Sunday, November 14, 2010

Whats blooming in my garden...GBBD Nov 2010

The Garden Bloggers Bloom Day (GBBD) is here again for the month of November, first time Im participating. It comes on every 15th of the month, where we show what flowers are blooming in our garden at that particular time.








purple Asters



Asters are perennials and easy to grow. It can be grown by dividing the plants and by seeds. I bought these before the last Hari Raya to add colours to my garden for the festive occasion. They have been blooming ever since. Asters need average soil but will grow well with compost, full sun and water once a day, but no over watering. They come in blues, purples and a variety of pinks and they look like daisies with yellow centres.







white anthuriums




These white anthuriums when I first bought had normal size flowers. But later I noticed their flowers have shrunk to half their original size. Probably because the plant was exposed to full sun, which I was told later, should be in the shade. Anthuriums are usually grown for their attractive looking flower spathes and their ornamental leaves and also they are popular in the tropics because of their long vase life of about 6 weeks, depending on the variety.





pink pentas





white pentas




red pentas




I have three different colours of Pentas Lanceolata, pink, white and red. They are also called Egyptian Starclusters, Star Flower and Star Clusters. They have lush dark green, veined folliage which make them look attractive with their clusters, bloom all year round, need full or partial sunlight. I placed mine under the awning to protect them from the onslaught of rain but still get the full sunlight to bloom. When their flowers fall off, I cut the flower heads so that they can grow new branches and bloom again. Pentas are supposed to attract butterflies and hummingbirds but so far I havent seen any!



If you want to participate in GBBD please go to May Dreams Garden. Here is the link:


Happy Gardening!

29 comments:

gardenwalkgardentalk.com said...

Hi GWGT here. I just let another blogger know. You wait until Carol posts Mr. Linky on her site. It is usually around midnight here in the east. You can also wait until Monday. Getting on the list is all that matters.

Then you copy and paste your URL for that day's post into the box that is designated on her post page. It is really easy. Like you, I did it the same way, then figured it out after. I hope I helped, if not drop me a message or visit my blog and leave a comment. Then I can contact you.

fer said...

Very nice blooms! I like the white pentas.
I also just posted my blooms day post, Happy blooms day!

p3chandan said...

Hi GWGT, thanks for helping, I appreciate it. Ok I will wait for Carol's post and try to the link.
Thanks again.



Hi fer, Happy Blooms day to you too..I'll come and have a look at your flowers tomorrow.Im half asleep..zzzzz

rainfield61 said...

It is so good to be accompanied by flowers all the days.

Chris said...

Great to see that flowers are blooming somewhere as we head into winter!

Orchid de dangau said...

Salam,

I really like your Asters...I have experience once, plant this Asters; quite long time ago. Maybe too much watering, this plants die slowly. I tried to visit few nurseries here but cannot find yet. BTW you have a lot of flower blooming in your garden, mine only orchids.
Happy gardening.

Malar said...

I like your purple asters! Are they same as bunga cina which is used for making chinese tea?
Where did you get the seeds/ seedling?
My Anthurium flowers have shink they flower size too! I'm growing them at shade....
Your garden must be so beautiful with so many flowers blooming!

kitchen flavours said...

Beautiful blooms. The asters are very lovely. I have the pentas too! They are very 'hardworking', meaning that non-stop flowering!

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

Your pentas are lovely. Wish I have them too in my garden.

p3chandan said...

Yes Chris, thats one reason why its great gardening in the Tropics, the flowers bloom all year round!



Salam Orchid de dangau, Im surprised you cant get Asters in the nurseries up North, here you can get them in most nurseries. Too much water is sometimes not good for some plants. You have no flowers blooming? Well your beautiful and rare orchids are good enough to cheer you up everyday!


Thanks Malar, Aster can be grown by seeds too but Im very impatient so I bought the seedlings at Sg Buloh. Yes Anthuriums flowers better in the shade it seems..



Yes Autumn Belle, pentas flowers can bloom for a long time provided you dont over water, dont leave them at the mercy of our rainy season and you have to cut them to encourage new branches and buds..



Kadazan-Malay girl, thanks but I envy your garden as you have a good mix of veges and flowering plants that cant be grown in the Tropics!

Mac_fromAustralia said...

Beautiful photos. I like your pentas, especially the red one.

Ellada said...

You have beautiful Pentas.

p3chandan said...

Hi Mac thanks, welcome to my small garden, thanks for dropping by.



Hi Ellada, thank you. Welcome to my garden.

Autumn Belle said...

My dear P3C, so sweet of you to think of me when I haven't arrived at your blog yet :-)

Your asters and pentas are really lovely. Even I myself will be intoxicated with their beauty, Now, I'm mabuk already!

p3chandan said...

Oops! Sorry kitchen flavours, called you Autumn Belle..hehe..Thanks for pointing my mistake Autumn Belle, Im always thingking of you thats why laa! Im the one who is mabuk! haha

The Redneck Rosarian said...

The color of your Asters is very pretty.

p3chandan said...

Thanks Chris..but nothing compared to your gorgeous rose! Thanks for dropping by my garden.

lotusleaf said...

I like your asters- they are such a lovely colour.

Rosey said...

Hello,
Such a pretty lot of flowers and blooms! I like the anthuriums. Very nice!

p3chandan said...

Hi lotusleaf, thank you.I like them too...



Hello Rosey, thank you.

Missy said...

Lovely pentas - add such joy and colour to the garden.

scottweberpdx said...

Lovely post...I adore those purple Asters, and the Pentas are charming!

Stephanie said...

It's always so wonderful to walk into a garden that's filled with blooms. These beautiful blooms made me smile! Thanks!

p3chandan said...

Rainfield...Im surrounded by my flowers but you have your own fans too...the insects and wild life on your walkabout!


Missy, Scott..thanks. Welcome to my small garden in the Tropics!

p3chandan said...

Steph...a garden full of blooms, is like a life full of happiness, even when we are down there's always something unexpected to cheer us up!

One said...

Wah! Lots of beautiful flowers in abundance in your garden!

Appalachian Feet said...

It must be a matter of time before the butterflies and hummingbirds find your asters and pentas -- those are usually sure bets! I hope you get to see some soon. :)

p3chandan said...

One..thanks but not as many as yours!


Eliza, hopefully will see at least one having a go at my blooms! Thanks for dropping by my small garden.

Sunray said...

Beautiful blooms and great photos capturing them.

Cher
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