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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, April 23, 2011

Steadfast and True

What's blooming  in my garden lately? Well even though my plants are suffering in silence from neglect as I've been gallivanting about quite a bit this month, the perennials are doing alright, and one of my older orchid plants decided to bloom to get my attention. Aren't they my steadfast and truly loyal friends?

Here's that old friend I was referring to large cattleya, I'm ashamed to say I do not know what type of cattleya she is.

She may look a little unkempt, but look deeper and you see the beauty deep inside her:

Here's my waterlily...always there by my side, a cheerful presence that lifts my spirits; no wonder, she has a heart of gold:

Let's take a closer look at this flower from my climber. I do not know what it is, but it blooms all the time. She also has a heart of gold!

I should let them know I appreciate their companionship and that they light up my life! Can anyone teach me how to speak to my plants? I gather that they can hear us and respond to our tone that true?

For Fertilizer Friday, visit Tootsietime, for Macro Friday, visit Blogging from Bolivia.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A Bandung Garden Style

I have just got home from Bandung, Indonesia, where I was looking out for garden designs, and I found one that can be said to be typical of an Indonesian garden landscape.I was quite pleased to have found it.

Bandung is in West Java, Indonesia. It is on  a slightly elevated location, about 2,500 ft above sea level, and the cool temperature there produces luxuriant vegetation all year round!

Apart from the green plants, the Bandung garden design would often incorporate the stone art which is crafted in Indonesia. There are wall relief statues, stone statues, figure statues and animal statues which are displayed among the trees and borders. 

This is such a pleasant, calming statue to have in a Balinese garden.

Strange that the designer had added a Roman fusion (in the background) to the Balinese theme! 

For Macro Monday, here's a close up of the face of a stone figure statue:

A guardian spirit?

A popular feature is to incorporate epiphytes of all sorts onto huge trees.

A close up of the attractive red succulents and air plants (which look like roots ).

An orangutan and child 

This is for Mellow Yellow Monday:

Sprays of orchids like sparklers in the noon day sun.

See what I mean by luxuriant? Such well-fed foliage!

A variety of textures, patterns, shapes and shades of tropical greens and ferns.

This unusual flower is from a tall tree...unknown species (to me, that is).

And for Mosaic Monday, two animal statues:

Please visit Macro Monday, Mosaic Monday, Mellow Yellow Monday and Yard Art Thursday for more garden delights.