Bismarckia nobilis, a striking and spectacular fan palm

Bismarckia nobilis (Bismarck Palm, Bismark Palm)

Bismarckia nobilis (Bismarck Palm, Bismark Palm) in large concrete containers, seen at Hospital UKMis a striking and spectacular palm that has become an absolute craze among landscapers in tropical and sub-tropical regions this last two decades. Majestic and domineering in appearance, the all-time favourite Bismarck Palm will brighten any landscape or scenery, be it day or night, with its brilliant silvery blue or gray to bluish green massive crown of beautiful fan-like fronds.

Dypsis lutescens, an elegant and graceful yellow butterfly palm

Dypsis lutescens (Yellow Butterfly Palm, Golden Yellow Palm, Yellow Bamboo Palm, Cane Palm, Areca Palm)

Dypsis lutescens (Yellow Butterfly Palm, Golden Yellow Palm, Yellow Bamboo Palm, Cane Palm, Areca Palm)A small to medium-sized clustering palm tree that is widely cultivated as an ornamental plant worldwide, especially in the tropical and sub-tropical climate. Dypsis lutescens is popularly sought after by home gardeners, interiorscapers and landscapers alike, not only for its ease of growth but mostly for its aesthetic beauty of elegance and grace.

Versatile and hardy, these Yellow Butterfly Palms with long and arching fronds that sway gracefully with the wind and breeze, can be grown as indoor potted plants or ground-grown outdoors in the full sun.

April 2011: Easter Joy in our tropical garden!

What marvels The Lord worked for us!
Indeed we were glad. (Psalm 126:3)

Proiphys amboinensis (Cardwell Lily, Northern Christmas Lily), an Easter flowering miracle again! Shot April 30 2011

Simply unbelievable! Not only was our potted Proiphys amboinensis (Cardwell Lily) blooming for the second time around in two years but once again resurrected during the Easter season!

Propagating Pandanus amaryllifolius (Fragrant Pandan)

Pandanus amaryllifolius Fragrant Pandan/Screwpine)

a lone ranger in a terracota pot at our backyard, was almost wrecked but ended remarkably well eventually!

Pandanus amaryllifolius, with growing tip destroyed by monkeys. Shot Dec 30 2009Usually, the edible P. amaryllifolius or Fragrant Pandan suckers freely when grown in the ground with ample space to expand but very rarely in pots due to space constraints as observed and experienced by us over many years. However, a fluke incident showed us that it can be achieved, though somewhat differently.

This was what happened when the cat’s away, the mice were at play! The wild monkeys that prowled behind our backyard had a field day during our absence when we were holidaying at Felda Residence Hot Springs, Sungkai in December 2009. And, with our beloved miniature pinscher, Maxi, away too at a boarding home, they targeted our luxuriat Pandan Leaf plant and destroyed its growing tip as pictured on the right.

Happy Easter 2011

To All Celebrating the feast of The Risen Lord Jesus…
John and I would like to wish you and your family…

An Easter 2011 greeting card with images of a crucifix & a flower+fruits of the Passiflora edulis (Passion Fruit) vine
An easter greeting card specially created bearing a crucifix and an image of the flower and fruits
of Passiflora edulis (Purple Passion Fruit), depicting our Lord’s passion, death and resurrection