Hibiscus mutabilis (Confederate Rose), in changeable colours

Hibiscus mutabilis (Confederate Rose, Cotton Rose)

Hibiscus mutabilis Confederate Rose, Cotton Rose) with white and pink colours, a double bloom formFloral colours change almost like colour-changing handkerchiefs in a magic show! However, unlike that magic trick, the stunningly large flowers do it very gracefully over a period of a day. They open the purest of white in the morning, then very gradually change to light pink in the afternoon and darken to rose-pink towards end of the day. One-day bloomers that flop and drop dead the next day.

Crinum asiaticum (Grand Crinum Lily), an impressively huge plant

Crinum asiaticum (Giant/Grand Crinum Lily, Asiatic Poison Bulb/Lily, Seashore Lily)

Crinum asiaticum (Giant/Grand Crinum Lily, Poison Bulb), planted by the roadsideAn impressively huge lily with large leaves and large clusters of big blooms. Hence, not surprising that Crinum asiaticum goes by the common names, Giant Lily or Grand Lily that aptly describes its spectacular appearance.
Hmm… everything seems gigantic! Even its bulbs underground may weigh up to 20 lbs (9 kg), a fact that we just knew while researching for this post!

Crinum asiaticum (Giant/Grand Crinum Lily, Poison Bulb): buds and white flowersWe’ve observed that this dramatic plant is gaining much popularity among landscapers in recent years. It’s overtaking in numbers the Hymenocallis caribaea (Caribbean Spiderlily), plants belonging to the same Amaryllis family, that are also used to dot our local landscapes.

Elsewhere, in many warm-climate regions around the world, Crinum asiaticum is also a hot favourite landscape plant.

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 mphonline.com, 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