Hemigraphis alternata, a colourful prostrate-creeper

Hemigraphis alternata (Red Flame Ivy, Red Ivy, Cemetary Plant, Metal-leaf)

Hemigraphis alternata (Red Flame Ivy, Red Ivy, Cemetary Plant, Metal-leaf, Purple Waffle Plant), seen at Sg Klah Hot Springs, SungkaiAn attractive and colourful low-creeping herb that’s sure to draw one’s attention, especially mine! I do admit to being a sucker for just about any plant with variegated leaves!

We were somewhat mesmerized when we first sighted those lovely ground-cover plants, less than two years ago at Felda Residence Hot Springs in Sungkai, Perak.

Hemigraphis alternata, seen at Sg Klah Hot Springs #3/5I was amazed at the foliar variegation. A myriad of colourful hues greeted us, where each leaf is artfully designed and appeared different from one another in tones. Mostly metallic grayish-green and randomly stained with purple or reddish-purple on the upper leaf surfaces, and coloured wine-red underneath. Simply marvelous!

St Anne’s Church in Bukit Mertajam, a renowned pilgrimage center (Pt 2)

Continuing from Part 1 of Pilgrimage to St Anne’s Church.

July 26 2011

This date marked the actual Feast Day of St. Anne and St. Joachim that falls on July 26, each year.
St. Anne sanctuary, Bukit Mertajam (1846)Two English Masses were celebrated, one at 5.30pm while the second at 7.30pm, followed by the procession at 9pm. The crowd at St. Anne’s Sanctuary that day, though huge, was not as massive when compared to the 100,000 pilgrims and devotees who attended the Feast Day celebration on Saturday, July 30th, where seven Masses were celebrated to cater to the enormous turnout.

St Anne’s Church in Bukit Mertajam, a renowned pilgrimage center (Pt 1)

Pilgrimage to St Anne’s Church, Bukit Mertajam

The magnificent St. Anne's Church, Bukit MertajamThe Church of St. Anne in Bukit Mertajam, is Malaysia’s largest, most magnificent and spectacular Catholic church! This mammoth new church with attractive multi-tiered Minangkabau roofs, lovely Gothic architecture and spacious inside with a seating-capacity of 1,800, was built from year 2000 and dedicated on St Anne’s Feast Day, July 26 2002. An imposing and monumental structure to glorify and pay tribute to Our Heavenly King, The Almighty God who has blessed (and continues to bless) His people who visit this sanctuary, with countless miracles and healing through the powerful intercession of St Anne, the gracious mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary and grandmother of our Lord Jesus Christ.

July 2011 in our tropical garden

Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Endless Summer’ (Mophead/Bigleaf/French Hydrangea, Hortensia)

– our garden star in July 2011

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Endless Summer' (Mophead/Bigleaf/French Hydrangea, Hortensia) in July 2011Feeling blue? Let the beauty of nature and the Mophead Hydrangea with its gorgeously large blooms mop away the sadness and unhappiness!

The colour blue is considered beneficial to the mind and body, and strongly associated with peace, calmness and tranquility.

We just love the Blue Hydrangea shrubs that are flourishing so well in our tropical garden. They flower year round and have been blooming their heads off, especially during the whole month of July and into August.

How delightful! And marvelous too, as we get to enjoy them ‘somewhat endlessly’ since the stunning flower clusters are long-lasting!

Yucca aloifolia (Spanish Bayonet) – excellent for landscape design!

Yucca aloifolia (Spanish Bayonet, Aloe Yucca, Dagger Plant)

Flowering Yucca aloifolia (Spanish Bayonet, Aloe Yucca) at Cheras Leisure Mall, KL - June 30 2011How marvelous! We recently sighted a flowering Yucca aloifolia for the first time, on June 30th. Not from our own top-heavy potted plant which has been residing at our front yard since year 2005. Humph… I wonder whether it’s about time to bid it sayonara?

Spotted this pure white blooming beauty in the vicinity of the Cheras Leisure Mall, Kuala Lumpur but the tree was too high to truly enjoy the clustered flowers at its crown. Just have to be contented with the zoomed in images that were uploaded onto our iMac!