Sunday, November 28, 2010

New blooms on the slipper orchid

This NOID slipper orchid blooms every year when the weather is cooler around November and December. Its blooms last a very long time, too.

But in the past it didn't give me as many blooms as it does this year.

Slipper orchids prefer cool climate. I cannot grow them in my Saigon garden.

Friday, November 26, 2010

My coffee corner in Tuysonvien

The first thing I do in the morning is to have my cup of coffee outdoors, at the coffee corner.
This is my coffee corner in Tuysonvien. We have two chairs here, one for me and the other for my dog when my husband is not here (and he's mostly not here anyway).

We sit here, me with my coffee and my dog with his biscuits, enjoying ourselves. The air is always cool and crispy and the view beyond looks so calm. Sometimes it's foggy but sometimes it's clear enough to see the hills and vegetable patches on the other side.

Life is really good.
Photos of the coffee corner in my Saigon garden.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Big surprise

In August I put two amaryllis bulbs in my fridge to force bloom them.

When I brought them out and planted them, I found that one of them didn't do nothing while the other was showing signs of life after three weeks.

I thought the "silent" one could not perform this season. However, to my surprise, just yesterday I found this on the bulb.

Guess nature can never fail to bring you big surprise when it can, right?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Update on my "Amazon"

Well my "dense forest planting" called Amazon has grown so lush thanks to the frequent rains we had up here.
But, despite a dense forest, this looks too much disorder and I felt it needed thinning.

So I went ahead removing those over-grown violet plants to give room for the several ferns to grow.

Now it will need a dose of fertilizer to fill in again. Funny how I want it to be neat and to be exuberant at the same time!

Cymbidium season

My cymbidiums start spiking around August and producing their blooms around end of October.
This year, perhaps due to Global warming effects, they bloom somewhat earlier so that by now, mid-November, all the 4 spikes on my Golden Elf are fully open.

I also have a NOID in full bloom, too.

I have brought them inside to enjoy their fragrance and color. They fill the air in my living room sweetly.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Jade vine blooms

My jade vine has produced its first blooming spike after around a year and a half growing from a rooted cutting. Not too bad, is it?

Although this spike grew out of the last node on the vine so it is not perpendicular from the arbor, I don't mind so much.

Hopefully its next spikes will be dropping right from the top of the arbor.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Re-potting ground orchids

I used to pot my ground orchids in a mix consisting of rice husks and perlite. During the dry season, this mix seems fine but in the rainy season, my plants don't look very happy in it.
In my last visit to Chatuchak market in Bangkok, I noticed that the people there had their ground orchids in pure coconut chips (don't know if I got the word correct, what I mean is the 'outter skin' of the nut, not the 'shell', chopped to small square pieces). The plants looked very healthy and produced many flower spikes.
So I decided to re-pot my orchids using 'tree fern roots' (another word which could be mis-used here, but I think you can see clearly in the photos) I also use this medium for my 'air-orchids' such as Cattleya and Brassavola.

This medium retains some moisture and is very airy, so hopefully my plants will like it. The down-side maybe I will need to water more in the dry season.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Blooms on Amazon lily

This is a new comer these days - the Amazon lily.

The plant blooms once a year when the whether is cooler. It has light fragrance during the day but stronger in the evening.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Colors of the garden

My Saigon garden is for tropical plants who like heat and humidity.
I keep several kinds of orchids, some perennials and evergreen. I don't have many annuals here as I cannot afford to replace them all the time.
This week I have these showing their pretty colorful "faces".

They keep me company and happy, everyday!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Miniature spathoglottis plicata

I have a few spathoglottis plicata plants but only one of them is the miniature type.
Got this plant from a young fan of my blog last year. All this time I thought it was a seedling of the regular type spathoglottis.
Recently, it bloomed and I realized it is the miniature type, which Stephanie asked me once.

The plant overall size is about 30cm. It used to be in a small seedling pot.

I just re-potted it yesterday into a bigger pot.

Hopefully it will be happy in its new home.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Hoya nummularoides and NOID Blc. orchid

I planted this hoya as several short cuttings in 2008 and these are the first blooms after more than two year.
I'm even happier that the corona of the bloom is yellowish, not red as the plant I have up in Dalat. So actually I have two different clones of Hoya nummularoides.

And here's big surprise from JJ Market, Bangkok. When I bought this orchid, it was in buds so I didn't know what color the blooms would be. Now, they look like this and luckily, they are not the same with any other orchid I've had.

So much the better.