January 2012 in our tropical garden

Haha! Showing off some of our garden plants at our front yard, especially
the inner garden plot that had some make-up done recently.
Plants are growing splendidly to cheer our grieving hearts.

Gardening is so rewarding! Really uplift our spirits and put smiles on our faces
when we see our plants looking luscious and happy!

Enjoy please… we’ll let the pictures tell their story!

A broader view of our inner garden border and porch
A broader view of our inner garden border and porch.

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2012 Chinese New Year Greetings and Decor at Pavilion KL

Wishing All Friends, Relatives & Visitors
A VERY HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS
CHINESE NEW YEAR 2012
2012 Chinese New Year greeting card
2012 LUNAR NEW YEAR OR THE YEAR OF THE WATER DRAGON
will start from 23 January 2012 and end on 9 February 2013.
To kick-start the Chinese New Year, the Chinese communities around the world
will have a grand celebration for 15 days.
Get to know more of the CNY festivities, culture and tradition here.

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Euphorbia bracteata with quaint bird-like flowers

Euphorbia bracteata (Little Bird Flower, Slipper Plant, Candelilla)

Birdlike flowers (cyathia) of Euphorbia bracteata (Little Bird Flower, Slipper Plant, Candelilla), at a garden centerAn attractively beautiful shrub, Euphorbia bracteata is home to numerous quaint-looking birds when it blooms. Figuratively speaking, of course! They’re not our feathered friends, the chirpy and lively birds in the real sense but flowers that appear so similar to birds that make them as desirable to have in the garden.

Collage of Euphorbia bracteata (Little Bird Flower), including seeds and seedlingsOur special thanks to a generous Church friend, Connie, who first introduced us to this lovely plant by presenting us a couple of seedpods and a stem cutting last May. In addition she gave us 2 potted seedlings several months later when propagation failed. We’re glad her persistence paid off and we now have them growing well, though a tad too slow, in our garden. Looking forward impatiently to enjoy the green birds on our plants, probably a year from now.
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December 2011 – our tropical garden update

Some new plants were added to our little garden paradise in December. Not perfectly timed though as we purchased them three days too early, just before our dearly beloved mother’s (John’s mom, my mother-in-law) unexpected sudden demise on December 12th. She’s much loved and missed by us all but God loves her more.

Closeup on flower bud of Costus woodsonii (Red Button Ginger, Scarlet Spiral Flag)Inadvertently, the garden was neglected during our recent bereavement and needless to say, there were some casualties during the couple of weeks surrender to nature’s harsh heat.

Fortunately, a pot of Costus woodsonii (Red Button Ginger) that were newly planted at our inner border survived the ordeal and even managed to produce some suckers.

However, some leaves were scorched and appear unsightly while others have yellow spots on them. Hoping that the yellow leaf spots were caused by water on the leaves with exposure to direct sunlight or nutrient deficiency and not some pest infestation.
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Christmas 2011 & New Year 2012 Greetings

WISHING ALL DEAR FRIENDS AND READERS :

HAPPY HOLIDAYS,
MERRY CHRISTMAS,
AND A VERY BLESSED NEW YEAR 2012

May your hearts be filled with God’s pure joy
and perfect peace,
Your gathering with laughter….
May your home be warmed with His enduring love
at Christmas and long after.

Have a wonderful celebration of God’s gift of Jesus,
our Savior and Redeemer!

Christmas 2011 and New Year 2012 greeting card

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all visitors and friends to our garden website. We truly appreciate very much your visits, kind comments, and your continuing support and encouragement through the years. God bless!!