Calming shades of blue in January 2008

Fabulous buds of Agapanthus (Lily of the Nile), shot Jan 5, 2008 Flowering and foliage plants at our garden porch, shot Jan 15, 2008

Amathusia phidippus phidippus (Palm King) visited our home too!

Amathusia phidippus phidippus (Indian Palm King, Palm King)

Macro image of Amathusia phidippus phidippus (Palm King) captured on Dec 13, 2007 Wow! What a beauty this gorgeously patterned butterfly is! How wonderful to be able to capture a dozen close-up shots of it with my compact camera Canon Powershot A60, and to continue delighting in all its fabulous images on my personal computer as and when I desire, details impossible to admire otherwise.

This impressively large butterfly has a ‘tail’ and a wingspan of 11-12 cm. It is beautifully clothed in some shades of brown on the upperside, whilst the under surface is ‘designed’ with broad bands in varying shades of reddish or cinnamon brown and interspersed with narrower off-white bands. Each hind wing has two large submarginal ocelli (eye-spots). This tropical butterfly is crepuscular in habit, active during dusk and often enters lighted houses.

Suastus gremius gremius, a buff-brown skipper butterfly!

Suastus gremius gremius (Palm Bob, Indian Palm Bob) –

A tropical greyish-brown butterfly, Suastus gremius gremius resting on a hibiscus leaf, shot April 19, 2007Though a relatively small and common skipper butterfly, all the same it is beautiful in my eyes! I first found it last April in our garden, darting from plant to plant in quick succession until it finally rested on a hibiscus leaf. How excited I was to have succeeded in capturing this shot.

Now, I’m extremely happy that it finally has a name, Suastus gremius gremius. And, to learn that they feed on ornamental Palms makes me wonder whether our palms such as the Lady Palm (Rhapis Excelsa), Macarthur Palm (Ptychosperma Macarthurii) and Manila Palm (Veitchia Merrillii) are attracting them to frequent our garden?

Dazzling blue flowers of Evolvulus glomeratus

Evolvulus glomeratus (Blue Daze, Hawaiian Blue Eyes) –

Evolvulus glomeratus (Blue Daze) in our garden, shot Jan 8, 2008This is one charming and attractive plant that has been in and out of our garden since 2004! It’s like a love and hate relationship with us. When it dies unexpectedly, it is removed and forgotten! But, absence makes hearts grow fonder – when we chance on it at the nurseries, we’ll fall in love with it again and bring it home to try another love affair!

Its dazzling blue flowers and beautifully contrasting white throats are too marvelous to resist!

Grow Chlorophytum comosum (Spider Plant) to purify the air!

Chlorophytum comosum (Spider Plant) –

A young potted Chlorophytum comosum 'Vittatum' (Variegated Spider Plant) at our main door, shot Dec 11, 2007 Tiny starry flowers (1.5cm) of Chlorophytum Comosum 'Vittatum' (Variegated Spider Plant, Air Plant) in our garden