How to Grow Your Own Fresh Air

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In his talk, Kamal Meattle shows how an arrangement of three common houseplants – Areca Palm, Mother-in-law’s Tongue, and Money Plant – can result in measurably cleaner indoor air.

While I find this talk interesting, I have quite a few questions about the numbers that the speaker gives. Kamal Meattle claims that “we . . . → Read More: How to Grow Your Own Fresh Air

Vickie’s Cactus Garden

Although I have grown cacti for over two years, I haven’t yet had any cactus blooming beautiful flowers as the little one of Vickie, who took my Playful Tree Workshop earlier.

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Vickie told me that all the cacti in her cactus garden are growing vigorously since the day she brought them home, and the red grafted cactus started blossoming a few weeks after as well.   Ah… how much I wish mine would blossom like hers does!

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Hong Kong Flower Show 2010

Hong-Kong-Flower-ShowI went to the Hong Kong Flower Show in Victoria Park a few days ago.  The flower show is a major event organized every year by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department to promote horticulture and the awareness of greening.   Besides displaying a rich profusion of beautiful potted plants, exquisite floral arrangements, and gorgeous landscape displays, there are also stalls selling flowers and many other gardening tools and supplies.

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This dragon is a signage of Hong Kong.  Can you find the hidden word “香港” in the dragon?

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Growing Hippeastrum

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Hippeastrum (aka Barbados Lily, 朱頂蘭 in Chinese) is often been mistaken as Amaryllis.

Hippeastrum is a hardy plant.   The flowers of Hippeastrum are red and pink and often striped with various amounts of white. Some hippeastrums have yellow, white, orange or pale green flowers. The flowers only appear for 2-3 weeks and they are unscented.  With large rewards of big and beautiful flowers for little efforts, I always enjoy growing Hippeastrums. Continue reading Growing Hippeastrum

My Keep-Blossoming African Violet

Gardening could be fun and easy.  Once we make friends with our plants, and get to know their likes and dislikes well, all we have to do is give them exactly what they want, and they will thrive beautifully.

After overfertilizing my African violet – Frosted Denim – and had most of its flower buds burnt, I have learned my lesson well.  Nowadays, I don’t fertilize it very often, maybe once every 2 weeks.  In fact, I didn’t fertilize my African violet at all in January and February.  And I always dilute the fertilizer solution to half the suggested dosage before use.

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Have Our Narcissus Blossoms at the Right Time

Narcissus FlowerChinese love to decorate their homes with Narcissus (Chinese Sacred Lily in particular) during Chinese New Year. The beautiful white Narcissus flowers with orange cups blossom around 7-14 days, and when they bloom, they send out a very sweet fragrance.

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Big Carnivorous Pitcher Plants in Kinabalu

Plants on Mount KinabaluI saw this big carnivorous pitcher plant when I was climbing Mount Kinabalu in Malaysia last week.

While orchids and carnivorous pitcher plants are among the park’s most famous plants,  they are rare along the park’s most worn tourist trails.  I could find a few small carnivorous pitcher plants while I was hiking Mount Kinabalu, but it was Arnold, my tour guide, who brought me to see this big pitcher plant :)

Plants on Mount KinabaluHere are a few more carnivorous pitcher plants.

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Putrajaya – City in the Garden

I have traveled so much in the past two months, to Cambodia as well as many places in Malaysia. Besides Kuala Lumper, Langkawi, Melaka, and Sabah, I also visited Putrajaya – the new Federal Government administrative center and future capital of Malaysia.

Frankly, in this current stage, Putrajaya hasn’t yet been tourist friendly enough. The city is still under development, guided by the strategic vision 2015, which is to turn Putrajaya into a well managed, vibrant, prosperous city.

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Photos taken in a bus

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My Impatiens in the Rubbish Bag are Blooming!

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After waiting for three months, I finally have a big bagful of Impatiens blossoms!  Apparently, impatiens is very easy to maintain, and it grows well in shade.  Since I planted the six young impatiens in November, I haven’t done much but only watered them every 5-10 days, depended on the weather.  I would definitely . . . → Read More: My Impatiens in the Rubbish Bag are Blooming!

Narcissus Blossom – An Important Symbol in Chinese New Year

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Since Narcissus flower blooms around lunar January, it is one of the most associated flowers with the Chinese New Year. The Chinese like to decorate their homes with this beautiful white Narcissus flower and wait in anticipation of its blossom, which symbolizes good luck and prosperity for the coming year.  In addition, Narcissus has one of the sweetest fragrances! Continue reading Narcissus Blossom – An Important Symbol in Chinese New Year