Pithecellobium dulce ‘Variegated’ is so attractive!

Pithecellobium dulce ‘Variegated’ (Variegated Madras Thorn, Manila Tamarind)

Variegated Leaves of Pithecellobium dulce 'Variegated'The foliage of Variegated Madras Thorn is so attractive, with its captivating mix of pink, white and green. It is definitely an ornamental beauty to brighten any dullness in gardens and landscapes.

We especially love this gorgeous shrub that stands out beautifully amidst the greenery in our garden. Besides, its ability to take trim after trim to maintain a low height and still shine in its container is such an asset for us container-gardening gardeners! Long may you live in our garden!! :D

Amazing evergreen foliage of Podocarpus macrophyllus var. Maki

Podocarpus macrophyllus var. Maki

Podocarpus macrophyllus 'Maki', shot Novemeber 14, 2006Japanese Yew was added to our garden in early 2003, given by a neighborhood friend! About a foot tall then, it is now almost 4 feet in the same pot we first planted it in! It would have been much taller if I had not trained its single trunk to grow in a spiral fashion. However, what’s really amazing is its longevity where untrimmed leaves are as evergreen as we first saw them and still around after almost 5 years, truly remarkable!

Photoshop tutorial thumbnails

I simply love the wonderful resulting effects of applying Photoshop on photos! The little photo effects that I know is enough to amaze and blow me over, as well as prod me to continue seeking and learning online! Thus, I have documented some tutorials of photo effects that I’ve learnt less I forget, as well as to share them herein with all like-minded people who are also searching and thirsting….!

The exotic blooms of tropical Heliconia species

Heliconia species

Various cultivars of potted Heliconia psittacorum lining our fence border at the frontyard, taken October 6, 2007 Heliconia stricta cv. Carli's Sharonii in our garden, taken December 15, 2005

Heliconias, one of the world’s most spectacular tropical plants! Dramatic and magnificent, the inflorescences of the Heliconia are widely sought by many, from the simple gardeners to the commercial growers catering for the cut flower industry, hybridists and so on, all captivated by its bold and exotic beauty!

Photoshop tutorial – Collage of illusive garden photos and an inset

Hehe…if you’d browse through this blog and my Flickr photostream, you’d come to know that I’m really a Photoshop maniac! :D

Having learnt recently how to create an illusion of a picture within a picture and presented a Photoshop tutorial on it, I’ve found this craft handy when I needed to illustrate garden flower images in the plants database of my blog.