Raphanus sativus is mainly grown for its large, succulent and edible root veggie

Raphanus sativus (Chinese/Japanese White Radish, Oriental/Cultivated Radish, Giant White Radish, Daikon, Lobak Putih in Malay) Chinese White Radish or Giant White Radish is primarily grown for its large, succulent and edible root vegetable. Turnip cake made with Chinese white radish is a traditional Lunar New Year dish. Growing wild, they are regarded as invasive species in […]

Celosia argentea with bright colourful cultivars and varieties

Celosia argentea (Plumed Cockscomb, Silver Cock’s Comb, Woolflowers) Captivating Plumbed Cockscomb with flowers that resemble like those on the rooster’s comb! These bright colourful plants are one of the many favourite offered for sale during the Chinese New Year festivities. We too join in the bandwagon happily since they are rather cheap and come in a variety of […]

Tillandsia ionantha: an exotic airplant with captivating flowers

Tillandsia ionantha (Tilly, Air Plant, Blushing Bride) We have been captivated by these fabulous Airplants when we first saw them hung at nursery gardens along Jalan Sungai Buloh several years ago. However, these nurseries, being too far away, about 40 km away from our home, somehow deterred us from acquiring any. Fast forward to last year, sometime […]

Platycodon grandiflorus with captivating balloon-like flower buds

Platycodon grandiflorus It was love at first sight when we first saw it at one of the garden nurseries along Jalan Sungai Buloh in Selangor. Their beautiful five-petaled, star-shaped flowers and balloon-like flower buds enthralled us so. Absolutely a wonder to behold! Moreover we noticed that there were two differently coloured varieties in one of the […]

Clitoria ternatea (Butterfly Pea), a striking and versatile vine!

Clitoria ternatea (Butterfly Pea, Blue Pea Vine, Asian Pigeonwings) Clitoria ternatea is another of the many captivating twining climbers that are popularly used for covering the fence or train on a trellis, arbor or archway. A perennial vine that is free flowering all year round, with an abundance of attractive deep blue blossoms dotting its […]