Clitoria ternatea (Butterfly Pea), a striking and versatile vine!

Clitoria ternatea (Butterfly Pea, Blue Pea Vine, Asian Pigeonwings)

Clitoria ternatea (Butterfly Pea, Blue Pea Vine, Asian Pigeonwings) with deep blue single flowerClitoria ternatea is another of the many captivating twining climbers that are popularly used for covering the fence or train on a trellis, arbor or archway.

A perennial vine that is free flowering all year round, with an abundance of attractive deep blue blossoms dotting its lovely spread of green foliage. They are such a delight to behold!

Striking royal blue flowers of Clitoria ternatea (Butterfly Pea, Blue Pea Vine, Asian Pigeonwings)We can still recall our fascination of its stunning royal blue flowers when we first saw it draped over the fence at one of the nearby residential homes almost a decade ago and how I sweet-talked my better-half into getting some seed pods from the house owner who was unknown to us. I’m truly a sucker for blue-flowered plants.

October 2011 in our tropical garden

Orchids and Celosia
Shopping for orchid plants had never been that quick and easy for us before this! We got some last month, not from the garden nurseries where one would usually procure them but from the church that we usually attend, after the Eucharistic Mass Celebration. Strange, huh?

Beautifully decorated sanctuary at the Church of St Francis of Assisi in Cheras, KajangWell, the Church of St Francis of Assisi in Cheras, Kajang, spent quite a sum to elaborately decorate inside out with beautiful bouquets of cut flowers and potted plants on the occasion of its Parish Feast Day that was celebrated on Sunday, October 9.
Thus, to recoup some of the expenses, the potted plants were sold at cost. The only snag was WYGIWYS (what you get is what you see) and they could only be collected from the closed Church two days later, meaning unwatered and in an enclosed building.

As it was for a good cause, John and I brought home 4 pots of orchids and 4 pots of Celosia argentea, regardless.
Newly purchased orchids for our garden, October 12 2011Celosia argentea (Plumed Cockscomb), October 12 2011

Costus woodsonii (Red Button Ginger) with exotic torpedo-shaped blooms

Costus woodsonii (Red Button Ginger, Scarlet Spiral Flag, Red Cane, Panamanian Candle Ginger, Dwarf French Kiss)

Costus woodsonii (Red Button Ginger, Scarlet Spiral Flag, Red Cane, Panamanian Candle Ginger)This stunning and colourful plant that displays exotic and vibrant red torpedo-shaped inflorescences, rising above a sea of lush green foliage as if ready to be launched into space, is definitely an attention grabber and demands notice.

No wonder Costus woodsonii, is very much favoured as a decorative landscape and garden plant or container specimen. Like the Cheliocostus speciosus, another spectacular plant, it is becoming more and more popular in Malaysia in recent years. It is often planted at home gardens, recreational areas and parks, as well as in containers at entrances to hotels, restaurants and shopping malls.

Costus woodsonii (Red Button Ginger, Scarlet Spiral Flag, Red Cane, Panamanian Candle Ginger)Red Button Ginger, named thus because of its lovely flower head that comes forth as a luscious red button, is one of the robust spiral gingers in the Costus family that has more than 100 species.
It characteristically features leaves that are spirally arranged around the graceful and succulent stems.

Calathea lutea (Cuban Cigar), an exotic tropical stunner!

Calathea lutea (Cigar Calathea, Cuban/Havana Cigar, Pampano)

Weren’t you surprised that these majestically tall plants, up to 3 meters in height, with green and unpatterned foliage bears the name, Calathea lutea? We definitely were as most calatheas not only have beautifully patterned and variegated leaves but are rather dwarfish (about 60 cm) in stature, unlike this rather tall species.

Nevertheless, whatever it lacked is made up by its other unusual characteristic features that makes it popularly sought by landscapers, interiorscapers, gardeners and florists alike.

Flowering Calathea lutea (Cuban/Havana Cigar) at Felda Residence Hot Springs in SungkaiCigar Calathea is an exotic tropical stunner that easily forms an attractive clump of extremely large paddle-shaped leaves that are gracefully held on long stalks that emerge from its underground rhizomes.

Like the beautiful Heliconia species of the tropics, their bluish-green to green blades with reflective silver undersides are appealing and exotic-looking . As exotic too are the erect, 30-cm long inflorescences that are produced year round, having a cigar-like structure and coloured reddish-brown, maroon or chocolaty, appearing rather unusual and unique in shape and shade. Besides, the tiny yellow flowers that peep from the uniquely coloured bracts present a fabulous contrast!

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