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There is something very serene and stable when I come and spend time in my Garden. These are my quiet moments where I seek God - listening and finding myself in that reflection. There are times when I'm not able to blog, If you have any questions or queries Do seek me out in Facebook and I will try my best to help you out.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Garden Update - Part 2



One of my nightmares had occured. It happened when I watered my vertical garden plants - those in the box. The weight of the water had uprooted the whole plant setting and the unsecured side and just flopped out dragging the bird nest fern, tumbling over.
(dragging my heart together with it - skipping few beat along that)

The good thing is none of the hanging plants got damaged. I had to review back and figured that I have to add more "anchors" to hold and support the root mass and keeping the plant mass erected. Somehow I managed to do it yesterday night. I guess its still an experiment & will have to wait and see if the the ferns pick up the pace in their new environment.

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These are the overall collection of my plants - spanning this side of the garden.
Note that the ground trailing plants are only growing on the cemented base with some river pebbles lined against them. The seemed to be thriving in this condition, especially the Black Velvet Begonia. This one had become so much healthier & lushly compared to the hanging ones.
Red Flame Ivy seemed also to adapt well in this condition, they never really survived in hanging pots as they wither immediately when I missed watering. And they don't bounce back compared to begonias. Here, it look more of a silver sheen look because of the shaded area (they would look more red & crisp when grown under sunlight)
Flame Violet & Green Tradescantia also joins the collection - the only setback is that the violets do not bloom here compared to the hanging ones.





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My best favourite plant in this collection:
Ylang- ylang
This one always constantly bloom and the fragrance is just so calm & relaxing.
It is never a regret to have this plant growing in the garden.
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Winter Jasmine - not enough blooms to make an impact in giving out the fragrance compared to Orange Jasmine & Ylang-ylang.
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Creeping Fig.
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Blooming Flame Violets in Hanging pots.
They are always blooming.
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I wonder whether this one is a spider plant - they never gave out any new shoots - hanging suspended pups.
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I had rescued this Fire Cracker Plant.
It had grown so well and defined, the time when I got it - it look like a leaf-less twig growing alongside of a drain. I'm still waiting for this one to bloom.
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Black Velvet Begonia in hanging pot (below)
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6 comments:

  1. Hello James,

    I was thinking about this vertical gardening concept but unsure about the sort of suitable plants to grow without much fuss...! So I am following your progress with interest and am sorry to hear about this incident. I really like the pictures of your plants....so much variety and color ! I am also on the look out for the fire-cracker fern plant... such a lovely plant !

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  2. We are familiar with plants grown flat on the ground.... going vertical requires time and resourcefulness to improve and get better.. good luck!

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  3. Oh gosh... glad that you didn't end up with a heart attack haha... whenever I see any of my plants topple over or on the floor I always over react... just like you! Your black velvet is outstanding. Happy gardening :-D

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  4. I love your black velvet begonia James, really stand out against the green foliage. I also have flame violets, they blooms non-stop if kept under the sun.

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  5. Sun - Basically most of the tropical plants may do well in vertical garden, it is a matter of the concept you are planning to create. Mine is basically shallow roots and tree dwellers and creepers.

    Bangchik - I guess those who are lacking garden space may have to opt to vertical gardening.

    stephanie - glad to know that there are other gardeners who over-react like me. thanks. lol.

    Chandran - that black begonia was a lucky chance, it was a try-out & see thing. Didn't know it suddenly turn out so well.

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  6. Thanks to your introduction, I have a Ylang-ylang in my garden. Funny thing is my flowers are not as fragrant as I had expected.

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