Vining Tristellateia australasiae with golden trusses

Tristellateia australasiae (Shower of Gold Climber, Vining Milkweed/Galphimia)

Tristellateia australasiae (Shower of Gold Climber, Vining Milkweed) in our tropical gardenAn attractive ornamental liana that is widely grown for its beautiful and showy trusses of bright yellow flowers.

Mostly cultivated in the tropics or sub-tropics to lend beauty to the landscape. Its rampant and vigorous growth make it ideal for trellises, arches and pillars at porches, or as a hedge on fences, and even espaliered on walls.

Gouty stem of Jatropha podagrica (Buddha Belly Plant)

Jatropha podagrica (Gout Plant, Buddha Belly Plant, Bottleplant Shrub)

Jatropha podagrica (Gout Plant/Stick, Buddha Belly Plant, Bottleplant Shrub) in the neighbourhood, with focus on the gouty stemsJatropha podagrica (Gout Plant, Buddha Belly Plant, Bottleplant Shrub), shot at Rimba Ilmu Botanic Garden, KL
Here is another unique and fascinating herbaceous perennial plant like the Adenium obesum (Desert Rose), that will develop an attractively swollen and knobby caudex as it ages.

Visit to Rimba Ilmu Botanic Garden

Came home, fully refreshed and rejuvenated after a morning trip to Rimba Ilmu Botanic Garden on Saturday, August 1.

Malaysia’s world-renowned ‘Forest of Knowledge’ (its English name) that is located in the University of Malaya campus, Kuala Lumpur. So aptly named, as its botanical concept is not a formal flower garden, but rather a tropical rainforest garden with over 1,600 species as living collections, spanning an area of 80 hectares. It even houses UM’s herbarium, our country’s largest university collection of 63,000 accessions. Do explore Rimba Ilmu website to be enthralled.

Garden surprises in August 2009

These are such everyday occurrences in any garden, but they never cease to amaze us both.

John and I can easily get excited over very ordinary things that many gardeners may take for granted. Either one will update the other if something worth mentioning or happenings are observed and we’ll monitor them ever so closely in joyful anticipation.

August 2009 Project: how-to prune/propagate a passiflora vine

Hmm…not only this garden blog of ours had been neglected, even our garden had been too!

My garden chores like planting, replanting or repotting, and pruning have been sidetracked by my fixation on unexpected problems that surfaced at my Blogger blog and whilst guiding a friend to create her own blog via email. Too much time spend on the computer, nonetheless worthwhile and rewarding as with gardening too! :D