September Garden Images

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In the last few days Melbourne was back to cold and wet again. I don’t really mind the rains at all but plueese…. not cold again! Yesterday I started to spread some mulch on the garden bed, but I had to stop because of the rain.

Today is still cold but the sun is shining brightly, so after lunch I plan to finish doing the mulching. Hopefully, the weather will not change suddenly. You can expect this here in Melbourne… four seasons in a day. Ha….

Spring flowers have started to bloom, but I noticed many plants are still not in flower. I think they are a bit confused and think that it is still winter. I took some photos of the flowers this morning:o)

It is midday now and soon after posting this, I am going to make lunch and in the afternoon I will be busy in the garden. Glad that I have mowed the grass few days ago when it was reasonably dry. Weeds grow like crazy on drenched spring days, so I have to be quick to get rid of them for good.

For those who also plan to spend some time in the garden, I wish all of you:

Happy Gardening!!



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Seandainya kaca bisa berbicara
Apakah katanya?
Kecantikan paras muka?
Ataukah hati nurani anda?
Wajah dikaca tidaklah buta
Ia bisa melihat semuanya
Kebahagiaan dan duka cita
Ketulusan atau dusta
Diliku-liku sanubari
Terpahat banyak cerita
Dari muka itulah
Sang kaca melihat semuanya
If a mirror could talk
What does it say?
Is it your beauty?
Or is it your deepest thought?
The face on the mirror is not blind
It can see them all
Happiness and sadness
Sincerity or lies
In the alleys of your mind
It prints many stories
From that very face
The mirror sees them all

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May 06, 2009

Rhipsalis platycarpa Flower

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At last! After waiting for more than 2 months, few flower buds  of our Rhipsalis platycarpa (Mistletoe cactus)  have finally opened. Just as I thought, the flowers are small and dainty and the colour is pure white.

Here are the pictures of the flowers:

Flowers of Rhipsalis Platycarpa

So far, it is only very few flower buds open. I can’t wait till many more open and then I will post more photos.

Photo added on September 26, 2010:


A little bit on Footy:

Collingwood Magpies are going to the GRAND FINAL against St. Kilda Saints this weekend for this year’s AFL Premiership Season………………

Good Luck Magpies! You’re Going To Win

 this Year… :o)

My Mother-in-Law’s Tongue

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Mother-in-Law’s tongue aka snake plant, sword plant or Sansevieria trifasciata is a name of a plant with thick and stiff attractive foliage. I think it is some kind of succulent as they hold a lot of moisture. The cultivars that are available in markets are the variegated Sanseviera trifasciata such as S. ‘Hahnii’, S. ‘Laurentii’.  S. ‘Compacta’, S. ‘Goldiana’ etc. Some are long sword like, and others are dwarf.

It is said that these plants are native to Africa such as Zaire, Congo or Nigeria. As tropical plants, mother-in-law’s tongue thrives in warm to hot climate and can be kept as in-door plants. Place the plant near a sunny window as it needs good sunlight to grow well.

We have S. ‘Laurentii’ which has long variegated foliage and the other one is S. ‘Hahnii’ which is a dwarf variety. In the place where I bought these plants, I saw a sign telling people that they should not over water. I was a bit surprise as I remember many years ago that these plants grew wildly all along the edge of a smelly and dirty creek behind my auntie’s place in Central Java. They grew and flower well there so close to the water. Now, here in Australia they told me not to over water! But I guess, in the tropics the plant may tolerate soggy condition.

During my younger years, my family never grew these plants in Indonesia. Somehow they reminded us of the dirty and stinky stagnant creek. Ha, ha! Here in Australia, Sansevieria has been popular in the last few years. It is considered as a modern plant that suits modern landscapes and decors. It is tough, easy to grow both outdoor and indoor, either in gardens or in containers. Though people grow mother in law’s tongue mainly for the beautiful foliage, but it also has quite nice flowers, long spike of little white or greenish white blooms.

  • Sansevieria trifasciata – common names: mother in law’s tongue, snake plant or sword plant
  • Tropical plant – tolerate heat and semi tropical climate.
  • Can be grown in the garden in warmer climate or in pots outdoor or indoor (prefer sunny window position).
  • Moderate watering, keep on the dry side during winter.
  • Rich and well drain soil.
  • Liquid fertilizer during warmer months.
  • Best propagation by division.
  • Purifies indoor air.

Update Nov.18, 2013:

These are the two plants today / three years later:

Sanseviera laurentii

Sanseviera hahnii