Monthly Archives: May 2011

More Cape Jasmine In The Garden

Last week my gardenia – Cape Jasmine or as Malays call it bunga cina has bloomed again. This time there were 5 flowers altogether.

I was so busy inside the house and didn’t realize that the gardenia has bloomed and missed taking pictures of the first 3 flowers.

As mentioned in my previous entry about gardenia, my favorite picture of gardenia is when it is not fully bloomed like the picture shown above.

This is the picture of the last flower for this month. I already pruned the plant today and hopefully it will bloom again next month.

Let’s Go Green!

This year I decided to start making effort on going green in most aspects of my life.

After all in the state I am residing now, every Saturday most of the shops no longer give plastic bags. It is a hassle at first, so I either don’t do most of my shopping on Saturday (especially if it’s wet groceries like fish and chicken) or else I will bring my own cloth bag.

Certain times we just bring the shopping trolley to the car, and load everything we buy into the car – no additional packaging apart from the packaging those stuffs come in.

I think if we were to start going green, it doesn’t have to start with making sure everyone plant at least one tree on their own yard (which actually is a good idea considering how hot the weather is these days).

On personal level, we can start rummaging through our stuffs at home and see whether we can upcycle them.

For companies and people in business, they could do their green part by doing one thing or another that is more practical – using digital prints instead of printed promotional materials (which are usually end up being tossed into the bin after a glance or two) and use recycled papers.

One of the best marketing effort I read in the website is how companies should start printing business card info on seed packets or paper containing embedded seeds (I like!!!)

Recently, I’ve also came across several website on social entrepreneur conferences.

I learned that social entrepreneurs are visionary individuals with creative solutions for solving some of the world’s most perplexing social problems. With all the world problems like extreme poverty, educational deficits in developing countries, and the spread of diseases, we certainly need more people with the ideas and the drive to fundamentally shift society.

We might not be one of those social entrepreneur in the making but still we can do a little bit on our part by going green.

Cattleya Blooms For 2011

I was looking for other pictures to write a blog entry when I found these cattleya images. They were taken in February 2011. It must be one of those days that I managed to snap some pictures of my plants.

It has been a while since I fertilized my cattleya. I think the last time was in 2010. Sometimes I just didn’t have the time and chance to go out to the lawn to water them..sigh! Luckily most of the plants including cattleya are still alive and standing..huhu!

As you can see the new flowers of cattleya come from the new ‘pseudobulbs’. I’ve quoted about this in my previous entry – Cattleya Orchid.

Each year a dormant bud at the base grows into a new shoot. This thickens to produce the current year’s pseudobulb.

The flowers arise from the axil of the current year’s leaf where a protective sheath usually develops.

I will try to make time to fertilize the cattleya one of these days and see whether it will bloom again. As they say, some cattleya could flower twice yearly.

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