Stroll in our tropical garden: April 2008

Picture speaks a thousand words…..!! :D

So, here’s sharing two images of our front yard that delights us endlessly. Hope you’re as delighted as you feast your eyes on our tropical garden plant extravaganza! Are there similar favorite plants of yours seen growing here? ;)

Zebra Dove (Geopelia striata) with attractive zebra-like bands

Geopelia striata (Zebra Dove) –

A flock of Zebra Dove (Geopelia striata)Locally known in Malaysia as ‘Burung Merbok’, these Zebra Doves are marvelous to look at as they go about pecking at the edge of the tarred road outside our front yard. Visiting daily and sort of routine-like, they seem oblivious of the surroundings and vehicles plying the route. Sometimes, the Zebra Dove forages alone, and at other times seen in company of two to five.

Adiantum latifolium – free tropical ferns for life!

[Recently discovered on March 9, 2015 that this fern is Adiantum latifolium Lam. and not Adiantum trapeziforme. Sorry for the wrong ID. I’ve edited accordingly]

Adiantum latifolium¬†(Broadleaf maidenhair) –

Close-up of potted Adiantum latifolium (Broadleaf Maidenhair), growing in our courtyardHow wonderful! These tropical green beauties are found self-sown in every nook and corner, sort of. Like the Torenia fournieri and other ferns, they’re seen growing on mossy bricks, sharing ground or pot spaces, on crevices of walls and pavement, along the sides of drain and even sprouting from the drainage holes of standing or hanging pots.

Such abundance that sometimes we’re forced to uproot and throw them away when there’s one too many! Too bad that we just can’t afford to allow them to overrun our SMALL paradise, even though they’re free for life! ;)

Beautiful damselfly: the Red-tipped Shadefly (Agriocnemis rubescens)

Agriocnemis rubescens rubeola (Red-tipped Shadefly) –

Agriocnemis rubescens (Red-tipped Shadefly) in our garden “Come quickly, darling…there’s a damselfly on the orchid stalk”, beckoned John, my dearest hubby on a gloomy afternoon recently. Heart beating with excitement, I ran out with my camera! But the tiny insect was perched too high to capture an image. Without hesitation, John gently brought down the hanging pot which was above my head.

Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Silver Hahnii’, an exquisite birdnest cultivar!

Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Siver Hahnii’ (Silver Birdnest Sansevieria) –

Sansevieria trifasciata 'Silver Hahnii' (Silver Birdnest Sansevieria, Silver Bird's Nest Snake Plant) in our garden, shot 2008-04-14A very elegant birdnest cultivar of S. trifasciata that is perfect as a potted houseplant or grown outdoors as groundcover.

Such a petite plant with exquisite variegation on their leaves and arranged in symmetrical rosette that is absolutely captivating!