Yearly Archives: 2010

December Gardenia

It has been raining most of the time this December, and I have not been able to do much gardening due to busy daily routine as a mother to an active toddler.

So when the gardenia keeps on blooming, it really makes my day to see the lovely white petals. I like it best when it is not fully bloomed like one in this picture. If only I could pick and preserve it the way it is (well, that’s the use of camera, isn’t it, even if it is only able to capture in picture..heh!)

I was at SIL’s house when I noticed that her neighbor has a very healthy and blooming bush of gardenia at the front lawn. Maybe I should try planting my gardenia on landed soil rather than in a pot. Anyone with experience care to share?

Obelisks For The Rose

I’ve edited these pictures since July but until now I completely forgot about them because I don’t know what should I call this plastic materials that I bought to contain the rose plant from creeping around..sigh!

I tried to Google the picture but so far, what I found is that the closest gardening tools that serve the same purpose are called obelisks.

So call it obelisks for now until someone can tell me what’s the actual gardening terms for it. I bought this plastic “container” at Daiso for RM5.

The rose plant that I have seems to be growing (or rather creeping) everywhere, up and right and left, so I thought I need to do something to make sure it stays in a safe spot. The thorns are very, very sharp and I have to be extra cautious now that I have an active toddler at home.

So far this plastic obelisks has been functioning well. Even SIL is interested to get the same stuff to contain her plant.

Gardenia – Bunga Cina

I think what I have here is Gardenia jasminoides. It also known as Cape Jasmine or Cape Jessamine, derived from the earlier belief that the flower originated in Cape of Good Hope, South Africa. Malays call this flower as bunga cina.

Gardenia jasminoides is a shrub with greyish bark and dark green shiny leaves with prominent veins. The white flowers bloom in spring and summer and are highly fragrant. They are followed by small oval fruit.

I have been waiting for it to bloom again after her last bloom in 2007. There were many times that I’ve seen buds coming out but none manage to make it to bloom until last week. I’ve read somewhere that “bud drop” is the common problem with gardenia.

The most irritating problem encountered with gardenias is “bud drop,”when flower buds abort just before blooming. Common causes include low humidity, over-watering, under-watering, insufficient light high temperatures, rapid temperature fluctuations, cold drafts or change in plant locations. In other words, gardenias are temperamental!

From Gardenia Plant Care,

A fertilizer designed for azaleas will also fill the nutritional requirements of your gardenias. Be sure to prune older gardenia stems right after the flowers stop blooming. This encourages new growth as well as more frequent blooming.

This was the first gardenia that bloomed last week. I was too busy to take picture and when I managed to find the time, it was withering away. Hopefully more buds will coming out soon. Next time when I go to ACE hardware, I will check for azalea fertilizer.

I am linking up the fact sheet about Gardenia care from University of Rhode Island Landscape Horticulture Program in case I need to read about common problems in planting gardenia in the future.

Pink Rose In My Garden

I was so happy when this particular pink rose plant I have finally bloomed. The other rose plant which I bought at the same time as her has been flowering many time over the year, but she has not.

I can see that this particular pink one does not have as many petals as the other cabbage rose I have.

I still couldn’t find the correct type of this pink rose. Have been reading through many pages online but yet to find a correct variety and type. But one thing for sure it has the sweet, rosy fragrance. And it is a thorny rose plant as well. Oh, even the leaves are scented as I can smell every time I pruned it.

The next day when I peaked from my living hall curtain, I noticed it has bloom to its full size. I quickly grabbed the camera and snapped its picture. How lovely and big it was compared to the small plant it comes from.

True to my prediction, it only has few petals, but big ones. I am not sure how long it will last. I hope it will bloom again soon!

Kesidang Revisited

This picture of my bunga kesidang was taken in early July 2010. I have been waiting for the plant to bloom after her last one in September 2008.

After changing its spot from one place to another, I think it finally finds a good place to grow and bloom again. The plant has been climbing around other plants around it, so I bought 2 coated sticks from ACE hardware to help it creeps. Later I found a cheaper set of such plant holder in Daiso (which I have used for my rose plant, will write about it later).

This picture with the budding flowers was taken in the middle of June 2010. It took about 3 weeks for all the buds to finally mature and bloom to their maximum size. Yesterday since it was raining during night time, I noticed those flowers fell on the ground…huhu!

I picked them up and kept them on the key tray. Its pandan-like fragrance smells very nice every time I need to pick up my house key, a reminder of what a wonderful home and garden I am blessed with.

Floria 2010

Putrajaya Flower & Garden Festival 2010

Date: 10th – 18th July 2010

Venue: Waterfront, Precinct 2, Putrajaya

Theme: Tropical Splendour

Opening Hours: 9am – 10pm (Monday-Thursday)
9am – 12midnight (Friday-Sunday)

Admission Fee : FREE

Finally, the floral event that I have been waiting for is coming back to Putrajaya. This time there will be 45 booths open for the whole duration, which hopefully will have more greens and plants to choose from. I have been hoping to buy new plants to add into my garden collection.

Quoting from Malay Mail:

Some of the main attractions at the event will be the display of collections of the heliconia species, floral and garden landscape presenting more than 400,000 flowers; four contests of florals like heliconias, orchids, bonsai and annuals; Photography contest and coloring contest for the young, as well as an indoor pavillion displaying 50 decorative landscapes and floral arrangements of flowers like the celebrity musical garden, the special courtyard garden, tropical paradise and the twillight garden.

The Purple Cattleya

Remember the post about how I have been wondering whether I should repot my cattleya?

Well, I don’t have the time and I didn’t repot the orchid. But I did spray the liquid fertilizer as often as I can remember.

So, when last week I noticed the purple flowers, my heart just sang..hehe!

You see, the leaves are not really in their best condition but still they managed to bloom a great bunch of flowers for me. This is why I love gardening, just as you thought the least expected happiness will not emerge anytime soon, it surprises you amazingly!

Henna – Revisited

For those interested to know the facts about henna, please refer to my previous post about it here – Henna – Lawsonia inermis.

When I moved to the new house, I brought the henna plant in the pot along. It grew quite well until up to a point where all the leaves dropped and day after day it showed the sign of dying..huhu!

After about two months ago of not showing any sign of reviving itself, I decided to relocate the pot from its current spot and was thinking to dig out the plant from its pot. But I was busy and kept on postponing the plan to uproot the henna from its pot.

And then one day, while watering the plants, I noticed this..

See those tiny leaves, it was such a joy to see what a miracle of growth could bring to a garden..

I was so glad that I didn’t uproot the plant when I first thought that there was no hope. That’s the thing with plants, just as you thought you have exhausted all the effort to bring it to life, it surprises you with new leaves.

I hope the henna will live a long life as it is the marker of my wedding anniversary. May you grow old and stronger, henna!

The Purple Vanda Orchid

I never know what kind of orchid I grow until it blooms and I want to write about it in this gardening blog.

So after searching and reading through a few orchid websites, I am pretty sure that what I have here is a Vanda.

Taken from

“The genus Vanda contains many species represented by large handsome plants and a wide variety of beauty in the flowers.

By some growers considered difficult to cultivate, their charm is well worth the supplying of their particular needs and the studying of their habits.

The plants are pseudobulb-less, the leaves distichous (dis-tik-ous), or disposed in two parallel lines along the heavy, erect stem.

The tendency of the stem is to grow up toward the sun, as the surprised amateur finds when his plant reaches the roof and has no more room to grow. The lower leaves frequently drop off.

Thick aerial roots form along the stem and, when smooth, green-tipped, and fat, indicate that the plant is progressing. When they become shriveled and ringed, something is drastically wrong with their culture and vanda orchid care”

I think I’ve had this pot of Vanda for more than 2 years now, can’t really remember where do I get it in the first place.

“This type of plant is a slow grower and needs to be very large before flowering, so that any kind of propagation is a slow and tedious process at best.”

When it comes to vanda orchid care, they are considered sun worshipper. Among the sun-worshipers are the Vandas, natives of India, the Philippines, and some Pacific islands.

They will not thrive without adequate sun, and they must have corresponding amounts of heat and water. Care must be exercised to keep water from remaining in the growing crown.”

As of today, I am still able to enjoy the dark purple flowers. Not sure how long the flowers will last, but from what I read, some says it could last for a month or so.

Should I Repot The Cattleya?

I am wondering whether the cattleya (that had sunburned leaves and now recovering) should be repotted?

What do you think?

I am reading the guide from the American Orchid Society and it says here:

Potting is necessary when the rhizome of the plants protrudes over the edge of the pot or the potting medium starts to break down and drain poorly (usually after two to three years). It is best to repot just before new roots sprout from the rhizome, after flowering or in the spring.

Mature cattleyas are usually potted in coarser potting material than are seedlings. Until a plant has at least six mature pseudobulbs, it generally should be put into a larger pot and not divided.

If dividing a plant, three to five pseudobulbs per division are required. Select a pot that will allow for approximately two years of growth before crowding the pot. Pile mix against one side of the pot and cut off any dead roots. Spread the firm, live roots over the pile, with the cut rhizome against the side of the pot. Fill the pot with medium, working it around the roots. Pack firmly and stake if necessary. Keep the plant humid, shaded and dry at the roots until new root growth is seen.

Hmm…now I wonder when will I ever get the time to repot the plant..huhu!

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