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Cutting Back

By Stephanie
Would a tulip flourishes here? Nope, but the Siam Tulip does :-D 

The stalk of inflorescence below that emerged from the pot of Siam Tulips in my garden has developed fully this week. The formation of bright purplish-pink top bracts does resemble the real tulip. And there are tiny white and purple flowers that popped up randomly from the pockets of the lower bracts. It is fun to make a guess which pocket will have a flower showing next!

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My Maranta leuconeura var. erythroneura sent out a few flowers on a long stem. The flower below is one of them. It's really tiny -- can you see it?
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Inside my house, in one of the terrariums, I noticed that a patch of yellow stain on the white-crushed gravels seems to have turned darker by the weeks. Probably not a good idea to use these kind of crushed gravels as part the decor items in a terrarium. Also, one cactus seems to be growing into a funny shape. Can you spot it? It is the one in front, on the right hand side of the sphere-shaped terrarium below...

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Few months ago, I was given two cuttings of the Alternanthera with variegated leaves. Glad they rooted easily and flourished quickly...
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I have enjoyed looking at the little bush from the top each time I passed by it. Anyway, growing Alternanthera shrubs give me a lot of satisfaction. They not only bring colours to the garden, they are easy to care for and have pretty foliage.
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The other Alternanthera plants that are in the garden are more colourful. This particular one looks red all the time...
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But this Alternanthera variety has more green than red...

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This week, my Episcia bloomed again. Look at these red blooms... cute :-)
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Copper leaf plant (Chrysothemis pulchella) is another plant that gives me a lot of delight. Love the bright yellow flowers and the fact that the plant never fails to bounce back from dehydration. It also blooms reliably!
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I spotted an umbel of white Plumbago flowers early one morning. The blooms look sweet when the sunlight is less intense -- isn't it?
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I cut back a number of plants and got rid of the weeds in the pots. The Nepenthes sp. below however was not pruned as I thought that the vine still look good.
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I discarded three bagfuls of foliage. Still, there are more plants that need pruning, so to be continued...  Meanwhile, you have a great day!

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