Ruellia brittoniana ‘Katie’ with vibrant purple flowers

Ruellia brittoniana ‘Katie’ (Katie Dwarf Ruellia, Dwarf Purple Ruellia, Dwarf Mexican/False Petunia)

Ruellia Brittoniana 'Katie' or Dwarf Purple Ruellia Ruellia Brittoniana 'Katie' or Dwarf Mexican Petunia or Dwarf Purple Ruellia

Tutorial on making an easy photo collage or montage

Creating a collage of pictures is definitely an exciting and challenging task! At times mind boggling too, some mathematics needed. I simply love doing it. My first collage was created in October, 2006 and had been a steep learning curve through trial and error! Hmm…it does get easier and prettier with more practices indeed! :D A collection of my photo collages is stored at my Flickr site, if you’d like to browse.

Calliandra emarginata ‘Red’ – the explosive beauty!

Calliandra emarginata (Dwarf Powder Puff, Powderpuff Plant)

A lovely bush of Calliandra/Inga emarginata or Powderpuff  showcasing our potted Callandra emarginata, Croton 'Ann Rutherford' and Dracaena marginata 'Tricolor' amongst othersSuch a spectacular potted bush this lovely Dwarf Powder Puff plant is when in flower! A profuse and frequent bloomer, its fabulous and bright red flowers absolutely brightens our garden corner.

We bought it about 2 years ago at a height of only 10″ and it has now shot up to almost 6 feet! Even as a young plant, it was already blooming to our greatest delight!

Currently, our Calliandra emarginata shrub has fired again!

Their stunning red blooms like explosive fireworks are not only a feast to our eyes, but also an attractive magnet for the many winged beauties that visit our garden, especially the hover flies and honey bees! How fascinating to watch the dwarf honeybees feasting on their nectar and how wonderful to capture images of them too! :D

Honey bee on Calliandra emarginata (Red Dwarf Powderpuff) Dwarf Honeybee (Apis florea) on Calliandra emarginata (Red Dwarf Powderpuff)

The Great Eggfly (Hypolimnas Bolina)

Hypolimnas bolina (Great Eggfly, Blue Moon Butterfly)

The Great Eggfly (Hypolimnas Bolina) loves the Brunfelsia CalycinaWhat an absolutely glorious sight! And to succeed in capturing this beautiful butterfly with my Canon PowerShot A60 point-and-shoot camera is beyond my wildest expectation!

I was actually capturing images of our Brunfelsia calycina/pauciflora bush one lovely sunny morning in May when this Great Eggfly fluttered around and decided it wanted a photo session too! It chose to settle on a group of lovely blooms, clever choice for a complementary backdrop!

Garden Beauties in May 2007

Our tropical flowering plants continue to delight us with their beautiful and colorful blooms throughout the whole month of May. Even the foliage plants wanted to make their dramatic presence known with their luxuriant growth and variegated/green paint!