“dragon spitting fire ball”

Clerodendrum thomsoniae Common names: bleeding heart vine, glory bower I first came across the Chinese common name of these flowers in my primary school science text book and due to it’s uniqueness, the name had made a deep impression on me.  My close encounter with these flowers named “dragon spitting ball” (龙吐珠) came only very…

orchids, raindrops and gentle breeze

My love of orchids is a well know fact among my friends. I love these extraordinary flora for their beauty, elegance, nobility and fragrance just to name a few.  I find them more captivating than ever when they have raindrops on their petals after the rain and in an environment enhanced by cooler and fresher…

delightful discovery

I always find the pitcher plant very interesting as the pitchers are formed at the end of a tendril extended from the tip of the leaf. Can you imagine when every leaf bears a pitcher?  Amazing plant, isn’t it? I discovered something new the other day — pitcher plant flowers!  I did not know pitcher…

family values

This elephant family sure can teach us a thing or two on family values — Family value one: encourage and help one another, and no one gets left behind   Family value 2: one of the best gifts parents can give to their children is a good example, so lead by example   Family value…