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A garden enthusiast who loves to travel and capture the beauty of places and freeze the memories of her travels in photographs, as well as document her experiences in verse...thankful for the simple pleasures in life.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Witches Tongue

Musical Note Plant, Morning Kiss, Witches Tongue (Rotheca incisa)

Family: Verbenaceae 
Genus: Rotheca 
Species: incisa 

When I first came across this plant at a garden nursery, the nursery lady told me she only knew it by the local Malay name of Bunga Taugeh. 'Taugeh' is Malay for beansprouts and 'bunga' means flower. The flower buds did look very much like beansprouts.

They also look like musical notes, hence their other popular name.

I have no inkling as to why they are also known as Morning Kiss, though. Do you?

When in full bloom, my oh my, they are the tropic's equivalent of snowdrops!!!

Snowdrops with whiskers.

They flower repeatedly all the year round, isn't that great? If I wanted to propagate them, I could take the semi-hardwood portion of this herbaceous plant. Will try doing that when the plants are more mature.

I just love my Morning Kiss to bits, even if they are more maliciously referred to as Witches Tongue. I think I'm literally stifling them with love. They are being coddled by the coleus plants all round them.I am trying not to trim the red coleus, though, as they would certainly be bushier after a trim and further overwhelm my pretty rotheca incisa.

So, it may not be spring here in the tropics, but I have my whiskered spring flowers to give me a feeling of springtime here.

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Friday, March 25, 2011

In The Air

Love is in the air
Everywhere I look around
Love is in the air
Every sight and every sound

I think there is something going on in my garden haven...the atmosphere is charged, there is a buzz, yes a definite buzz in the air. 

Could they be in love?

Is this the beginning of a new romance?

What is this thing called 'love'?

A loving family kind of love...

Love for the flowers which share your pond?

Or could it be infatuation...or just fascination!

For Macro Flowers Saturday, I present my smitten seagull from Bali:

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Lovely Mellow Yellow

Presenting the Second Cousins from Mygardenhaven! These two varieties of  yellow hibiscus dwell side-by-side in neighbouring flower-beds. They were both acquired from a local garden nursery, and have been blooming regularly in their new location. Guess they like their new neighbourhood!

Here's one for the macro album:

And another for company.

I love them both for their colour, their form, their performance, and their impressive appearance!

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