Monday, December 15, 2008

Bloomsday Monday in December

Malay apple (pommerac or french cashew) in bloom

vanda orchid
starburst clerodendrum (clerodendrum quadriloculare)
Crinum Xanthophyllum aka golden crinums
snow on the mountain ( Euphorbia leucocephala )

T'is the season to be jolly !

My garden is ablaze with the colours of christmas. It has been raining somewhat at nights (liquid snow) lol and am soo happy that I do not have to water the garden. I decided to get a real pine tree and should have that up by tomorrow Tuesday Dec 16th. I am soo tired and will try to get a good night's sleep. What am I talking about ? Sleep ??? with so much to do? Ha!


  1. Great photos! I love the Malay Apple and its flowers always make me smile. It's so cheery looking.
    You've mounted the Vanda on to the coconut palm! It looks great. I must try doing that with one of my Vandas.

  2. Thank you Sunita, I just love the Malay apple blooms. The coconut palm stump is great for vandas however they do rot and soon I have to find another piece of wood for it.

  3. Your garden is a paradise! So many lovely blooms - many of them completely new to me. Like the Malay Apple - awesome!


  4. The vanda orchids pictured in this post are spectacular. the most beautiful ive ever seen, what variety are they? Merry christmas.x

  5. Merry Christmas to you, Helen!

    WHERE can I buy a 'golden crinum'? I MUST have one! I am a lily nut, and I don't have this!

    I live in Texas, on the coast, and many of your flowers flourish for us as well. The 'fuzzy wuzzy' is a native here- we call it 'fairy duster'. The 'Barbados bachelor buttons' are called 'Brazilian buttons' here, and though they are not natives, they are among my favorites. They reseed generously, and are really nice at a time of the year when nothing else is blooming much. They bloom all year!

    I am not familiar with the 'starburst cleradendron', but I grow many other varieties of cleradendron. I will have to be on the lookout for this one. Gingers are also staples in our gardens, and the butterfly ginger is especially wonderful because of the fantastic fragrance that surrounds it.

    What zone are you? What kind of soil do you have? You mention your gratitude for the rain, and I was surprised. I was thinking you were almost a rain forest, for some reason. How much rain do you get in a year?

    I am enjoying your blog. Thank you for visiting mine.


  6. Thank you Janie for stopping by. I am in the Caribbean and my zone will be like 10-11 something like the Florida Keys. We have a clay soil mixed with limestone and not very deep. A real pain when it is too wet and can kill a man when it is bone dry. lol Oh oh you sound like me when I see a plant that I must have Try Logees greenhouse or Top tropicals for the golden crinums.

  7. starburst clerodendrum (clerodendrum quadriloculare) is so beautiful. Here in the Philippines it blooms every December to Late March.

  8. Wow,your garden is so beautiful. It paid for having such a hard work. I like the Crinum Xanthophyllum, even with its tricky foliage it looks healthy. What makes you choose it for your garden?

    1. Hello Christine, the golden crinum grows very easily in the Caribbean and I love the burst of sunshine it gives the garden. Thank you for stopping by.


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