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Tanaman Andromeda Jepang

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Japanese Andromeda atau Andromeda Jepang adalah tanaman perdu kecil yang berasal dari negeri Sakura (Jepang). Nama ilmiahnya adalah Pieris japonica. Bunganya yang kecil merantai dan merunduk kebawah berbentuk seperti lampion. Disaat tidak berbunga pucuk daunnya yang baru sering berwarna kemerahan. Bunganya banyak yang berwarna putih tapi ada juga yang semburat merah muda. Baca selengkapnya

Golden Diosma

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Golden Diosma

Golden Diosma (Coleonema pulchellum/pulchrum ‘Aurea’) is a low growing shrub that love cool climate. This pretty plant with fragrant fine leaves will get scorched and susceptible to fungal disease in very hot and humid summer over 32 deg. C. In winter time to early spring, it will bear many tiny flowers that can cover the whole plant. Read more

Reshaping Port Wine Magnolia

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Michelia figo - Port Wine Magnolia shorter new look.

Michelia figo – Port Wine Magnolia shorter new look.

Note January 18, 2015.

The Port Wine Magnolia aka. Michelia figo was getting taller, it almost reached the eaves. It was harder for me to reach the top when I had to trim it. Yesterday I cut the two-tier topiary shorter. More

Loropetalum chinense

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Macro - Loropetalum chinense

Close up Loropetalum chinense flowers. Wind blown pollens are visible on the young leaves.

This evergreen shrub has colourful foliage and the attractive small spidery flowers will bloom from late Winter to Summer. It can grow up to 2 meters high and 1.5 meters wide. Suitable for sunny or partly shaded area of the garden that free of lime and can happily grow in clay soil. Can be pruned lightly after flowering to maintain compact shape.

Loropetalum chinense is also commonly known as Chinese Fringe Flower or Chinese Witch-hazel. Other known botanic names are: Loropetalum indicum, Hamamelis chinensis.  Native to  Himalayas, China and Japan. Once established, it is heat and draught tolerant. The plant will tolerate cold weather down to – 5 deg. C.

The one that we grow is still small. We transplanted it last year to a more suitable place. I thought it was going to die, but it is a tough plant and it survives. The small unusual flowers look good in photographs.

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Loropetalum chinense (2)

Kiss Me Quick…. Brunfelsia australis

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When I bought this plant, the seller in Caribbean market told me that the name of the plant was ‘Yesterday-Today -Tomorrow’ and other people called it ‘Kiss Me Quick’. He was such a jolly old guy with his thick Italian accent, and at that time I thought he was joking about the descriptions of the plant. He said: “The flowers changed colour….. yesterday was purple, today is light blue and tomorrow… white. Many flowers and smell very nice.” I had never heard such a thing at all! Flowers would not changed colour like that!

Anyway, I bought one pot of the unusual plant. At home, before planting, I googled it to get informations. To my surprise, the old fellow was not kidding! He told the true facts about the plant.

These are the informations about the plant that I gathered from various sites:

  • Botanic name: Brunfelsia australis/B. bonodora/B. latifolia. There are 30 known different species of Brunfelsia.
  • Common name: Yesterday-Today-Tomorrow, Kiss Me Quick.
  • Plant origin: Tropical parts of America (South America).
  • Evergreen and will grow up to around 4 m. high and about 2 m. wide.
  • Grow well in warmer climate, Zone 9b – 12.
  • Need rich soil, medium water and sunny position.
  • Masses of sweet smelling flowers in spring that are purple when first open, change into light blue the next day and fade to white.
  • Dense foliage, shiny medium green in colour. Young leaves are purple in colder weather.
  • Though rarely develop, the brown berries are poisonous to dogs.
  • Suitable for borders and hedging.

I am really glad to buy this plant. It seems that it is happily growing in the front yard next to the Port Wine Magnolia. Now it is flowering and the beautiful scent is similar to jasmine flowers.

Kiss me quick….. kind of reminds me of a very popular old song by Elvis Presley.  This is a Youtube link to listen to the song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRhTUJLXnBc

Michelia yunnanensis ‘Scented Pearl’

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Michelia yunnanensis ‘Scented Pearl’ and Mirid Bugs

What I like most of this Michelia yunnanensis ‘Scented Pearl’ is the small size. It is perfect for a small garden or a small courtyard. Michelia yunnanensis is an evergreen shrub/small tree from Yunnan and surrounding area in China. It is hardy and respond well to trimming and shaping. The Scented Pearl sp. has pure white flowers as big as a 50 cent coin, while another species has yellow blooms. The sweet scent is very delicate. The hairy flower buds have an attractive copper colour.

We have had this plant for many years and it is only about one and half meter high. It has a habit of having horizontal branches, and I always trim them to make the plant grow rounder and compact. This is spring time here in Melbourne now and it has exceptionally outstanding flowers – so many flowers, the best as long I can remember. Among the leaves and flowers, I saw quite a few of bugs breeding ( I think they are some kind of stink  mirid bugs). I leave them alone and I just hope they will not do damage later on.

Michelia yunnanensis ‘Scented Pearl’

‘Scented Pearl’ – Michelia yunnanensis

 

Murraya paniculata (Kemuning)

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Another fragrant white flower is Murraya paniculata. Some people call it Orange Jasmine or mock orange and it is the close relative of Murraya koenigii  the curry leaf tree that is used in Indian cooking. In Indonesia people call it ‘kemuning’ and there is a very popular song about the flower. I always think that most of the beautiful scented flowers are pure white in colour like for example jasmine, gardenia, tuberose and stephanotis.

We have two murrayas grown in the garden, one in the front yard and the other one in the back yard. It is very easy to grow here in Melbourne as we have quite warm temperate climate. I grow them mostly for the delicate sweet scent, but when not in flower, this evergreen little bush can add colour during cold and dull winter days with its pretty green foliage. Naturally grows in compact shape, Murraya paniculata respond well to pruning and trimming. Some people use this plant for hedging.

About the plant:

  • Tropical evergreen rounded shrub that can grow up to 3m high or more.
  • Native to South, Southeast Asia, China and Australasia.
  • Sweet scented white flowers which produce fleshy small red-orange fruits.
  • Very easy to grow in warmer climate, tolerate wide range of garden soil conditions.
  • Mulch and apply manure and compost for better flower.
  • Spray the plant with white oil for sooty mould and scale problems.
  • Traditional medicinal use of leaves, barks and roots as analgesic, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal.

There is a love song ‘Kemuning’, an old Indonesian song but still well loved. This version was sung by Mus Mulyadi:

Links to read my previous blogs on Fragrant White Flowers:

https://kiyanti2008.wordpress.com/2009/11/09/gardenia/

https://kiyanti2008.wordpress.com/2008/09/12/tuberose/

https://kiyanti2008.wordpress.com/2008/09/01/jasmine-flower/

 

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