Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Prolonging the season

This year  i planted 200 gladiolus bulb, in 4 stages starting in June, In August the first batch started to bloom. Since then my gladiolus do not stopped blooming. 

greenish yellow ruffle gladiolus


assorted colour

light purple


purple ruffle

yellow, crimson and very deep blue

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Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Japanese Rose

The flood in Dec ’14 managed to almost wipe out my entire Japanese rose collection. I think i have almost all varieties in my collection. I managed to rebuild my collection from a few cuttings that were saved from each variety.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Gladiolus in new house

              It is hard to look after sick family member, a small daughter, holding 8-5 job, being sick frequently and doing a landscape in my new house. I neglected the blog since it is the easiest, i simply do not have enough time and energy or willpower to keep blogging. So far the only things that i achieve are growing gladiolus, fruit trees and Japanese moss because they are easiest to grow even when neglected

             Gladiolus bulbs were sourced from Netherland, courtesy of my good friend Peter. This year he send me many mixed bulbs and a few packet of bulbs in spectrum of colour: Indian summer is red hue flowers; sunshine partner is blue (range from light to dark blue etc) and many other combination.
I buried the bulbs in early June, 2 months later i am blessed by their beautiful flowers.

first to bloom is yellow

followed by bright red

close up view

maroon colour

next is green

Night jasmine


I love fragrant flower, i always have a few varieties in my garden since i start gardening at the age of 7. Over the years i keep adding to my collection. This night jasmine has been residing in my garden for over 5 years. It is next to the tap and love the overflow water that soak the root whenever i turn on the tap, and it thanks me by giving out profusion of flower.  It has sweet fragrant which can be smell after dark between 8 to 9 pm. Its flowers are unique and look like crystal chandelier .This is a vigorous grower that needs to be pruned every 2 months and easily rooted from cuttings. I’m planning to grow and turn it into a hedge in my new house.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Sunflower: comparison

I love sunflowers; i have more than 20 varieties which i grow in succession. But this time it is really disappointing, the plants were tall and wiry with small flower and some have less vibrant colour. The seeds were fresh from the package.

1. velvet queen

Below are my velvet Queen, the flower is not as blackish red as it supposed to be (photo 1), instead it more like rusty red, (2nd photo) and the second plant look almost like bicentenary variety (3 rd photo) The seed that i bought from Vienna produce the deep red colour, the current seeds were sourced from USA.

Velvet Queen sunflower seeds - Garden Seeds - Annual Flower Seeds
from supplier website

velvet queen

?velvet queen
2. Hybrid suflower

 This sunflower was grown from my own open pollinated seed of last year, so it is not a variety named variety. The petals are long and narrow, yellow in colour which is slightly darker near the centre, maybe this ia cross between Taiyo and bicentenary.

3. Kong sunflower

Germination rate of this variety is poor, almost the same as giant Mongolian at about 20 %. This is my only plant from this variety. My Kong sunflower instead of 12-14 foot giant only reaches the height of 5 feet and equally smaller flower. I was very busywith other commitment that i do not have time to fertilize it hence the smaller plant, in my opinion regardless of the variety, the plant that was feed with a lot of fertilizer will be bigger and produce bigger flower too.

kong sunflower

Kong sunflower seeds - Garden Seeds - Annual Flower Seeds
  photo :supplier's website

5. Giant sunflower
This is among my favourite sunflower, the petal is  plum, colour is lighter and the centre is green.

giant sunflower

6. Procut brilliant
   This sunflower is my recent favourite, it has pale yellow petal with dark centre,  almost similar to valentine sunflower sold by other company