Calathea warscewiczii with gorgeous rose-like white blooms!

Calathea warscewiczii (Prayer Plant, Calathea, Calathea Plant)

Truly mesmerising and captivating!

Beautiful variegated foliage and flower of Calathea warscewiczii, 1 April 2011We first saw this gorgeous tropical plant that showcases dazzling variegated leaves and beautiful rose-like white flowers at a dear friend’s garden in the year 2011, on April Fools’ day.

We had no intention whatsoever to get a pot of Calathea warscewiczii for our garden though we love variegated foliage plants.

It will be overcrowded for our small garden paradise and somewhat too many to receive our tender loving care in our golden years.

Camellia japonica and its cultivar ‘Pink Perfection’ is so mesmerising!

Camellia japonica (Camellia, Japanese Camellia, Snow Camellia, Rose of Winter)

We were mesmerised when we first saw these beauties at the Cactus Garden in Cameron Highlands on 26th October 2013.

Beautiful Camellia japonica (Camellia, Japanese Camellia, Snow Camellia, Rose of Winter), 1 March 2016Extremely delighted to see them again on our next visit to the same highlands on 1st March 2016

Thought that they will grow only in the highlands and not in the lowlands of Kuala Lumpur where we are residing.

It is the official state flower of Alabama.

Begonia with its numerous stunning and colourful cultivars!

Begonia cultivars (Begonia, Angel-wing Begonia)

Tiger Star Begonia, 14 Sept. 2004 Please help ID this gorgeous Begonia, shot 26 Oct 2013Various captivating begonias have graced our garden at the front yard ever since September 2004.

Captivating Begonia 'Double Roseform Pink', 6 July 2015They are delightful and enchanting perennial flowering  plants.

It is such a joy to grow them  and possess these beauties in our tropical Malaysia with everlasting summers.

They are moderately easy to grow with the right condition.

Begonia is a Ballarat Begonia Festival in Australia named after the flower.

White Phalaenopsis Orchid cv. aphrodite is super pure in colour!

White Phalaenopsis Orchid cv. aphrodite (Moth Orchid)

Gifted White Phalaenopsis Orchid from some parishioners of SFA Church in Cheras, 13 April 2015 The pureness of White Phalaenopsis Orchid cv. aphrodite (Moth Orchid), shot on 30th Jan. 2015We first received this large and gorgeous orchid as an Easter Gift on April 13, 2015 from some dear parishioners from the Church of St. Francis of Assisi in Cheras.

How very thoughtful and caring they were, knowing that I was unwell and needed cheering up.
It bloomed again just less than two months later with our tender loving care. We were wonderfully surprised and delighted!

The Orchid Island of Taiwan is named after the genus.

Thai Basil, the king of herbs is edible with many culinary uses

Thai Basil (Anise/Licorice/Cinnamon Basil)

Best to grow one’s own herbs because we’ll ensure that they are pesticide-free for our good health.

We have been planting Thai Basil or Anise Basil for several years in a pot at our  backyard where most of our herbs such as the Mentha spicata, Pandanus amaryllifolius and Murrays koenigii or Curry Leaf are located.

Potted Ocimum basilicum (Thai Basil, Anise Basil, Licorice/Cinnamon Basil) thriving beautifully at our backyard, 25 Aug. 2011It can be easily planted… in 2011, we bought a bunch of fresh and healthy-looking Thai Basil from the grocery store. Then fill our pot with garden soil and thrust them about 2 cm deep into the soil and water them regularly for success. They flourished beautifully.

We just love them as they are distinctly flavourful when added to spaghetti or omelette. Definitely, we can’t do without them!