Hypolimnas bolina jacintha (Jacintha Eggfly), the dancing queen!

Hypolimnas bolina jacintha (Jacintha Eggfly)

Butterfly Collage: Hypolimnas bolina jacintha (Jacintha Eggfly) in our tropical garden, November 5 2009

Our butterfly garden in October 2009

Junonia almana javana (Peacock Pansy) sunbathing at our garden border, October 31 2009Hmm…just day-dreaming and imagining how marvelous if we do really have a butterfly garden! It’ll be paradise with all these wondrous insects, flying in droves to our tiny garden plot!

Anyway, we are contented and happy that some butterfly species do visit us regularly to keep us enchanted with nature.

Exotic tropical Lipstick Palm (Cyrtostachys renda)

Cyrtostachys renda (Red Sealing Wax Palm, Lipstick Palm, Rajah Palm)

Cyrtostachys renda/lakka (Lipstick Palm, Red Sealing Wax Palm, Rajah Palm), in the neighbourhoodConsidered one of the most colourful and exotic palm tree in the world, Cyrtostachys renda is such a marvelous sight to behold!

Standing tall and majestic in its erect and beautifully clustered trunks with vibrant red crownshafts and fabulous green feathery fronds, the Red Sealing Wax Palm will definitely add glamour and charm to one’s garden or landscape.

Seeing this spectacular beauty always rekindle sweet memories of yesteryears for John and I.

Landscaping with Ptychosperma macarthurii (Macarthur Palm)

Ptychosperma macarthurii (Cluster Palm, Macarthur Palm, Hurricane Palm)

Ptychosperma macarthurii (Cluster Palm, Macarthur Palm), in the neighbourhoodTo add elegance and beauty to a garden or landscape, include a palm tree in your must-have garden list! Especially recommended if it is a tropical garden setting.

Macarthur Palm is one attractive and impressive palm tree you may want to consider.

Best to plant it straight into the ground for optimum growth and enjoy its majestic beauty, though it can be container-grown if garden space is unavailable.

A very hardy, easy to grow palm that practically thrives on neglect in the tropics!

Chilades pandava (Cycad Blue Butterfly), the diminutive beauty

Chilades pandava pandava (Cycad Blue Butterfly, Plains Cupid)
Chilades pandava (Cycad Blue Butterly or Plains Cupid), resting on Bachelor's Button flower
This species of blue butterflies are really very tiny and diminutive. You have to get real close and have good eyesight to enjoy its beauty.

Thank God that we live in the digital age, where a simple point and shoot digital camera can work wonders to bring out the awesomeness of nature on computers, the beautiful details not possible to enjoy with our naked eye…hehe, especially for retirees with failing eyesight like us. ;)