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Friday, May 17, 2013

My DIY Home Garden in Malaysia - GBBD May 2013


Strange things are happening to my hibiscus lately.


My yellow hibiscus has change in appearance! It was a beautiful single flower hibiscus with wavy edges and 5 large petals (Pic 1) when I first bought it but now it seems that it has suddenly grown a second set of petals surrounding the pistils! An extra upper tier of flower petals to be more exact. Pic 1 and 2 are of the same plant but taken at an interval of one month.

Is this a hybridisation experiment gone wrong?

My DIY Garden in Malaysia - GBBD May 2013”, a copyrighted post, was written for My Nice Garden blog by Autumn Belle @ on May 16th 2013.


A similar thing happened to this pinkish purple hibiscus too.
At one glance it looks like a double flower variety with about 10 petals arranged in 2 layers.


See the difference?
After the first round of flowering, this is how the flowers look like after reblooming.
It is clearly a double flower variety but the petals shape has changed!
Pic 3 and 4 are of the same plant but taken at one month interval.


My pink single flower hibiscus with a red eye centre.


Another large striking pink hibiscus!


Our humble National Flower, the red hibiscus.
Butterflies and sunbirds still prefer this simple hibiscus as compared to the rest.


Turk's Cap - Malvaviscus arboreus with flowers pointing up.


This mini Hibiscus rosa-sinensis is my favourite.
Love how the flowers point up and they are small and cute.


Red petunias.



Bamboo ground orchid (Arundina graminifolia) with Medinilla atronoides.


Caladium bicolor


Euphorbia bracteata
Synonym: Pedilanthus bracteatus
Common names: Little Bird Plant, Slipper Plant, Candlelilla

The above is the fruit that appeared after the flowers have withered off.


The Common Palmfly butterfly perched on my pandan plant (Pandanus amaryllifolius)
Scientific name: Elymnias hypermnestra agina

Notice the distinct white dot on its hind wing?


Green Heart Sunflowers.
The flower heads are about 6 inches diameter and plant 4ft tall.




This Lime Butterfly which was reared in My Nice Garden was born on the morning of 11 May 2013. That morning I was to be interviewed "Live" on a national TV show for a Mother's Day special for moms who loves gardening. What a coincidence!

It appeared on the set of "Bella NTV7 Thursday Unwind" that morning. Members of the broadcasting team named it "Bella" and Bella was released the same day on the grounds of the TV station.


Solenostemon scutellariodes (Syn: Coleus blumei) aka Painted Netlte


Desert Rose

Which one is your favourite?

This is my entry for
Garden Bloggers Bloom Day (GBBD) - May 2013 hosted my Carol of May Dreams Garden, the link is here.
Fertilizer Friday hosted by Glenda at Tootsie Time here.


  1. The Hibiscus are lovely. I really like that yellow one. That red center just sets it off.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

  2. It's very hard to pick a favourite. Your Hibiscus collection is just gorgeous, and I love the Medinilla. I do love Coleus flowers too though, and your Desert Rose is beautiful. Too hard to pick just one favourite.

    How wonderful that the Lime Butterfly appeared in time for the TV show. That must have been fantastic.

  3. We will ask the authorities about your hibiscus, however the breeder is difficult to locate, i have some guess. The more, the merrier, the more beautiful. I love your Caladium and am so envious, maybe i will go to Malaysia for that one and Junie's, haha! I also love the timing of the butterfly eclosion with your TV appearance. It is symbolic of your eclosion from a simple gardener blogger to a famous garden personality! Congratulations both for your garden escapades and for the sudden fame!

  4. Lovely and colourful blooms Autumn Belle!

  5. How fun that you were on a TV show! Your Hibiscus flowers are gorgeous! I have no idea why they would form double petals, unless it's some kind of hybrid process. Great post for Bloom Day!

  6. Your flowers are beautiful. It must be very auspicious for you to have a beautiful butterfly emerge on Mother's day and also on your TV appearance.

  7. Beautiful hibiscus! Congratulations on your TV interview! Has it been shown on air yet?

    1. Thanks! This is my 2nd TV interview. It was telecast live in April and May.

  8. Congrats on the your hibiscus especially the national flower....

  9. I think the Bougainvillea is my favorite, but the Hibiscus are beautiful, even the unusual ones. But I must say, they are many things - striking, flamboyant, even breathtaking - but not humble.

  10. Lovely pics of the hibiscus...

  11. Lovely hibiscus, love them all, can't really pick a favourite! I'm not sure why they develop this second set of petals, but is this the first year you have had them or are they mature plants in your garden? Might be worth asking an expert about this but I don't think it harms the plant, only perhaps keeping insects away.

  12. Such a lovely hibiscus! You really have excellent collection of plants!

  13. What a lovely series of photos.

  14. What more can I say, great pixz nice to see yellow pink & red hibiscus.

  15. I admire your ability to sustain and create beauty in your garden.
    Truly it is wonderful to see all these hibiscus - sun lovers blooming bright in your garden everyday.

    I have been neglecting blogging for a very long time - seemed that I got hooked with FB in My Nice Garden Chat. I find that chatting with other gardeners in real- time makes me so much alive that I it takes a lot to get back to the routine of blogging.

    You must share your secret of how you manage so many things with so little time.
    You must be a Super-hero!

    Have a great weekend!

  16. I love them all! My hibiscus flowers too are undergoing changes. Can't figure out the reason. One variety was single-petal White with Red center. Recent flowers don't have the Red center; the flower has turned pinkish instead of White. But the flower still looks pretty. :)


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