Alocasia macrorrhizos ‘Variegata’ with spectacular foliage colours

Alocasia macrorrhizos ‘Variegata’ (Variegated Giant Taro/Elephant Ear, Variegated Upright Elephant Ears)

Have you ever fallen in love with a plant at first sight?

Alocasia macrorrhizos 'Variegata' (Variegated Giant Alocasia/Taro/Elephant Ear, Variegated Upright Elephant Ears) seen at a local nursery, Nov 3 2013We have many times. It was instant love when we saw these potted plants with strikingly beautiful variegated foliage.

They were chanced upon at a nursery along Sungai Buloh road in early November 2013.

Hence without hesitation, we delightfully brought home  a pot. It cost us only RM12 and we deduced that it was pretty cheap for such an attractive beauty.

Alocasia macrorrhizos 'Variegata' (Variegated Giant Alocasia/Taro/Elephant Ear, Variegated Upright Elephant Ears) at the outer bed, July 15 2015A hardy plant that was repotted into a large pot and relocated to the front yard, sometime in July 2014. Looking at its marvellous growth now after replanting it into the ground at the outer border in March, really put wide smiles on our faces.

The Variegated Giant Elephant Ear seems very contented in its current location where it gets to sunbathe in morning to early afternoon sun.. The stems now are coloured buttercup-yellow and the large leaves are much more speckled and prominent. Could our plant now with more yellow blotches in a sunny location be the cultivar, Alocasia ‘New Guinea Gold’, I wonder?

Truly a spectacular and exotic tropical beauty!

Curcuma longa (Turmeric): the amazing spice and medicine!

Curcuma longa (Turmeric, Indian Saffron)

Nothing like growing your own herbs and edible plants, right? One is assured of pesticide-free edible plants for good health. Save pennies and eat smart too! :-)

Curcuma longa plants (Turmeric, Common Turmeric, Indian Saffron, Curcuma), Aug 5 2010A regular consumer of Turmeric, we have been planting these plants for about a decade in pots at our backyard, that we named ‘our vegetable or kitchen garden’.

It’s so easy to plant them. Just buy fresh and healthy-looking Turmeric rhizomes from the supermarkets or grocery stores. Fill your pot with garden soil, break the fingers and push them into the soil. Water moderately and regularly, and young plants will emerge in no time at all.

Over several months later, when the plants are matured, you can harvest the rhizomes fresh and use them for cooking your curries or marinate your fish, prawns and meat. Even the leaves can be used to wrap them before frying for a flavourful and distinctive taste.

We can’t do without Turmeric, the amazing spice and remarkable medicinal plant.

Antirrhinum majus, the cultivated garden snapdragon

Antirrhinum majus (Common/Garden Snapdragon)

Antirrhinum majus (Common Snapdragon, Garden Snapdragon, Snapdragon, Dragon Flowers), Nov 3 2013We came across these gorgeous beauties at one of the many nurseries along Sungai Buloh road less than two years ago. There were many plants with numerous colourful flowers that fascinated us so!

Thus, we happily grabbed a pot of light pink-coloured garden snapdragon that cost us RM8.90 without hesitation.

Pastel pink Antirrhinum majus (Common Snapdragon, Garden Snapdragon, Snapdragon, Dragon Flowers) in our garden border, Nov 30 2013This garden plant is commonly known as Snapdragon due to the flower’s ability to snap open like a dragon’s mouth when its throat is squeezed laterally.

Needless to say that it didn’t thrive in our garden for long, probably less than six months due to our ignorance in caring for them. Nevertheless, if opportunity presents itself at a nursery in the neighbourhood, we’ll definitely add the Antirrhinum majus to our garden collection again.

Garden updates from July to September 2015

Yay! Our tropical garden never disappoints and smiles always!

Our front yard garden giving us our daily dose of joy and pleasure, Sept 12 2015

What a wonderful life, living and gardening in tropical Malaysia with everlasting summers.

The outer border at our front yard, Sept 12 2015

God’s divine creations and masterpieces are awesome and amazing! Indeed, we’re truly blessed… there’s so much to admire, marvel and be impressed.

Asota heliconia came a visiting inside our home!

Asota heliconia (Aganaid Moth, Tropical Tiger Moth)

John and I always get so excited when we noticed a moth or butterfly inside our home or outside at our front yard.

Asota heliconia (Aganaids, Tropical Tiger Moth, Snouted Tiger Moth) displayed high up our kitchen wall surface, Sept 15 2015Recently, a gorgeous looking moth came a visiting inside our home and especially delighted me so. I was dancing with joy and amazement, so to speak as I observed it from time to time, as it displayed itself high up the kitchen wall surface. Probably, it could have been attracted by the kitchen light and flew inside.

This beauty was a silent immobile resident in our home for three full days and nights. It was not deterred at all by our presence as we go about our chores in the kitchen.

Asota heliconia (Aganaids, Tropical Tiger Moth, Snouted Tiger Moth) came-a-visiting inside our home, Sept 15 2015Even though I had to climb up a ladder to reach it and held my camera just a couple of inches away as I delightfully took numerous shots, it remained motionless and unnerved. Such courage!

Finally on the fourth morning, I shifted it to our courtyard and hoped that it’ll be happier there. Noticed that by early afternoon it had flown away. Good-bye and thank you, Asota heliconia for gracing our home with your presence.