Emilia sonchifolia is an interesting garden weed!

Emilia sonchifolia (Cupid’s Shaving Brush, Lilac Tasselflower)

Budding Emilia sonchifoliaWe’re just blessed to have Cupid’s Shaving Brush growing in our garden.

A free-of-charge gorgeous plant to enjoy and delight, isn’t that wonderful?

Emilia sonchifolia or Cupid’s Shaving Brush is one among the Ten Sacred Flowers of Kerala State in India, collectively known as Dasapushpam.

Our garden updates from April to June 2016

“Gardening is medicine that does not need PRESCRIPTION
and has no limit on DOSAGE.”
– Author Unknown

Our garden never fails to delight and uplift our spirit! It is our daily dose of joy and put a smile on our faces and encourages us to continue our gardening passion.

Sharing some of our images, hoping to delight you as it does us. They say that a picture speaks a thousand words… we really hope so!

An overview of our frontyard

Canna cultivars in showy and diverse colours

Canna (Canna Lily)

Budding bloom of Canna Freckle Face, 10 Oct. 2006A Canna cultivar that had us smitten when we visited a garden nursery in our neighbourhood.

That was seen almost ten years ago.

We grabbed a pot that was showing a budding Canna.

Canna Freckle Face. 6 Nov. 2006Did not know how its whole blossom would be like, though anticipating that it would be strikingly beautiful.

We just realised that an article about the Canna with its showy and diverse colours must be done pronto, lest we overlook them again.

Calathea lancifolia with captivating foliage

Calathea lancifolia (Rattlesnake Plant)

This captivating tropical plant that showcases dazzling variegated leaves had us really smitten when we first sighted it.

Potted Calathea lancifolia (Rattlesnake Plant) at our courtyard, 7 June 2013Then, it was out of sight, out of mind until we needed to source for some variegated foliage plants for our courtyard. The quarter-moon pebbled border therein seemed somewhat bare, with many potted plants being devoured by mealy bugs and red spider mites.
Hence, there was an urgent need to replenish the bareness.

Fortunately, during our plant-shopping spree, we came across several potted Calathea lancifolia about 3 years ago that were readily available for sale at a garden nursery in the neighbourhood for just RM5 per pot.

Of course, we grabbed one without hesitation for our garden. This gorgeous plant with impressive variegated foliage fitted our desire perfectly!

Passiflora incarnata, a floriferous and captivating vine

Passiflora incarnata (Maypop, Purple/True Passionflower)

A captivating and enduring vine which is floriferous.

Passiflora incarnate (Maypop, Purple Passionflower, True Passionflower)We have never grown Passiflora incarnata but have enjoyed growing Passiflora edulis and delighting in its edible and refreshing fruits.

We first saw these gorgeously flowering vine in abundance at a garden nursery in Jalan Sungei Buloh, Selangor.

That was in 2007, about nine years ago. Unbelievable, right?

I thought it would be lovely to share the lovely photos of them from my photo archives and write an article on it.

It is the State of Tennessee wildflower.