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Friday, March 19, 2010

The Garden at Hotel Theme Park, Genting Highlands Part 3


This scenic view of the sky, blue mountains and the beautiful landscaped garden is what I enjoyed most when I looked out of the balcony on the lobby floor of Theme Park Hotel, Genting Highlands. I never regretted taking an early morning walk all the way here from First World Hotel where I stayed.


This 3 star hotel which is nicknamed, "Castle in the clouds" is just a few steps away from the entrance to the Outdoor Theme Park of Genting Highlands Resort where all the exciting games and adrenaline pumping rides are available for the young and old to enjoy. The front of this hotel has a structure that resembles a castle and there is a manicured garden at the back.



At the edge of the garden, there is a splendid view of our Malaysian rainforest. Southeast Asia's rainforests are among the oldest on Earth. Some scientists believe that our present day Malaysian rainforests may have existed over 100 million years ago. Our rainforests are home to a great number of plant species, many of which are endangered or endemic. It is also home to our endangered orangutans, elephants and the Malayan tiger (Panthera tigris malayensis, Malay: Harimau Belang).



This postcard perfect garden is landscaped with the Tibouchina urvilleana (glory bush) in the center surrounded by celosia in bright shades of red, orange and yellow while rain lilies line the outer circumference. There is a stone reflexology path for visitors to walk on. Manicured cuphea bushes act as ground covers that define the boundaries around the garden. The cool temperatures here is very conducive for many flowering plants.


This looks like a chinese rose in bloom.


An orange daylily just about to open.



A closeup of the pretty, sweet cuphea flowers in a combo of purple and white.


A partially opened rain lily in shades of pink and white.



Another rain lily bud is going to open soon.

I was enjoying myself, breathing in the fresh morning air and clicking away with my camera while hubby was glued to his seat at the pavillion nearby, reading his newspapers. When I was finished with my photography session, I felt invigorated, satisfied and ready to kickstart my day.


I am extremely delighted to dedicate this post to Ms Silke Power from Savannah, USA, of Methmorphosis blog. She was my first commenter for my previous Wordless Wednesday post titled, "Genting Highlands Flowers." She is a self taught artist and her blog is filled with beautiful and interesting posts.

This is my entry for Blooming Friday, 3rd week of March 2010. The theme this week is "Summer". She also asks, "If you were to pick one single photo to illustrate Summer, which one would you pick?" I would pick my 4th picture showing flowers in full bright blooms. My grateful thanks to Katarina at Roses and Stuff for hosting Blooming Friday. To see what others have posted or to participate, click here.

This is also my entry for Fertilizer Friday. My grateful thanks to Tootsie at Tootsie Time for hosting Fertilizer Friday. To see what others have posted or to participate, visit here.

30 comments:

  1. That first picture is really amazing! How lucky that you can stay there! Love all the rain lilies, very beautiful colors! I never saw cuphea before, the white and purple combination is so nice.

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  2. What beautifully sculpted gardens. The rain lilies are exquisite and your photos wonderful.

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  3. Dear Autumn Belle, I so enjoyed the first posting on this and I have not been at all disappointed with the second. Thank you so much for sharing your anniversary with us all. A truly picture postcard place.

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  4. Autumn Belle,

    What a sight to see! Your photographs are stunning and just spectacular!! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. What a beautiful garden it is. I was wondering the rain lily blooming at this time of year. they mostly bloom in our monsoon rains hence called rain lily. Wonderful blooms these are.

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  6. Your photos are Beautiful!and the two sceneic shots are absolutely spectacular!! What a View!! Thanks for sharing.

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  7. What a beautiful spot! Thank you for sharing! LC

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  8. The view from up there is magnificent! It's time I go back there again, soon.

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  9. my goodness - no wonder it's called the castle in the clouds! How beautiful. The cuphea is so pretty.

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  10. I want to go even more now!

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  11. Lovely pictures. The garden looks very interesting. I also like the rainforest picture with the white clouds.

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  12. Hi Autumn Belle, you keep showing us such lovely places in Malaysia. I think you would be the perfect guide. Maybe you could set up a guided tour for gardening enthusiasts! I'd certainly sign up. I've been offline for a while, and want to thank you for your comments on my blog, somewhat belatedly. Barbara

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  13. A mignificient garden, for sure!
    I like the rain lily a lot too!
    Happy Blooming weekend!

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  14. Beautiful gardens, beautiful scenery and great photography..
    Costas

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  15. Oops I didnt know its nicked "Castle in the clouds". Great pixs of blue skies and great views and can practically feel the freshness and the lively flowers. tQ

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  16. Here, I am reading along, enjoying every photo, thinking about the gorgeous vegetation in lush and warm climates, how you perfectly capture each of the blossoms, when I come upon the last paragraph. What a surprise!! And I feel so honored!!! :-) I'm so glad I found your blog and you!! Much love, Silke

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  17. I'd never heard of rain lillies until I came here - I must find out some more information about them on the internet now. What beautiful hotel gardens.

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  18. Hello!

    I love that photo with the Castle in the Clouds. Terrific flower photos. I am so glad you stopped by to say hi at my blog. I need to stop by here more often. I miss it!

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  19. what an absolutely gorgeous display! I am in awe of the wonderful places you share.
    thanks for linking in!

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  20. The garden is beautiful and tidy. It's a nice place for walk. see beautiful blooms and feel some chill ;-)

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  21. Hi Autumn Belle, i've just returned from an out-of-town extended travel weekend, Fri-Mon. It was our world famous Banaue Rice Terraces, a UnESCO heritage site. Days are so hot there, but nights are very very cold, and we were in an ethnic village resort. We had extreme fun and our group of 11 is really a great one.

    I already said a lot, what i will actually say is i've been to the Genting Highlands and the concept of making it like that is really great. I would love to visit there again. There are blue lilies near the roller coaster, have you seen them?

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  22. Autumn Belle, I agree with you that plant, in your previous post, does like like part of the male anatomy. I didn't realize the Genting Highlands was such a hopping place.

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  23. The scenery in that first photo is spectacular, and the flowers are so lovely. Thanks for sharing!

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  24. I had once visited this place and found very large beautiful conifers from these pine trees by the streetside. I had collect so many that I manage to give them away as christmas gifts.
    If you do go to this place again, do watch out for the conifers - they are very beautiful, unique and extra large (compared to the lowland pines)

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  25. Hi AB~~ It looks like you've fallen into the lap of luxury. What an amazing place.

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  26. Looks like you enjoyed yourself up in the clouds! Stunning views and pictures.

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  27. Hi, everyone! I am glad you enjoyed the tour with me and came here to share my happiness. I love Genting's cool climate which is a respite from the current hot spell we are experiencing at elevation zero at home.

    I grow the pink and white rain lilies in my garden but I have not seen rain lilies with a mix of white and pink in their petals. I agree with Muhammad Khabbab that rain lilies usually blooms after the rain or a thunderstorm. But then, in Malaysia, rain and thunderstorms can occur anytime of the year. In Genting Highlands, it did rain during my time there but luckily the rain and mists comes and goes, enabling me to capture the clear scenery during the day. These pictures are taken in the early morning at a time when the flower buds are just begining to open their petals. How I wish I can draw as well as an artist, If I could I would have captured those lilies on canvas too.

    Andrea, now that you mention about the blue lilies, Yes! I did see them around the theme park. They were lovely.

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  28. My goodness what a perfect space. How relaxing it must be to actually be there. Everything is so lovely and well cared for. The hotel and the views are simply stunning.

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