Monthly Archives: April 2012

Chili Red Rose

Not sure what is the type of this rose, but I suspect it is hybrid and not floribunda. I said this because I have noticed that every time it blooms, there’s only one single flower on the stem.

The local rose lovers call it chili red. So far since I bought it in February, it has been blooming twice. These two flowers shown in the picture are the last one I pruned today. Hope there will be more blooms soon.

Rose Queen of Sweden

Those ladies in FB rose group that I joined told me that this is Queen of Sweden. As I am still new to rose gardening, I researched around about the one David Austin bred in 2004.


Plant type : Deciduous shrub

Flower colour : Pink, Salmon

Feature: Scented flowers

Hardiness : Hardy

Named to celebrate 350 years of friendship between England and Sweden, following the signing of a treaty in 1654, this shrub is uncharacteristic of English roses in that it has a particularly upright habit, making it ideal for formal planting or hedging. The flowers are soft pink and at their early stages are tinted with apricot. They have a delicate, myrrh fragrance and have have been bred for disease-resistant qualities. Introduced at the RHS Chelsea Flower show 2004 by David Austin Roses.

I am going to read more about how to care for deciduous rose shrub as initially I thought it’s a climbers. Will update once I have more useful info to share.

Rose Shocking Blue

I’m not sure whether what I have here is really a floribunda Shocking Blue. The canes of the rose plant I got have so many thorns but other characteristics like color and fragrance are quite the same as the Shocking Blue described on

Mauve or mauve blend Floribunda.

Registration name: KORblue

Exhibition name: Shocking Blue ®

Bred by Reimer Kordes (Germany, 1985).

Floribunda, Florists Rose.

Mauve or purple blend. Strong fragrance. up to 28 petals. Average diameter 3.5″. Large, full (26-40 petals), high-centered, open bloom form. Continuous (perpetual) bloom throughout the season.

Thornless (or almost), upright, well-branched. Large, leathery foliage.

Height of 30″ to 4′ (75 to 120 cm). Width of up to 2′ (up to 60 cm).

For those who would like to know what is floribunda type:

Floribunda roses are dense bush roses that produce multiple blooms on each stem, but the blooms are often smaller than the hybrid varieties. These roses grow 2 to 3 feet tall and bloom with clusters of flowers throughout the summer.

Read more: Varieties of Purple Roses |

More info about floribunda here :

This is some tips taken from

Although they are free-flowering, and the bush is vigorous,they are slow to repeat blooms if they are not deadheaded.

Light pruning and removing spent flowers will keep this rosebush producing new flowers all season. Cool conditions seem to bring out the best flowers for both size and color.

I just got my Shocking Blue for about a month now and really hope it will last long in the garden.

More On Kenanga/Ylang Ylang

I think ever since I bought the plant in Floria 2011 (or was it 2010?), this is the first time that my kenanga (Cananga odorata var. Fruticosa) blooms so many buds.

I have started my rose garden early this year and used the Honeybee organic fertilizer, produced by a local rose lover. Since I would like to test the effectiveness of the fertilizer (they call it rosecare) I sprayed it on my cananga plant as well.

Check out the big blooms and the deep yellow color of the flowers. You can always compare with other pictures I shared of the Ylang Ylang plant previously.

The Rosecare fertilizer is also a combination of organic pesticide, insecticide and insect repellant, so I noticed there’s hardly any problem with the mealybugs since I started to spray it on weekly basis.

Now every time I go out to my small garden, I get to enjoy the heavy fragrance of Kenanga. What a bliss!

Few Blooming Roses In My Garden

Remember early this year I mentioned about adding roses into my garden collection?

Well from the first 9 pots, now I have 28 altogether. From the first 9 pots, 2 are dead..heh!

The latest 18 pots were bought in conjunction with my birthday month. After repotting them in terracotta pots (they came either in plastic pot or polybag), some of them continue to bloom since they already have buds when I bought them.

Every day I made it a point to go out and check all the new blooms. They really made my day. Of course I do the leaves picking as roses are very prone to get black spots especially when it’s raining daily.

This one is called chili red. It’s not the ID known by rose lovers worldwide but at least it’s a name to identify which is which.

I will write about those that I know their name like Queen of Sweden and Yvonne Rabier once they have flowers.

Plectranthus Mona Lavender

Bought this plant without knowing the name at Pasar Bunga Shah Alam about 2 weeks ago. I thought it will look good in container garden. I asked around for the name and found out that this is Mona Lavender.

Info taken from

A new and particularly attractive form of Plectranthus that does not spread like other members of the family, but rather forms a neat low shrub with an upright, erect habit.

Numerous spikes of lavender coloured flowers begin to appear from late summer through autumn complimenting the ornamental foliage of deep green leaves with dark wine purple coloured undersides, typical of many of the plectranthus species.

Plectranthus ‘Mona Lavender’ is a wonderful solution to shady areas in the garden as well as making an ideal container or basket specimen for sheltered patios or entertainment areas.

P. ‘Mona Lavender’ originates from South Africa and was, in fact, bred at the famous Kirstenbosh Botanical Garden in Capetown.

Care instruction:

Choose a shaded to semi-shade location with a moist but well drained soil. A light pruning after flowering will help to maintain a neat shape and encourage denser growth of foliage.

Once the plant is done with the current flowering phase, I plan to prune and propagate into a few smaller pots.

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