Today is Garden Bloggers Bloom Day for May 2011. Leading the bloom parade is my bread flowers (Vallaris glabra) which we locals call it Kesidang. It is difficult to photograph the flower as they always seem to be drooping downwards. Well, this vine just loves to climb high. Whenever it flowers, we will first sense the fragrance, then we look up or around us, we shall see the sweet, starry blooms.
It has the scent of Pandan, our favourite aromatic herb and also that of 'nasi lemak', our favourite coconut flavoured rice. Many Malaysians who grew up in a 'kampong' or countryside will have fond childhood memories associated with this plant. The fragrance is very pronounced in the mornings and evenings. A whiff of pandan always reminds me of home cooked food.
Rumphius (1628-1702) wrote about it as one of the perfumed flowers which the peoples of the Malay Archipelago were fond of using back in the old days, once upon a time, long, long ago.....
This is my Creeping Daisy which I plant as a ground cover. This sun-loving plant is extremely easy to grow and propagate as the stems will just root soon after it touches the ground. It's scientific name is Sphagneticola trilobata (Synonym: Complaya trilobata) and it is also known as Rabbit's Paw and Water Zinnia.
I am hesitating whether to continue growing this one because of negative reports about its highly invasive nature as it can also spread by seeds. This information is not just from the internet but also from friends who had grown it in their garden.
“GBBD May 2011”, a copyrighted post, was written for My Nice Garden blog by Autumn Belle @ http://www.mynicegarden.com/ on May 15th, 2011.
This desert rose (Adenium obesum) has bloomed for the first time. The flowers of this hybrid has a white centre and dark red rims. They last only 2-3 days.
I have most common lantana, the one we call, 'bunga tahi ayam' meaning chicken dung flower. Its scientific name is more glamourous: Lantana camara 'Mutablis' or Lantana camara 'Pink Caprice'.
In Malaysia, it grows like a wildflower and sometimes people regard it as a weed. The tricolour flowers are in pink, white and yellow. It is drought tolerant, generally pest free and attracts lots of butterflies.
I have been inspired by James Missier of Garden Chronicles blog to grow a Ylang-Ylang. I thought they were small trees after having seen a specimen of our indigeneous plant at the KLCC Park. Now I have this dwarf Ylang-Ylang tree (Canaga odorata var. 'fruticosa'). The scent is hardly noticeable, so I'll need to grow the tree if I wanna have a whiff of Chanel No. 5 in my garden.
A butterfly was born in My Nice Garden. It looked quite lost and forlorn on the ground there, just next to my flower pot so I extended my finger and it quickly glide onto my hand.
It's a common lime butterfly (Papilio demoleus). The upper side of their wings is certainly very different from the underside. I think the 4 dots on the hind wings look like peacock feather
I placed it on my cuphea plant where it took some time to dry its wing before it took off on its maiden flight of freedom.
Now compare the previous newborn butterfly with this one. Can you see mommy's bulging stomach? These lime butterflies seem to know when to come to my citrus lime plant to lay eggs. They usually do this just as my plant is putting out lots of new shoots.
This is my favourite hibiscus plant. The flower petals open as pale orange and later change colour to cream yellow with distinct pink veination.
This is suppose to be 'sawi' or mustard greens judging from the label when I purchased the seeds. Well, I didn't get any mustard greens but the flower and fruit look like a pink Lady's Finger (okra).
Should I eat this wierd looking mustard green vegetable turned okra?
Finally my balsam plants are starting to bear double flowers, thanks to Malar of My Little Garden blog who gave me the seeds. Mine are lean and weak and have not produced enough flowers for picking. Neither are there any seeds to collect.
Garden Bloggers Bloom Day is hosted by Carol at May Dreams Garden. To view what is blooming in other gardens around the world, visit here.
I am also participating in Garten Bloggers Blüte Tag (German GBBD) hosted by Gesine of Seepferds Garten blog here.