When I just bought this cat whiskers (Orthosiphon stamenis), I did not expect this is such an easy grower by the look of the delicate flowers. It grew so fast in our hot humid summer that I had to trim it to keep it in a good form. The cuttings are so easy to root that I just stick those trimmed branches into the regular soil, and they just grow. My friends will soon get this pass along from me.
Can you believe this plant was just a single plant in a one-gallon container three months ago? This actually has been trimmed twice.
I have shown these ground orchids (Spathoglottis) for many times, and I think now they have reached their peak. What a great performer!
I started this Plumeria rubra from the cutting early this year. It has been growing leaves nicely, and finally it bloomed last week! Are these flowers looking delicious? This flower's Chinese common name is "鸡蛋花" (Egg Flower). Hmmm, The white flower with the yellow center does look like the egg white and yolk! Yummy! It also has the nice scent.
This Rose of Sharon (Althea, Hibiscus syriacus) was new in my garden. Actually the pot contains two individual plants, one pink and one white. When I bought it from one local nursery, the owner told me that I can twist both branches together, so when they grow bigger, I will have a nice bush with two colors of flowers. The white one is much smaller, so I made its branches wrapped around the pink one. Right now, only the pink one shows lots of flowers, the white only occasionally blooms. Hopefully, next year, they can grow into a beautiful bush, or even better, a small tree.
Love the effect that blue porterweed against the pink flowers too...
Orchids are always my favorites! This Blue Fox Tail Orchid is blooming the second time of the year!
This Dendrobium Orchid is a house warming gift from my friend last year. I hung it on a palm tree. It only gets the morning sun. I only water it when no rain for a week, otherwise it just gets the regular rainfall. I even stopped fertilizing it for months. To my surprise, it now has six flower spikes on it!
Since I learned "Leave me alone" tip of growing orchids, I have gained more confidence. I can see more orchids will find the home in my garden. Here are two new orchid residents:
This Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia leucantha) was growing so big and it fell on the ground when I came back from China in July. I trimmed it to one third of the length. Now it came back better than ever. The fresh flower is velvet and looks so dainty pretty! I also found it is very easy to root the cuttings. I think after it finishes the flowers for this round, I may take the whole plant out, and replace it with the young plants from the cuttings. The flowers on the young plants just look so much better.
The tropical Lilac (Cornutia grandifolia) is also reblooming this year. Since I put it in the ground, it has taken off so fast. Not only the flower is pretty, but also I am loving the scent of the leaves. Every time I pass by this plant, I can not help myself to rub the leaves between my fingers and smell it! Seems not many people have seen this plant before. I was hoping it producing lots of seeds, so that someday I can share it with my friends in the real life and the blogger world. But for some reason, I hardly see the seeds out of it. The few seeds produced often drop off prematurely. Several attempts to root the cuttings also failed. I really need to find a good way to propagate it. Wish me luck, and wish someday I can share it with you guys!
Firespike (Odontonema strictum) was also started from the cuttings this year. I may start more cuttings later. If it can survive this winter, I may use it to replace some of privacy hedges in my garden. The flowers are so bright, and I wish someday it can attract the hummingbirds to visit them.
The last but certainly not the least, my favorite zinnia in the garden! This actually came from one volunteer from last year. Now this single plant has grown so big that I have to stake it to support the heavy flower heads!
Please also stop by Susan's place to see her and others' favorites of this month.
I have been cutting my blog time recently due to my busy schedule. I apologize that I have not visited your blogs and left comments as often as I wish. I do hope I can find a little more time in the future.