The last time I visited it, there were lots of orchids in bloom. This time...none. I was a little disappointed, but the other areas made up for that.
Let's go in and count the flowers!
|Colourful carpet of annuals at the entrance to the public garden|
|This grove of Golden Chain trees greets us from the car park area.|
|Manicured garden with hardscapes including gazebos are found throughout the grounds.|
|A close-up of the Mussaenda philippica also known as Buddha's Lamp, Bangkok Rose (the bushes in the previous photo, to the left)|
|This walkway is lined with clumps of bamboo on the left.|
|This path has a row of heliconia backed by tall palms on the left.|
|Drunken Sailor, or Quisqualis indica, all in a row.|
|Giant-leaved yam plants.|
|Musa ornata, a tall banana tree with lavender flowers. The yellow stamen-looking off-shoots must be the beginnings of young combs of bananas. The ants want the first taste, I see.|
|Sweet pink Peacock Flowers|
|Another mussaenda variety|
|Mussaenda luteola, dwarf yellow variety called White Wing. You can see why.|
|"Misai Kucing", meaning Cat's Whiskers|
My favourite part of the garden
|Topiaried bougainvillea with a carpet of annuals beneath them.|
If your count hasn't reached one thousand, my job has not ended. I shall have to make another visit to this garden for more tropical delights. The bromeliads, ferns and palms are waiting for their turn to be featured in the next segment of Taman Seribu Bunga.
In the garden...
(my first tanka for submission to Poetic Form at The Purple Tree House)
passion reaches for a taste
tainted fruit so sweet
faded petals on the ground
soiled for all eternity
written by rosie gan
( also for Poetry Picnic Week #1)