Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Wednesday Blues!

Today I have the blues!

Early morning surprise....the clitoria ternatea (blue pea) or bunga telang/talang blogger Adiwieyah sent me has finally bloomed! A bigger surprise is that the flower has a double layer petals, which is the first time I have seen one. Looking like a miniature blue rose or a double layered blue balsam, it is so lovely! Thanks Fie for the seeds!



clitoria ternatea (blue pea) double layer bloom...like a miniature blue rose

the creeping vine is about 3 feet tall now with 2 vivid blue flowers


clitoria ternatea the common single layer bloom (Wikipedia)


clitoria mariana...light purple bloom (Wikipedia)


comparing this long bean (snake bean) bloom with clitoria mariana...almost the same

the blue flowers are picked for food colouring in our local cooking




Clitoria ternatea (bunga telang/talang) is a native of tropical equatorial Asia but has been introduced to other continents like Africa, Australia and America. They are creepers with vivid blue flowers, though there are some varieties of white and light purple/lilac. The plant is grown as an ornamental but mainly for its blue flowers as a food colouring in our local cooking instead of using the blue dye.



another blue in my garden - Tibouchina Urvilleana or Princess flower (senduduk)


a pretty blue wild petunias (ruellia tuberosa) growing everywhere out of cracks of cement in my backyard...but I have also taken cuttings to plant in hanging pots and the new flower beds...




miniature blue morning glory


finally something blue (morning glory), something white (anthuriums) and something wispy and soft (fountain grass/bunga lalang) to make up a small impromtu garden bouquet to brighten up my day!


HAVE A NICE DAY!

18 comments:

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

I love that flower with the kisses !

rainfield61 said...

Please give me some kueh using your blues as colouring.

Janine said...

I discover your blog on My rustic bajan garden and I like your blue flowers
I speak a little english because I speak french from a nice island Guadeloupe (french west indies)
My blog is http://gwadabrode.canalblog.com/

p3chandan said...

Wong, flower with the kisses? Which one?

Rainfield, sorry la..Im not good at making kueh but maybe the blue nasi kerabu! Hehehe....

Hi Janine, thanks for dropping by my small garden. Nice to know someone from so far away and French speaking too...I think the language is so romantic!

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

The 3rd one of which is purple color !
I think similar to mine ...
http://cwwongphotography.blogspot.com/2010/04/blog-post_5693.html

Rosey said...

I love blue morning glory! I had but three lonely blossoms last summer.
Beautiful blues you have!

One said...

Your orchid at the top is gorgeous!

I like the combination of flowers in the last photo. Soft and beautiful.

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

Ahem..plan nak buat nasi kerabu ke? Nanti kongsi resepi ya! tapi kat sini kena pakai artificial blue je la.

Masha said...

Lovely blues. I grow Princess Flower too, and it blooms in late fall and winter, so mine is just done. I miss the flowers already...

p3chandan said...

Ok Wong Ive seen that photo which was superb and now I know why you called the flower with kisses!Thank you!

Thanks Rosey, the blue morning glory really stands out in the garden because of the striking colour but its very invasive, so you have to cut them back regularly but that seems to trigger them to bloom more I think!

Thanks One, those are my ground orchids, which are quick to bloom and maintain than the real orchids.I love the vibrant colour of the morning glory which makes the bouquet stands out.

Diana, akak pun kena cari resipi dari cikmanggis atau Adiewiyah...sama2 kita belajar masak nasi kerabu ek? Nanti bagi la address kat sane, I still got some seeds left.

Masha, I never thought tibouchina or princess flower can survive in temperate climate...something new to learn. Hope can see them in your garden post when they bloom.

~Holly~ said...

What a cheerful garden! I love your blues!

NellJean said...

Very nice post on tropical blues. I even let weeds grow if the flowers are blue.

Stephanie said...

Your double layer blue pea is beautiful! And the colour is so deep. Yes looks like a rose :-D

carolynsshadegardens.com said...

I always have trouble photographing blue flowers--you have done a great job.

Malar said...

Blue garden! Is blue your favorite colour?
I think you have harvest the flowers for Nasi Kerabu! Any recipe? I want too!

milka said...

Wahai p3chandan, you have so many beautiful blues in your garden- feeling blue meh? keke. It's also my 1st time to see the double layered bloom from the pea. All very 'sui' (beautiful) lor... but your morning glory is still my pick ;)

p3chandan said...

Thanks Holly! I intend to get more reds later.

Thank you Nell, yes I will not only let the weeds grow but at the momemt, planting them in my flower beds (ruellia tuberosa)!

Steph, I love those sweet miniature blue pea flowers too. brighten up my chain fence!

Thanks Carolyn, I think the bright sunlight play an important part in photographing those blue flowers.

You guessed it Malar...I love blue flowers and white too! So my garden have lots of blues and whites. I got the recipe from Adieweyah who gave me the seeds of the blue pea in the first place.

Milka, no la...not feeling blue lor, just featuring those blue flowers in my garden when I spotted the double layered pea flowers. Morning glory is my favourite too when I see those big blue flowers creeping on my chain fence!

James Missier said...

At the first look - I really thought it was a blue rose. Truly beautiful!!!!