Tuesday, 28 October 2014
Rudbeckia hirta is another flower in my gardening history. I successfully nurtured a single plant to bloom but was defeated by mealy bugs in the end. The plant had to go because the leaves harboured the bugs. I saved some seeds but none germinated. I probably still have the original purchased seeds but I don't think I will sow them again just yet as there are so many flowers in the waiting list to be planted.
Tuesday, 21 October 2014
From a cheap seed packet with very few seeds inside, I managed to get one plant growing quite majestically, if I may say so, based on the gorgeous blooms it has gracefully bestowed on me. Alas, they last but a few weeks and I can't get the seeds saved to grow like the original plant ever again.
Monday, 20 October 2014
I bought this online from Mee Lan Ting's nursery in Batu Caves, Selangor. It looks quite similar to the jungle jasmine but bigger and with more petals. With 11 petals compared to its jungle cousin's 8 or 9 petals, look wise it's the winner in my eyes but I still prefer the sweet scent of the wild jasmine.
Potted into a small pot for the time being.
Its current location is in the shade next to the gate.
Long dainty petals are now blooming in my garden.
Thursday, 16 October 2014
This variety of waterlily blooms early in the morning and closes before noon. Having to leave home early every morning, I was unfortunate not to be able to see it bloom....by the time I came back, it was all closed. Frustrated, I had to ask my other half to snap its picture before he left for work. Luckily, he was happy to oblige.
|From afar and with its guardians in the pond|
|Closer and lovelier!|
|So, is it gorgeous or not?|
Wednesday, 8 October 2014
The fragrance of this flower is akin to that of the fragrant screw pine (Pandan in Malay). Its Malay names are Kerak Nasi or Kesidang. This creeper grows in a pot outside my fence but climbs up a pergola all the way to my balcony in the upper storey of my house. As a result, I can enjoy its lovely fragrance even at night from the comfort of my balcony!
Tuesday, 7 October 2014
I started growing purslane after I learnt that it's edible. My earliest collections were courtesy of my colleague. Then I exchanged some with my neighbours. Some colours were also purchased.
Transplanted from purchased
My neighbour's red purslane.
My red and fuschia
This fuschia is probably from my another neighbour
I managed to raise some portulaca from seeds last year. However, none survived my attempt at transplanting them into bigger pots. What I have of them now are only their pics and some seeds. Hopefully the saved seeds will germinate when sown in future.
Monday, 6 October 2014
On days when I am at home, I can't wait to see the portulaca blooms. Its flower arrangement or composition differs every day depending on how many blooms there are. Even though the blooms are delicate and easily damaged by wind or rain, I love them for their vibrant colour and unpredictable blooming patterns.
|A cluster of pink|
A single pink
Fuschia and pink
White and Fuschia
The three colours.