2013 Christmas and 2014 New Year Greetings

For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given…
And His name shall be called Wonderful Counsellor,
Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)

Rejoice and be glad! Emmanuel… God is with us!

Happy Holidays,
A Very Joyful And Blessed Christmas,
& A Happy, Fulfilling And Healthy New Year 2014
That’s Filled With God’s Manifold Blessings Always!

Christmas 2013 and New Year 2014 greeting card
We take this opportunity to extend our grateful thanks
to all visitors and friends to our garden website. Your visits
and generous comments through the years are much appreciated and
we look forward to your continuing support and encouragement. God bless!!

Ruellia simplex ‘Purple Showers’, a year round bloomer in full sun

Ruellia simplex (Britton’s Wild Petunia, Desert/Mexican Petunia, Mexican Bluebell)

Ruellia simplex 'Purple Showers' (Britton's Wild Petunia, Mexican Petunia/Bluebell) in our garden, Sept 28 2013Ruellia simplex or better known by its synonyms R. brittoniana and R. tweediana, is a delightful plant to have in one’s home garden. We got several plants in three small poly bags for a steal… really dirt cheap for just RM10.

These lovely plants came to mind when we wanted to overhaul our outer border about six months ago. We needed a fast-growing evergreen perennial that can tolerate full sun, and possess just the right height and colours for the back of our border.

Ruellia simplex 'Purple Showers' or R. tweediana/brittoniana (Britton's Wild Petunia, Mexican Petunia/Bluebell) in our garden, 10 Dec 2013And, Britton’s Wild Petunia was just the perfect choice! It’ll grow up to a meter (3 ft) tall and produce smashing purple flowers all year round in our tropical climate! Besides, the contrasting dark green foliage gives a perfect backdrop for its striking blooms.

The vibrant purple, petunia-like blooms are simply glorious! Though short-lived and drop off easily, the eye-catchy flowers never fail to greet us each morning. Such a joy to see these free-flowering plants beautifying that little spot.

Tradescantia pallida ‘Purple Heart’ or ‘Purpurea’ is simply irresistible!

Tradescantia pallida  ‘Purpurea’ or ‘Purple Heart’ (Purple Queen, Purple Heart, Purple Secretia)

Tradescantia pallida 'Purpurea' or 'Purple Heart' in hanging potAbsolutely value for money… it cost us just RM10 for a pot of Tradescantia pallida last June! We couldn’t be happier since seeing its steady and luscious growth.

This attractive cultivar ‘Purple Heart’, with its fine-textured foliage in rich and deep purple hues provides an engaging sparkle amidst the greenery in our tropical garden.

Undoubtedly, the Purple Queen as commonly named, deserves to be enthroned in a hanging basket to show off its succulent, long and leafy stems that cascade down so beautifully.

It is another love-at-first-sight plant Flower of Tradescantia pallida 'Purpurea' (Purple Queen, Purple Heart, Purple Secretia) - Nov 14 2013that had me seduced effortlessly. Simply irresistible! I was instantly mesmerized by its fabulous deep purple-coloured foliage and the tiny pink flowers that peeped out from the overlapping and curving bracts at stem tips.

Thank goodness our visit to the garden nursery that day was in the morning and we got to see the attractive blooms which typically will disappear by early afternoon.

September to October 2013 in our tropical garden

Celebrating new plants that were added to our tropical garden collection during the last two months of September and October… of course, the old-timers are being appreciated too! So many gorgeous beauties, making us giddy with delight, especially me.

I simply love buying plants to change the scenario in our garden periodically, to make it more interesting and be dazzled by the changes they present.

Our garden beauties at the frontyard, October 31 2013

It’s inevitable that all gardens undergo changes due to a myriad of reasons.

Whatever, there’s always many good reasons to go plant-shopping. Yet, my darling John would breathe down my neck often times, reminding me that we have more than enough plants to maintain and enjoy. Nonetheless, he’ll listen to my reasons, then mellow out and advise me to be selective in my purchases.

How to revive an ailing Variegated Crinum Lily?

Crinum asiaticum 'Variegatum' (Variegated Grand Crinum Lily,Striped Bengal Lily, Asiatic Poison Bulb) - 21 July 2013We were overwhelmed with joy when an eye-catching Variegated Crinum Lily joined our garden party at the beginning of July 2013.

However, it didn’t cross our mind at all that our joy at seeing its beautiful presence at our courtyard would be short-lived! Just three months down the road and it had lost its lushness.

What a sorry state the plant was in, when we scrutinized it about 10 days ago!

Crinum asiaticum 'Variegatum', infested by red spider mites - 10 October 2013One moment our Variegated Grand Crinum Lily (Crinum asiaticum ‘Variegatum’) looked so healthy and sparkling, the very next moment, so to speak, fully riddled with unsightly patches.

So heartbreaking to see the extent of foliage damage by the invading pest and its troop.

Many times we have failed to look at the underside of leaves for signs of pest disease until it’s too late. Read More >>