I brought this jelly-bean sedum back from the US back in 2007.
At first I kept the plant in the shade house, the plant looked all green and lanky.
Monday, August 31, 2009
I think I'm deeply in love with succulents so much that I just made another dish garden. This time the main player was an euphorbia.
Posted by Hà Xuân at 6:55 AM
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Yes, the "water" from my succulent fountain has run-over.
After 10 days, the little sedum has grown so much it has covered the whole base and other plants. Look! It has definitely run-over.
The sedum burrito from the top has also grown at least 1cm longer, and a lot more new growths have sprouted from the center, too.
Since there's full of "water" in the fountain, two toads and a frog have made it their home. Can you see them?
Posted by Hà Xuân at 7:37 PM
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
I started this container last time I was at TSV. I fell in love with the "tree" when shopping for containers and thought it would make a nice "mini-landscape" in a shallow dish. So I bought it and the dish.
Posted by Hà Xuân at 2:59 PM
Monday, August 24, 2009
My holiday cacti are all blooming now. This is their first show; their second show will come around Thanksgiving and Christmas.
I have a few with different colors. The pink, orange and white are blooming this week. I hope the other colors will follow suit.
These days, my small living room is adorned with cactus blooms. All look so fresh!
Posted by Hà Xuân at 8:35 PM
Friday, August 21, 2009
It's the ground orchid, with two spikes.
Once this orchid blooms, it can go on and on for several weeks, with one bloom opens one day and the next bloom on the next day, and so on. And buds continue to form at the tip of the spike.
I planted these ground orchids in soil and treat them as other garden plants. They are quite easy to keep and bloom very regularly, not following a certain blooming season like other orchids. The white one blooms non-stop, you can hardly ever find it without blooming spikes!
Do you have ground orchids in your garden?
Posted by Hà Xuân at 7:56 AM
Thursday, August 20, 2009
It was my first time trying to grow nepenthes (pitcher plant) and I was worrying that I would kill them for not providing the right culture.
But luckily, all my 4 neps are growing well and pitchering nicely after trying to adjust themselves to the new growing environment in my backyard.
Nepenthes ventrata is growing robustly. It even produces a new growth at the base and this new growth is pitchering, too! The baby green pitcher looks so cute.
Nepenthes thorelli seems to be slow in recovering from the changes. All the pitchers that came with the plant dried up. But it has produced a nice new pitcher; unfortunately some culprit has damaged it. I figure, perhaps, a big ant while trying to escape the pitcher, has bitten into it and made the hole!
Nepenthes bicalcarata looks so handsome with its new pitcher, quite large. This is one of the two plants I bought from Thailand last month. Just love it!
And Nepenthes rafflesiana - the one with the biggest, spotted pitcher - is also catching up with two new, developing pitchers.
I feel so happy about all this. It proves that I can grow pitcher plants all right!
Posted by Hà Xuân at 10:30 AM
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
More than a year ago, I cut a "branch" off my mature ZZ plant to propagate. I planted the cutting in a small pot but left the pot outside in the garden. Then the cutting got rotted and only a "stump" was left.
A couple months ago, I needed a small pot for some other plants, so I upturned the pot with the ZZ stump in it only to find out there was a tiny shoot under the soil line!
So I re-potted everything and put the pot at the place where I could easily watch it. Finally, the new growth surfaced!
ZZ plant is easy to propagate as you can see. And even if you only have a "stump" left of a cutting, don't throw it away but keep watering it, you may eventually get the plant you wanted.
Posted by Hà Xuân at 3:08 PM
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
I have been growing African Violets since 2005. Because AV is scarce in 'Nam, my collection is rather small in number as well as varieties.
Most of my plants are NOIDs, starting from leaves.
Recently, I was able to identify three of my AVs. Here're the named varieties.
And here're the NOIDs.
I hope eventually I'd be able to assign names to these NOIDs. They're all very pretty, aren't they?
Posted by Hà Xuân at 8:54 PM
Monday, August 17, 2009
My succulent plants continue to grow well.
Posted by Hà Xuân at 10:48 PM
I think this container of Thanksgiving cactus will bloom in a week's time. Look at how far the buds have grown on it.
It even has a half-way opening bloom, too.
I have had this cactus for nearly five years now and every year it never fail to give me a flabulous show of blooms, though a bit too early for Thanksgiving.
But I won't be without cactus blooms for the holidays, either, since I have several containers of them :-o).
Posted by Hà Xuân at 1:41 PM
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Very often TSV would be enveloped in fog.
Across the valley from the garden, the hills looked like the wavy ocean. The air was so still and no sound was audible. I just sat there, motionless, at my back porch, trying to behold the view. It was like heaven, you know.
Posted by Hà Xuân at 9:45 AM
Friday, August 14, 2009
I use a certain medium available locally to pot my hoya, anthurium, epiphyllum, and my holiday cactus.
The medium is a produce of the tree in the photo here. This kind of "tree" is abundant in our forest, so I guess it's renewable. But of course it may take quite some time for them to grow to size.
The logs then would be cut into "slates" (?) for mounting species orchids. The photo shows the back of the mount and you can see the orchid roots went through the slate in this photo.
Those that are not big enough for slates would be chopped into something like this and used as potting medium.
When I buy this stuff, I would normally cut it into smaller "grains" (?) so that the roots of the plants can easily penetrate and attach themselves.
This stuff - chopped tree fern, or Dớn in Vietnamese - is very porous, in fact it holds no water except what it has absorbed.
My above mentioned plants love this medium. They grow and bloom for me regularly, even non-stop like my anthurium.
PS: This post is for Lynn.
Posted by Hà Xuân at 6:28 PM