appearance

During our mission trip to the interior of Sabah in early October I took pictures of some of the plants growing in the compound of the church where we were staying. I spotted this plant which I had never encountered before with very interesting looking berries and leaves, and cute little red flowers. After the…

golden shower and love beetles

The golden shower trees (Cassia Fistula) are very common here in Malaysia (the plant is native to India and Southeast Asia) and when they bloom with the whole tree full of yellow flowers it is a beautiful sight. I was fortunate enough to get up close and personal with the flowers at my eye level…

the crown

These crown flowers draw me to a scripture verse from one of my favourite books… James 1:12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

colours and fragrance

I visited a friend’s garden yesterday and when I went round the back of the house and was greeted by this amazing plant trained on an arch and blooming profusely with scented pink and red flowers mixed with white buds, I was absolutely in awe! I stood still for a while and was just taking…

chartreuse

I learned a new word today — chartreuse (/ʃɑːˈtrɜːz/, UK version), a colour halfway between green and yellow. When I looked at the pictures of the dendrobium orchids with purple lip that I took at dad’s garden some time ago, I knew I just couldn’t call them yellow orchids because the shade of yellow does…

rare oncidium

I find Oncidium very delightful. Their ruffled yellow lip really do make them look like ladies in full dancing skirts and they are really pleasing to the eyes. In the past few weeks I spotted two pots of very unusual Oncidium, one in dad’s small orchid garden and one at friend David’s. From dad’s garden:…

warmth and happiness!

Sunflowers are such cheerful flowers! Every time when I look at them my mood is instantly lifted and I just can’t help feeling joyful! If I were a flower… I would be a sunflower. To always follow the sun, turn my back to darkness, Stand proud, tall and straight even with my head full of…