Our tropical garden in August 2008

Our garden plants are thriving well in spite of our erratic weather this month. Extremely hot one moment and the next, stormy rains with angry lightning flashes that scare the living daylights out of our pet dog, Maxi, a cross-bred miniature pinscher!

Unfortunately there was one casualty – a Yellow Marigold (Tagetes erecta ‘Antigua Yellow’) that joined us last month but disposed of 2 days ago. Aargh…just a month and it failed us or we failed it? Hehe, blame it on the weather! This is our second unsuccessful attempt to grow this beauty, an annual. Humph…annuals are such great cheerleaders, but terribly short-lived! :(

Presenting some of our tropical garden photos, captured in August 2008. Click on images to view large. Enjoy! :D

A section of our frontyard tropical garden A section of our frontyard. An angled view from the left corner of the outer garden border (foreground of picture) to the right corner of the inner border (at the background). Displaying a palm tree, some flowering annuals and perennials, such as Crossandra , Bigleaf/Mophead Hydrangea and White Mussaenda.
Focus on the spectacular variegated leaves of the potted Croton Absolutely delighted with the progress of this lovely autumn-looking Croton ‘Ann Rutherford’ which was propagated from stem cutting in mid-April, 2007. More info on the fabulous variegated foliage of Codiaeum variegatum (Croton)
Potted crowd of plants at our short driveway This potted crowd of plants is located just inside the entrance to our short driveway, directly opposite the outer garden border; comprising sun-loving plants, such as Yucca, Macarthur Palm, Loropetalum ‘Sizzling Pink’, Bougainvilleas ‘Snow White’ and ‘Mrs. Eva’, 2 varieties of Euphorbia milii, Variegated Oyster/Boat Plant and Desert Roses.
Hippeastrum reticulatum var. striatifolium 'Mrs. Garfield' Newly added to our garden on August 2 is this beautiful variety, Hippeastrum ‘Mrs Garfield’ that presented us with its first flowering. It produced a scape of 5 flowers with striking white central stripe and irregular pink veins on the petals. Leaves are short and have a distinct white midrib too.
Euphorbia milii (Crown of Thorns) in our garden Euphorbia milii (Crown of Thorns), with large deep orange-red flowers. This beautiful variety was gifted to us as a seedling in early February 2008 and a first-time bloomer starting late July and screaming its head off the whole of this month. Awesome indeed!
Bougainvillea 'Millionaire' or B. glabra 'Snow White' Bougainvillea ‘Millionaire’ or B. glabra ‘Snow White’, a lovely dwarf variety that is a prolific bloomer, practically covering the whole plant with flowers frequently all year round.

We praise and thank our ever-gracious God for these nature wonders that populate our tiny paradise, delighting us so! :D

Last edit: May 31, 2016

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