Beautiful Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemum Flowers

Although members are restricted to cultivate plants other than bonsai trees in the bonsai workshop, Teacher Wong always keeps some flowering plants in the workshop for ornamental purposes.  And now in the early winter, we have some big and beautiful Chrysanthemums with showy blossoms 😀 Continue reading Beautiful Chrysanthemums

Episcia Ronnie on Bike

My Episcia Ronnie  (aka Flame Violet)  is growing very well. It has grown many stolons, with some of them getting pretty long, and starting to tie up with one another.  To prevent my Episica Ronnie from growing into a tangled mess of stolons,   I knew I better change the container and repot the plant as soon as possible.

Episcia Ronnie on Bike

A hanging basket would be nice for trailing plants like Episcia, but I couldn’t find a suitable place in my house where I could hang the plant :(  While I was puzzling over the new container problem for my Episcia, I saw a cool bike/trolley looking raised planter when I was shopping one day. Yes! This could solve my problem I thought, and so I bought it right away. Continue reading Episcia Ronnie on Bike

My Hoya Kerrii Has Grown Another Heart

Hoya Kerrii (aka Sweetheart Hoya)

I bought this Hoya Kerrii (aka Sweetheart Plant) a few months ago in the summer.  Although I know that Hoya Kerrii is a slow-growing plant like most other succulents, I observe it closely every once a while, and hope that I will find something new, something different and exciting on this Sweetheart Hoya.

And last month, I finally got to see some “action” –  my Hoya Kerrii has grown another heart-shaped leaf!  Unlike the other leaves of my Hoya Kerrii, this one is all in green.  Now I wonder if the edge of the leaf will somehow turn yellow as the leaf grows bigger. Continue reading My Hoya Kerrii Has Grown Another Heart

Growing Impatiens in a Rubbish Bag

There are several bags of blossoming impatiens hanging in the bonsai workshop.  Instead of potting in typical hanging baskets, the impatiens are planted in huge, black rubbish bags.  And because the impatiens are blooming so vigorously, the rubbish bags are mostly covered with impatiens flowers and can hardly be seen.

These hanging impatiens bags look so pretty and easy to maintain that I really wanted to make one of my own once I spotted them in the bonsai workshop.  And here, after getting some instructions and advices from Teacher Wong, I have made my own last week :)

Growing Impatients in a Rubbish Bag

First challenge: Finding a thick and strong garbage bag.  Once I got the container for my plants, I filled it up with potting mix and tied it up tightly.  Then, with a cutter, I made a few openings for my impatiens.

Make sure not to make the openings too close to each other, for we want to give the impatiens enough space to grow and flower.

Growing Impatients in a Rubbish Bag

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Tabletop Garden – Doraemon Bonsai

Tabletop Container Garden - Doraemon Bonsai

This is my tabletop garden – Doraemon Bonsai.  Yes, it doesn’t look like anything close to those elegant oriental potted trees that we usually call as bonsai.  But since bonsai is the art of recreating the beautiful scenery we find in nature in pots and trays, I really do think that this is a bonsai, for it is reliving a scene in the nature (of Doraemon’s world) :) Continue reading Tabletop Garden – Doraemon Bonsai

Tabletop Garden – In the Wonderland

Container Moss Garden - In the Wonderland Container Moss Garden - In the Wonderland

This moss garden – In the Wonderland – has bought me so much joy.  From collecting moss in public park to choosing the right garden container, from making sand art in between the soil mix to cutting up my bracelet, necklaces and earrings, it has been an unexpectedly fun, dare-to-try experience.  While I love my moss garden, it is definitely the process that I enjoyed the most.

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My First Playful Tree Workshop

Last weekend I had my first Playful Tree Workshop in RAW (Random Art Workshop). While the preparation work was a little more of a headache than I had expected, the workshop went on smoothly overall. With some simple guidelines, and all materials and tools ready, everyone in the workshop was able to make a very cool cactus garden all by themselves.

I had lots of fun that day, and I hope everyone in the workshop had a good time too!

Playful Tree Workshop

Playful Tree Workshop

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Magic Bean Day 102 – Enough Training for My Climbing Beans

Since my magic beans have been climbing and wrapping around the water pipe pretty well, I decided to take away the training poles.  I just love the leaves.  It is awseome to see how my climbing beans have added more greens on the wall, creating a little vertical element in my . . . → Read More: Magic Bean Day 102 – Enough Training for My Climbing Beans

How to Make Tabletop Garden – Black N Matching

Tabletop Container Garden - Black N MatchingTabletop garden – Black N Matching is not only an easy-to-make tabletop garden, but it is also a garden that is easy to maintain, making it a great gift for any of your self-claimed blackthumb friends.

Here, let me show you how to make this tabletop garden.

Tabletop Container Garden - Black N Matching

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Chinese Money Plant & Nasturtium

Chinese Money Plant (Pilea peperomioides)When I found my Chinese Money Plant, Pilea peperomioides, blooming with some tiny white inflorescences last month, I knew that I was wrong when I told Louise that Chinese Money Plants never blossom

Besides Louise, I have a few other friends who guessed the plant that I used in my tabletop garden – Money Bowl is Nasturtium. Actually, it could be quite confusing since both plants have leaf stalks growing from the center of the leaf disks. Yet, it will be very easy to separate the two plants when they blossom.

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