ with vibrant technicolor foliage

Stromanthe sanguinea ‘Triostar’ (Triostar Ginger, Triostar/Tricolor Stromanthe, Never-never Plant)

Stromanthe sanguinea 'Triostar' (Never-never Plant, Triostar Ginger, Triostar/Tricolor Stromanthe), shot June 7 2013One of the most dramatic of foliage plants, Stromanthe sanguinea ‘Triostar’, also known as ‘Tricolor’, is certainly not to be missed in your garden collection. It is a hot favourite amongst foliage lovers worldwide because of its dazzling colours.

We brought home a lovely pot recently and are absolutely fascinated with its very colourful variegated leaves. Purchased it for RM10, relatively cheap as we could have sub-divided into a few more pots had we desired.