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Phalaenopsis Kokedama

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Just a quick update on the two Phalaenopsis orchids that have been grown on moss balls (kokedama). Now both are blooming nicely.

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Bonsai – Repotting

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Just finished re-potting a Ficus microcarpa (retusa?) bonsai this morning. It was quite easy to take it out of the pot and it did not have too many roots. Few roots but they are very long, so I trimmed them shorter.  More images

Beringin Pencekik – Ficus watkinsiana

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Semuanya bermula pada sebuah biji beringin jenis Ficus watkinsiana yang disebarkan oleh kotoran burung. Biji yang tidak tercerna ini jatuh pada lekukan dahan sebuah pohon besar di hutan yang kemudian mulai tumbuh. Sedikit demi sedikit beringin ini mulai tumbuh batang dan daunnya. Namun yang jauh lebih cepat tumbuh adalah akarnya. Akar-akar ini menumbuhkan banyak cabang dan semuanya tumbuh menempel pada batang pohon yang ditumpanginya dan menjulur kebawah kearah tanah. Yang sudah menyentuh permukaan tanah akan menanamkan diri untuk bisa menghisap air dan nutrisi tanah hutan yang lembab dan subur.

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Bola-Bola Landak

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Bukan daging landak benaran lho! Bola-bola Landak atau yang populer disebut Porcupine Meatballs adalah hidangan yang mudah dan praktis sekali membuatnya. Amat populer dikalangan anak-anak dan orang dewasapun suka. Daging sapi cincang yang dicampur dengan beras dan dibentuk bola-bola dan setelah matang berasnya akan menonjol dipermukaan sehingga di-asosiasikan dengan landak. Sampai sekarang setelah anak dewasa dan tidak tinggal bersama kami lagi, hidangan ini masih sering muncul. Biasanya dihidangkan dengan kentang goreng dan sayuran rebus. Tak perlu pakai nasi karena sudah memakai beras. Kalau mau pedas bisa dimakan dengan sambal botol favorit anda! Ini resepnya

Kaempferia galanga / Kencur – Late Growing

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The cooler than average Spring time this year had made the Kaempferia galanga (Kencur plant) grow much later. Last year it started to grow new leaves in early November, but this year it is just growing new shoots now by the end of December. The sudden hot and humid days recently had made it grow like crazy with more new growths than before. Hopefully that next autumn will be warm enough to make the rhizome mature before the plant lost foliage for winter time. They say that it will take around 7 months for the rhizome to mature.

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Begonia rex – Tiny Flowers

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Rex Begonias are planted mainly for the pretty and colourful foliage rather than their small insignificant flowers. The leaves are big with all sorts of patterns and colours that look like they are painted on. This tropical plant which is also known as Painted-leaf Begonia will be happy to be grown indoor near a brightly lit window here in Melbourne. It is also suitable to grow inside a terrarium. Read more

Garden Early Summer 2016

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I really enjoyed much cooler weather during last Spring. Up until now in the early Summer, we are still having this pleasant temperature, but it is not so good for some tropical plants like for examples the Kencur Galangal (Kaempferia galanga) and the Arabian Jasmine (Melati). The Galangal plant has only sent off a tiny new shoot so far and the Arabian Jasmine looks scraggly and very few flower buds. Hopefully the temperatures will get warmer to their advantage.

So much to do in the garden, the weeds are growing like crazy. I still have many plants to trim to look tidy for the Christmas time. Lawn needs mowing, but I will do it some time next week, depending on the weather.

The Gardenias in the back of the house are having many large blooms and the sweet fragrance fills the air. Many plants are still in full bloom and these are some of them:

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