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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Garden Update - September - Continued

Two of my Earthstar (Crypthantus) died both sides.
It shouldn't happen but I guess its the neglect due to lack of watering and feeding.
These pale brown earthstar seemed to producing lots of pups compared to the red/pink counterpart. The deep red had became dormant and the pink still holding on for now.

I need to get more of them but find them in nursery do proof a challenge as not many of them sell them or if they do - it would be very expensive. Getting a bargain is difficult when there is no competition.

I had now replaced the missing spots with Golden Hahnni 
(Sansevieria Trifasciata Golden Hahnii)
I would had preferred more of the red ruby Earthstar - if I can get my hands on them in the first place but for the moment  I think this will do.

My existing Bromeliad collection gave me an idea.
Those of with spikes, sharp edged needle points and spines at the leaf edges.
These are of the touch me not dangerous kind. 
I wished I had more of the red ”keep me away” kind of colour but the best variegated ones I have are of these yellow, lime & green shades. 

(All of these plants were rescued from dumps, burning sites and throwaways - abandoned on street side-walks)

Plants in this collection:
1) Dwarf Gold Pandanus - 
(Pandanus pygmaeus 'Variegatus') or P. toei 'Variegatus'
2) Varigated Agave

Plants in this collection:
1) Miniature Pineapple
2) Varigated Spider plant

Plants in this collection:
1) Green Agave
2) Golden Hahnii

After  checking through Google - 
I now found out that Tequila are made from an Agave plant.
The Aztec people make the fermented drink from them

King's Mantel, Bush Clock Vine -  (Thunbergia Erecta)
This blue flower plant had really tested my patience. 
It rarely flower and when it does it only gives out one or two blooms. 

I got this plant from a pruned branches where my neighbours had thrown. It did took awhile to establish a lovely bush but that is the problem.
It only remained as a boring bushy shrub.

I'm still considering hard pruning and heavy fertilising for a nice lovely bloom. And if that fail too - this plant is kicking its bucket from my garden.

Earlier this place proved to be a sore-eye as I tend to get rid of all that doesn't do well in my garden. In most cases the very reason is that these are sun lovers and my garden can only accommodate shade dwellers. 
And so in this collection.

1) Dracaena marginata 'Tricolor'.
2) Yellow Walking Iris - (Trimezia martinicensis) 
3) Blackberry Lily -  (Belamcanda  chinensis)
4) Ground Orchids - (Spathoglottis X Parsonii.)
5) Screwpine Leaves - (Pandanus amaryllifolius)
6) Pineapple
7) Jewel of Opar - (Talinum paniculatum)
8) Step Ladder Ginger - (Costus malortienanus)

The champion in this collection are the Ground Orchids. 
They have been blooming continuously for about 3 months now.
I had set another pot here where once it was inside my porch area where it got limited sunlight.
Hopefully they would reset and start blooming again.

The Jewel of Opar seemed be a collateral damage when the grass cutter comes along. I guess the cutter could tell the difference and slice everything away. 

Somehow this plant comes back with a vengeance with more spikes and more blooms. I prefer not to take it for granted and place them at this drain-side where there is no weed or grass.
(And no grass-cutter to raze any weeds)

Step Ladder Ginger - (Costus malortienanus)

This plant was growing from a cement crack and was a survivor. 
In fact I did got rid of it ripping it off from the ground and this plant proved resilient by coming back again.
I pulled the root rhizome from the cracks & planted them in this pot.

There are some few other non-significant plants here which I have not put in details of which I will come back when I get a better shot on them or when the plant generate with satisfactory growth - whichever comes first. 

Come to think of it - there is so much to do now in my garden where another reset is urgently required where I really don't have the time or the energy to get myself to do it. Looks like its going to happen in a slow pace with a little a time.
It would be a nice appropriate time for me to finish by year-end holiday season.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Garden Update - September 2013

This is one of my Cane Begonias that had gone towering with non-stop blooms. It grew tall and now due to the heavy rain had descended down canopying my orchids. These blooms are edible. They are crunchy &  have a slight sour tinge. 

The flower buds are in coin shape whereas the mature ones are hangs like a pendant. These are rosy pink in colour, unless they stand strong in direct sunlight - the blooms tend to get into a deep red in colour.

The white spots on the leaf surface tend to fade too due to this shady area, if not - they are brilliantly evident.
This is a very hardy plant - literally handles well without any care or whatsoever. They do not have any pest infestation (unlike my Ylang-ylang & Spicy Jatropha are facing - ants & mealybugs)

This Cane Begonia is a slow grower when propagated from stem cutting. Once the new shoots start sprouting from the base roots - this would be the result. 

I had bought this Mini Dendrobium Orchids from Floria (Flora Festival) recently held in PutraJaya. I got two of them (RM5 each) and wrap them up with a coco-husk sheet. Within these rainy season they started to sprout 2 flower spike. 
The flower lasted for few weeks.

I would consider this one as one of the hardest orchid plants to have. Ionopsis Orchid seemed to be dormant all the time. One time - I had moved this plant to another location hoping for the plant to receive more sun-light and this plant suddenly died.
The parent plant died with barely another small off-spring and this is the result of that. 

This off-spring grew and gave this flower spike.

This Oncidium Orchid seemed to bloom but not so much in the highlight as the spike are not so showy.
They somehow find their way in between the Bleeding Heart Vine and shaded heavily under them. 

These Orchid Cactus had bloomed in the night which I had missed.
Sadly this is what I manage to snap. (Well - some evidence that this one does bloom)

It had been raining almost everyday and I'm literally not in the mood for gardening. Well the flowers don't think so - they don't seemed to mind the cool weather for these few weeks.

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