Zygopetalum Hollandra ‘Ever Springs’

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This orchid was bought almost 2 years ago and it is now blooming for the first time under my care.

Just a quick note about this hybrid:

  • The name Zygopetalum Hollandra ‘Ever Springs’ is written on the tag, not sure if it is the correct name.
  • The plant is smaller both the foliage and flowers.
  • Few flowers grow on short main stem.
  • Not prone to black spotting of the leaves.
  • The flowers are less fragrant.




Den nobile – Mystery Revealed


Dendrobium nobile flowers October 07-2018

Back in early December 2013, this Dendrobium nobile plant was given to us as a mystery bonus when we bought Sarcochilus orchids. While all the Sarcochilus plants died of scale infestation, the young Den nobile survives. To continue

Dendrobium nobile – Flower Buds

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Dendrobium nobile flower buds

Finally, after a long wait, the spikes have revealed their small flower buds. They are green with splash of red. Still cannot imagine what the flowers will look like, green can turn into white. There will be four canes with blooms. I have applied a weak solution of orchid fertiliser for flowering season. It seems that this Dendrobium that I have knows exactly where to grow flowers and where to grow new growths. All the flowers are correctly growing along the canes while the new growths for future canes are growing from the bottom. I saw other people had keikis instead of flowers.


Camellia japonica ‘Helenor’

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Camellia japonica Helenor - very pretty bloom

One of plants in my son’s garden is this old camellia tree. I call it a tree because it has grown quite tall around 3 meters+ high. It used to be more rounded before, but my son cut many side trunks in order to have more open driveway. The main trunk is almost covered with timber planks and other stuff as the house is still under renovation, but yet it is still blooming quite nicely.  More

Blueberry Plant

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Blueberry foliage and flowers August 19-2018.jpg

I just bought a small blueberry plant yesterday to grow in my son’s backyard. Though still a young plant, the bare branches have already had some flowers. To read more

Blooming Orchids 2018

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Some of the Cymbidium flower buds have opened, so have with Zygopetalum orchids.


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Fragrant Winter Blooms

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These wonderful plants are from my son’s garden. Along the fence in the front yard grow quite a few of plants and three of them are blooming now in winter. I always fond of winter flowering plants especially if they are fragrance. These are the three wonderful plants that come to our surprise:

Daphne odora:

Daphne is very popular and well liked because of the perfumed flowers, but many people say that it is not easy to grow. This evergreen and low growing winter Daphne bush grows well in my son’s garden under the shade of a bottle-brush tree. It is really exiting to see this plant and to be able to enjoy the heavenly scent. Daphne hates lime and will grow well in more acidic soil that is rich in humus. To read more

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