Friday, 19 June 2015

Double Red Hibiscus

I love flowers that are vivid in colors.  I have a few species of hibiscus at home but I love the multi layered ones.  These double red hibiscus are beautiful and bloom throughout the year.  The more I prune the tall shrubs , the more blooms I get.  A sight to behold every morning !  It takes very little to make me happy.  I understand that red hibiscus contains antioxidants called anthocyanin which cause the red coloring of hibiscus flowers, as well as berries and red wine. And they have medicinal values too. I still have a lot to learn of this hibiscus plants but I know I am in love with it.  Will be looking for more beautiful species in the near future.  But SPACE is what I need at the moment.  Vertical gardening ?   Yea...maybe I should look into occupying my flat roof for roof gardening :)

When hibiscus are in their blooming stage, they require large amounts of water. Your hibiscus will need daily watering in warm weather . Once the weather cools, hibiscus needs less water. Good drainage is important.  A growing hibiscus plant needs lots of nutrients in order to bloom well.  I give them liquid Fish Amino Acid once a month and fertiliser with high potassium for plenty of blooms twice a month.

love the  double red hibiscus

beautiful blooms

Have a wonderful day!

Parenting Cares And Supplies - Ensogo!

Shopping online has make buying much easier.  My girl first introduced me to shopping online  a few years ago and since then I have been buying my cookbook from online book websites. I love shopping online...safer and easier as we just have to click away seated in front of the computer :)  Recently I came across Ensogo which is another online shopping website which caters to parents and caregivers. They have great deals and home appliances will appeal to many homemakers with their best buy and all. Wow....another online shopping website to add to my list of shopping websites :p  WB will be worried when the credit card statement comes :)

Ensogo is the one stop-shopping destination to source and purchase great quality deals for parents and caregivers. Products vary from kids educational toys, baby essentials, kids apparels and many more.

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Do check it out and you will surely enjoy the products available and their affordable prices.

Have a great day shopping online :)

Monday, 1 June 2015

Rangoon Creeper / Quisqualis Indica (Latin )

Rangoon Creeper given to me by my ex colleague Nancy.  I was first introduced to this fragrant creeper also known Latin as Quisqualis  indica  which means " What is this " .  As a young plant, it resembles a shrub but gradually matures into a vine.  Rangoon creeper vine is a woody climbing liana with green to yellow-green lance shaped leaves.  The stems have fine yellow hairs with occasional spines forming on the branches and blooms white at onset and gradually darkens to pink, then red as it reaches maturity. The  4-5 inch star shaped aromatic blossoms are clustered together and it gives out a fragrance which is most striking at night and early morning.  Grows well in tropical countries.

This creeper creeps upwards in search of the sun.  In home garden, Quisqualis can be used as an ornamental over arbors or gazebos, on trellises or over a how I like it to grow over house front wall :)   I have one grown in container and with some supportive structure, hopefully it will arch and form large masses of foliage. The vine can be propagated from cuttings.

Care:  It requires full sun to partial shade. This creeper survives in a variety of soil conditons provided they are well draining and is pH adaptable.  Needs regular watering and full sun with afternoon shade.  Avoids fertilizers that are high in nitrogen, they will only encourage foliage growth. 

Note on Fertilizer for Rangoon Creeper

The major three elements are Nitrogen, Phosphorus & Potassium), the secondary elements are calcium, sulfur, magnesium, and other elements are boron, manganese, iron, zinc, copper and molybdenum. When you are picking out a fertilizer for flowers, you don't want anything that is high in nitrogen. Your focus should be something high in phosphorus and potassium. 

N = Nitrogen 
Nitrogen is the first major element responsible for the vegetative growth of plants above ground. With a good supply, plants grow sturdily and mature rapidly, with rich, dark green foliage. 

P = Phosphorus
The second major element in plant nutrition, phosphorus is essential for healthy growth, strong roots, fruit and flower development, and greater resistance to disease. 
K = Potassium (Potash) The third major plant nutrient, potassium oxide is essential for the development of strong plants. It helps plants to resist diseases, protects them from the cold and protects during dry weather by preventing excessive water loss. 

*In brief, when you are picking out a fertilizer for flowers, the focus should be something high in [P] phosphorus.

I love the fragrance

I let it hang over my garden wall.....and I hope that it will grow and flourish well
my Quisqualis Indica is my second love after Mandevilla  :)

Enjoy  !

Music Stuff - Random Post

I know nothing much about musical instruments.   My kids are well versed with all the musical instruments..and they are musically talented too.  I sent them for music lessons and they are exposed to musical concerts and performances, especially brass concerts . They know all the brass instruments. The other day, WB's friend Joe wanted to get some woodwind ligatures for his band. I refer him to my son.  Now I was wondering what is it for and google for it and found out that if you want to keep your woodwind instrument in top condition and sounding its enhance the woodwind insturment's response, balance and tonal presence.  Mmmmm...sounds great. I hope Joe will be able to get the woodwind ligature he needed and Josh is able to help him to search for a good site to purchase it.