Garden surprises in June 2009

Bauhinia kockiana has always been a baffling vine for us. It is most elusive. Grows fast and vigorous with beautiful bright green and luxuriant foliage yet rarely flowers! We seldom get to enjoy their blooms in large stunning clusters, that are so often seen in most home gardens around our neighborhood or elsewhere. Just have a peep here and you’ll know why we’re so green with envy! ;)

Sad to say, thus far we’ve got rid of one non-flowering B. kockiana vine and another that had stopped flowering. They definitely weren’t happy being container-grown and thus confined! Alas, that’s all the comfort we can offer since a major part of our garden had been paved.

Bauhinia kockiana at our backyard, June 16 2009This June, the only remaining vine currently in our garden sprang a lovely surprise! It was just a young 30cm-tall plant in November 2007 and has finally decided to put a wide grin on our faces!

Blooming for the very first time ever and displaying inconspicuously just two flowers, a far cry from its characteristic large flower head. Strangely out of form, nonetheless pretty and admired all the same, but without that wow exclamation from us!

Anyway, it does deserve a place in our garden journal too, yes? :D

Another delightful surprise is the angelic-white Hymenocallis caribaea (Caribbean Spiderlily) that exudes a wonderful lingering fragrance from dusk to dawn.

Hymenocallis caribaea (Caribbean Spiderlily) at our backyard, June 25 2009 Hymenocallis caribaea (Caribbean Spiderlily) at our backyard, June 28 2009

Wow! We were captivated by its beauty and scent less than two months ago and now again in June…how marvelous! Could be a first-time bloomer too from one of the three bulbs housed in the same pot…just not sure!

More info on the Caribbean Spiderlily here.

Maroon-colored berry of Ixora coccinea 'Dwarf Red' (Jungle Flame/Geranium), taken June 11 2009Something else captured our interest too.
We noticed a lovely maroon-colored and glossy berry on our Ixora coccinea ‘Dwarf Red’. In fact, there are two of them. A first time for us, we’ve never seen ixora berries before! These have now turn into black seeds.

Should we try to propagate new plants from these seeds, we wonder. Well, maybe out of curiosity just to see what happens?

This beauty below, Dieffenbachia bowmannii ‘Carriere’, no more surprises us! We’re so used to its flowering schedule which it repeats every third month year-round or after the emergence of a set of 3-4 leaves! Very regimented in its blooming. We can somehow anticipate the flowers appearing. How wonderfully rewarding, growing it!

Dieffenbachia bowmannii 'Carriere' at our courtyard, June 12 2009 Dieffenbachia bowmannii 'Carriere' at our courtyard, June 12 2009

On the other hand, the other Dieffenbachia species like D. maculata and D. amoena ‘Tropic Snow’ that we grow too have never flowered for us. Probably, they are non-flowering species?

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4 Responses to “Garden surprises in June 2009”

  1. Edy Says:

    I used to eat those ixora berries when I was young. I used to pluck the flowers then suck out the sweet liquid. I was really a kampung girl. I still am.

  2. Jacqueline Says:

    Hi Edy! Lovely to ‘meet’ a fellow Malaysian…we assume you are as the word ‘kampung’ suggest so. ;)
    Didn’t know that the berries are edible, will keep that in mind! Like you, we have treated ourselves too with the nectar during our youth…oh, the joy of being young, innocent and carefree!!

  3. james Says:


    The dumbcane plant is so beautiful with many flowers. I noticed that they don’t seemed to grow tall unlike many which I come across with can be very “wildlike”.

    Would appreciate if you could mention where you bought it as I saw one in Giant selling for RM16.90.
    Quite expensive for a small pot plant.

  4. Jacqueline Says:

    We bought this particular dumbcane at a Sungai Buloh nursery for about RM5 many years ago, still single trunk though now top heavy. I’ve seen them on sale at Carrfour and Tesco for less than RM10. Do scout around garden nurseries nearby your area, I’m sure it’s much cheaper than at hypermarkets.

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