Calla Lily to brighten our garden’s shady areas!

Zantedeschia aethiopica (Calla Lily, Arum Lily, Trumpet Lily, Common Arum Lily)

A strikingly beautiful and hardy perennial to add to one’s garden and to brighten shady areas.

Zantedeschia aethiopica (Calla Lily, Arum Lily, Trumpet Lily, Common Arum Lily)We’ve not grown the Calla Lily  before as unsure where to purchase this lovely plant.

Nevertheless, we were captivated by the loveliness of its flowers that contrast wonderfully with its dark green foliage.

It was love at first site when we first saw these gorgeous flowers in August, 2011 at Genting Highlands, Peninsula Malaysia.

It is the national flower of the island nation of Saint Helena, where it grows widely.

Farewell Maxi, our beloved and adorable companion

May 11th, 2016 had been a very, very sad day for my beloved spouse, John and I. (*tears*)

Our dearest, darling and beloved pet, Maxi had gone to heaven, a better place where there’s no more pain and suffering. He had been sick for about 2 months with a weak heart and lungs, worsening as time progressed with water retention in his lungs.

It had been an ordeal seeing him suffering. R.I.P our lovable and adorable boy!

A poem by unknown author in tribute to our darling Maxi, a miniature pinscher….

“You no longer greet me,
As I walk through the door.
You’re not there to make me smile,
To make me laugh anymore.
Life seems quiet without you,
You were far more than a pet.
You were a family member, a friend
. . . a loving soul I’ll never forget.
It will take time to heal –
For the silence to go away.
I still listen for you,
And miss you every day.
You were such a great companion,
Constant, loyal and true.
My heart will always wear,
the pawprints left by you.”


Mentha spicata has many culinary users and health benefits

Mentha spicata (Garden/Common Mint, Spearmint, English Mint)

Menthe spicata (Garden Mint, Common Mint, Spearmint, English Mint), growing in abundance at our backyard, Nov 5 2015We just love the smell of Mint leaves. Growing one’s own herbs is great as you’ll ensure that they are free of pesticides for good health.

We have been planting Common Mint for several years in a pot at our kitchen garden at the backyard.

Moreover, it’s so easy to plant them.

A bunch of Mentha spicata (Garden Mint, Common Mint, Spearmint, English Mint) from the supermarket, Apr 9 2013Just buy a bunch of fresh and healthy-looking Mint leaves from the supermarket or grocery store. Then fill your pot with garden soil and thrust them about 2 cm deep into the soil and water them regularly. Simple right?

We can’t do without the Common Mint with its wonderful aroma. Love to add its leaves to egg omelette and spaghetti.

Schefflera arboricola ‘Janine’ with gorgeous fingers-like variegated leaves

Schefflera arboricola ‘Janine’ (Janine Schefflera, Dwarf Umbrella Tree, Hawaiian Elf Schefflera)

Schefflera arboricola 'Janine' at a garden nursery #1/3We were captivated by this gorgeous looking variegated plant with green, off-white to yellow colouration!

Wouldn’t you be dazzled by it too?

We came across this beauty at a garden nursery in our neighbourhood about 4 and a half years ago, in November 2011.

Schefflera arboricola 'Janine' (Janine Schefflera, Dwarf Umbrella Tree, Hawaiian Elf Schefflera), thriving well in our garden, Aug 23 2012As always, we simply love plants with variegated foliage and decided without hesitation to purchase a pot of it to include in our garden collection.

It will surely be suitable to be located at our courtyard where mostly variegated plants are housed.

Pandanus veitchii ‘Variegata’, unlike the fragrant Pandan Leaf

Pandanus veitchii ‘Variegata’ (Variegated Dwarf Pandanus, Variegated Veitch’s Screw Pine)

Isn’t she gorgeous? A spineless dwarf variegated beauty!

Variegated leaves of Pandanus veitchii 'Variegata' (Variegated Dwarf Pandanus, Variegated Screw Pine, Variegated Veitch's Screw Pine), May 3 2016We spotted this Variegated Dwarf Pandanus at a garden nursery in our neighbourhood in late December 2015.

Believe me when I say that we were indeed smitten by its stunning yellow-green foliage variegation.

A must-have plant to be added to our garden collection.

Unfortunately though, there were several plants, about 45 cm tall in a large container and cost RM45. That was way beyond our garden budget.

Pandanus veitchii 'Variegata' (Variegated Dwarf Pandanus, Variegated Screw Pine, Variegated Veitch's Screw Pine), joined our garden collection, Dec 20 2015Thus, I pleaded with the owner of the nursery to dig out a single plant and charge me accordingly. So very happy that he ordered one of his nursery helper to spade out one plant as requested and charged us only RM10. It’ll be just great in a container.

This plant is unlike the fragrant Pandanus amaryllifolius (Pandan Leaf) that is popularly used for culinary purpose.