At the entrance to her home, there are bird's nest ferns (Asplenium nidus) and hanging from the pillar on the left are Staghorn ferns (Platycerium coronarium). Both species are epiphytic and they are native to the jungles of our tropical rainforests. I am very fascinated by the staghorn ferns which have 2 type of leaves. One type of leaves are erect, broad and always clasping on the structure that it clings to, e.g. a tree trunk or pillar. The other type of leaves resemble the antlers of a stag and hangs down.
Like me, she also has also created a meandering path walkway using rounded stepping stones. Heliconia (H. rostrata and H. 'Golden Torch') plants adorn one side of the wall and blue daze (Evolvulus glomeratus) groundcovers on the other. The heliconias have matured and are flowering well now.
She has red Alpinia pupurata. It took here more that a year of planting before she saw the first alpinia flower. Now it is growing vigorously and flowers continuously. I love the white planter box with the purple lavender-like flowers. I think they are called Plectranthus 'Mona Lavender' or Lavender Spur Flowers.
I also like the bird house and the family of ducks below it. I saw an unpainted wooden bird house on sale at the local nursery. It was offered at the 'bargain' prize of RM 55.00 (USD 17.65). I really wanted to buy it but later change my mind. Now, I am constantly thinking about it again!
Besides ornamental plants, she also has herb and spice plants like pandan, curry leaf tree, lemongrass, tumeric and chillis.
Arfah is planning to build a fence against the wall to grow creepers there. Since the space is quite small, she is thinking of getting a reasonable sized bench and paint it blue like those we see in English homes. She'd also like to have a white iron garden chair and a really small garden table placed here. I guess this shall be her personal space where she can sit down, relax and enjoy the view of her home garden.
What do you think ?
As you can see, Arfah is a keen gardener but she doesn't have a blog. She wants to create an English styled garden and she welcomes any feedback and suggestions for her garden. Your kind comments will certainly be a great inspiration and encouragement for her.
Updated on 29th Oct 2011
Arfah has her own garden blog now. It is called "A Little Paradise of Mine". To visit her blog, click here.