Pat’s Blooming Opuntia & More!

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First of all, I would like to thank Pat from Canada for sharing with us photos of her blooming opuntia and some of her other plants. The colors of the opuntia flowers are beautiful.

Beautiful colors and easy maintenance, don’t you find these factors attractive enough to make you a cactus fan?

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Hoya Kerrii – My Hearts are Falling Apart!

Hoya Kerrii

My Sweetheart Hoya (left) taken in November 2009 (right) taken in August (2010)

This is my Hoya Kerrii.  It used to be a pretty baby before but somehow since last month its heart-shaped leaves started to wrinkle up, and after a week or two, the leaves began to fall apart

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Caleana major – the Flying Duck Orchid

Caleana Orchid

I received an email that titled “Caleana major – the Flying Duck Orchid” from a bonsai friend yesterday.  When I checked the attached photos, I was amazed.  This orchid surely lives up to its name! Continue reading Caleana major – the Flying Duck Orchid

Attila’s Super Cute Cactus Garden

Attila's Cactus Garden

This is Attila’s cactus garden.  It is so lovely.  When I first saw the photos of his cactus garden, it’s like “oh my… this is so cute!” I especially love the eyes he added to the cacti, making these two little creatures so lively and adorable. And the little bee and butterfly that . . . → Read More: Attila’s Super Cute Cactus Garden

Crystal Soil – Not Just Pretty, But Functional

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Crystal soil is not only a wonderful potting mix for decorating our home and office, but also has great practical use when mixed with soil in our container plants, as well as our outdoor gardens. These water absorbent polymer beads that are able to absorb and hold tens to hundreds of times its volume . . . → Read More: Crystal Soil – Not Just Pretty, But Functional

It’s Time for Yellow Watermelon Again!

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Because of the intensively hot weather in Hong Kong in the recent few weeks, the yellow skinned watermelons in the greenhouse have ripened unexpectedly early this summer. In fact, since all of them ripened all together so quickly, many of them couldn’t be enjoyed in time before turning bad.

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My Super Goldy Lollipops

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This summer, the lollipop plants (Pachystachys lutea) on my balcony are growing vigorously with many flowers. Frankly, I was a bit surprised. I didn’t expect it to blossom so well, for I have been so busy lately that I haven’t done much pruning and fertilizing since its last bloom.

I guess it’s the extremely hot hot sun in these two weeks that has helped my lollipop plants growing so well. Continue reading My Super Goldy Lollipops

Mosquito Bite Relief Tips

garden-mosquitoSummer is a season which I both love and hate. It is the season when our gardens grow vigorously, with bright green foliage and colorful sweet blossoms. It is also the season when we are the busiest working in our gardens, sweating under the strong, harsh sun while feeding our blood to the hungry mosquitoes.

During the mosquito season, we pretty much have to stop breathing to not attract the attention of a mosquito since a big attractor for these buggies is the carbon dioxide from our breathing. Continue reading Mosquito Bite Relief Tips

Prevention – The Best Mosquito Bite Treatment

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Mosquito bites are not only annoying, but also dangerous. Besides itching and swelling, various diseases can be spread by mosquito bites. The exchange of blood and mosquito saliva gives a perfect situation for spreading disease such as Encephalitis, West Nile virus, and Yellow fever. The prevalence of these diseases depends on the geographic location. Certain areas of the world, such as tropical areas, carry a greater risk of contacting these diseases than others. Continue reading Prevention – The Best Mosquito Bite Treatment

How to Grow and Care for Phalaenopsis Orchids

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Phalaenopsis orchids are very suitable for city dwellers who have limited space and no gardens. Since Phalaenopsis orchid is quite easy to grow and generally likes the light and temperature condition of our homes, it is an excellent choice for the first time orchid growers, as well as indoor gardeners.

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