May 2012: a glimpse into our courtyard garden!

Though just a small courtyard with a space measuring 13 by 8 feet, this lovely rectangular void serves us very well indeed! Luxuriant foliage plants to greet us endlessly throughout the day and a private place to do some exercises to keep us healthy. Besides, it brightens our indoors with sunlight penetrating through the sliding glass doors and windows and refreshes air within our home. We just love this open space.

Even though the number of plants have been greatly reduced deliberately due to health reasons, as compared previously, whatever is being displayed currently is sufficient to delight and keep us extremely happy and contented!

Sharing pictures below to give you a glimpse into our courtyard garden. Enjoy!

Mostly foliage plants at our courtyard garden
An overall view of our courtyard (indoor) garden which is adjacent to our dining hall. Mostly showcasing tropical foliage plants.

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Agave desmettiana ‘Variegata’ – an elegant ornamental succulent

Agave desmettiana ‘Variegata’ (Dwarf Variegated Agave, Variegated Smooth Agave, Variegated Smooth Century Plant)

Agave desmettiana 'Variegata' (Dwarf Variegated Agave, Variegated Smooth Agave/Century Plant), beautifully variegated in green and yellowThis variegated form of Agave desmettiana is obviously more charming than the typical non-variegated species. An elegant medium-sized succulent shrub, Agave desmettiana ‘Variegata’ showcases bright green to blueish-green leaves with creamy to golden-yellow variegation along the margins. Simply enchanting!

Agave desmettiana 'Variegata' (Dwarf Variegated Agave, Variegated Smooth Agave/Century Plant) with 3 flowering stalks, March 5 2012We were excited when we chanced upon a colony of these plants beautifying the landscape outside a bungalow house in a nearby residential area last October. And, were even more captivated when we observed two flowering stalks towering above the plants a few months later, with a third addition not long later.

A dramatic beauty, fabulously structured as an urn-shaped rosette that’s popularly grown as an ornamental plant for the landscape in the ground or in a large modern container for outdoors and indoors.
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White Mussaenda – our garden star for April 2012

We just couldn’t manage to tend to our garden plants due to my illness. Despite being almost neglected, our babies thrived well with nature taking care of them. Our tropical climate with heavy showers and abundant sunshine did the job for us, thank goodness!

The White Mussaenda tree…

that is botanically named Mussaenda philippica ‘Aurorae’, as seen, is the happiest of the lot. Truly our garden star for the month of April 2012. Spectacular and sparkling with its off-white crowning glory, it is a sight to behold and truly uplift our spirits!

A broader view of our frontyard, beautifully spotlit by the White Mussaenda tree = April 28 2012
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Announcement: Hospital vacation for yours truly!

APRIL 18 2012 – AN UPDATE:
JOHN AND I WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND OUR HEARTFELT GRATITUDE, APPRECIATION AND THANKS TO ALL YOU DEAR PEOPLE FOR YOUR PRAYERS, WELL WISHES AND KIND THOUGHTS.
I’LL BE UNDERGOING CHEMOTHERAPY FROM MAY TO NOVEMBER END, THAT IS, ONE SESSION WEEKLY FOR 30 SESSIONS ALTOGETHER.

My operation performed on March 20 was a great success where an extended right hemi-colectomy was done for my transverse colon cancer (stage 3).
Your prayers and those offered too by many other prayer warriors have certainly touch God’s heart, overflowing with divine mercy, love and grace. Glory, praise and thanks to Our Risen Lord – You’re my beloved and trusted physician, surgeon and healer.
By God’s grace, I’m currently recovering pretty well and gaining strength gradually, nursed by my beloved hubby with his tender, loving care – I’m truly blessed indeed!
Being now branded with the ‘Big C’, I’ll need to undergo chemo therapy eventually. Please continue to uplift me in your prayers for a full recovery and be truly strengthened for the chemo ordeal later.
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Our tropical garden charmers in February 2012

Flowering and foliage plants just love the sunshine and rain that were showered abundantly in February. We can see their joy and sense that all’s well by the way they sparkle with luscious growth and dance with colourful blooms in our tropical garden.

How wonderful! And somehow, some plants will stand out to outshine the others or to charm us out of the blue as we continue with our gardening passion!

One such charmer is Sansevieria ‘Bantel’s Sensation’!

Sansevieria trifasciata 'Bantel's Sensation' blooming again - Feb 2012Yay… blooming again!

In deep slumber for almost two years, the White Sansevieria or White Snakeplant finally decided to wake up and beautify itself early last month. Out of the blue when least expected, it sprang forth two marvelous flowering stalks as payback.

Truly surprised us as sansevierias rarely flower and even if they do, it’s just one stalk, very seldom two!

Closeup on flowers of Sansevieria trifasciata 'Bantel's Sensation' - Feb 2012Slim and erect, they were almost hidden from view by the surrounding stripy foliage in white and dark green, as well as blocked by the bushy Blue Hydrangea shrubs that tower above. Fortunately John spotted them during weeding.

Anyhow, their presence would have been detected sooner or later when the buds break forth to exude an enchanting fragrance in the late evenings. Hmm… the perfume is something to look forward to though the spell will last about 2 weeks until the flowers are spent!
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