Sizzling Pink Loropetalum, our garden star in September!

Wow! A great garden dazzler indeed, with captivating sizzling pink fringe flowers!

Flowers and buds of 'Sizzling Pink' Loropetalum emerged a week after a hard pruning. Taken on September 25, 2007 Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum ‘Sizzling Pink’ or Pink Chinese Witch Hazel as it is commonly named, has never failed to reward us with abundant flowers whenever its sprawling branches are heavily trimmed to keep it neat and tidy.

We did exactly that, a severe haircut sometime middle of this September month and what a remarkable effect as seen in the left image. :)

Beautiful wings of Christia vespertilionis

Christia vespertilionis (Mariposa, Red Butterfly Wing)

Christia vespertilionis (Red Butterfly Wing) in our garden, April 30 2008Our potted Christia vespertilionis (Red Butterfly Wing), shot Oct 5 2011Another fabulous plant to add to one’s garden.

Our first Christia vespertilionis seedling arrived in our garden in December 2004 and its descendants are still scattering their seeds all over our garden till today, like the pretty Torenia fournieri!

How wonderful!…and for only a couple of Malaysian Ringgit, mind you! :D

Its fabulous foliage color and formation fascinates and captivates us so! Such delicateness and elegance as the plant dance in the gentle breeze! Lovely! :)

Photoshop Tutorial – Create an illusion of a picture within a picture

Sometimes, I’d like to bring more focus to the main subject or object in my photo…don’t you? One of the ways to do this is to create an illusion, of course! Basically, it is creating the appearance of a smaller cropped version of the photo within its larger self, using the vector shape, creating a clipping mask and adding some aesthetic effects with the Layer Styles. The end result seems quite similar to a collage of a single photo, though in this case, using a vector shape offers more flexibility in that it can be moved, resized or rotated without affecting the quality of the image it encompassed.


Photoshop tutorial – Create Easy 3-D Box Picture Frames

There are so many ways to enhance our images. One of my favorite ways is to add a border or frame and it can be done in such creative ways. Absolutely exciting, challenging and rewarding as I experiment with the many ways available in Photoshop CS2. These last few days, while playing around with just a few of the Layer Styles, I was surprised to get some delightful results – one that displayed a lovely three-dimensional effect, almost like a box picture frame.


August 2007 in our tropical garden!

Another colorful month, which I’d like to dedicate to all our flowering orchids – the Dendrobium Phalaenopsis! Just four delightful species shone throughout this month but sufficient to brighten our whole frontyard…hehe, but of course, since the area is pretty small, heh! ;)

Well, here’s sharing images of their exotic and vibrant beauty! Enjoy, please! :)