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Wednesday, 27 October 2021
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Volume 41
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Volume 41
Garden Flora & Fauna

The Golden Showers

Image Senna spectabilis, better known by the vernacular names of Drooping Cassia and Crown of Gold Tree is native to North America (Mexico), Central and South America (Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Paraguay and Peru), where it grows in the forests up to 20 m of altitude. Senna is the Latin form of an Arabic word for a thorny bush, while its species name spectabilis is Latin for ‘worth seeing’.


Feature Garden

An Island Resort Garden

Feature GardenA quiet weekend in a resort in the island of Langkawi not only rested the body and mind but also awakens the intrinsic artistic nature in you. It is subtly done as one gets settled in a house depicting a typical wooden house from a certain state in Malaysia. You then realised that the other five houses have different architectural forms, which naturally awakens your curiosity. That is Seri Chenang Resort and Spa, an exclusive resort in the Chenang beach area, Langkawi.

Garden Gallery

The OMORA Ethnobotanical Park  – The Southernmost Garden of the World

Garden GalleryA trip to the end of the world will bring amazing discoveries and one does not wonder why the earlier explorers were fascinated by the Patagonia region and the Antarctica. If on the way to Antarctica, a stopover in Puerto Williams, on the island Navarino is recommended where botanists, environmentalists and garden enthusiasts will discover the wonders of nature, even in such cold climate region.

Speaking of Gardens & Parks

The Gardens of Patagonia

Speaking of GardensThe southern end of South America shared by Argentina and Chile is known as the Patagonia region, named so from the word patagon used by Magellan to describe the natives, when he explored the region in 1520. The region stretches from the southern section of the Andes mountain range in the southwest to the Pacific Ocean. In the east it stretches from the mountain range to Carmen de Patagones in the Atlantic Ocean. In the west the region also include the Tierra del Fuego archipelago and Cape Horn.

Garden Science

How Plants Are Named

Eichhornia crassipes is a free floating aquatic weed which is highly invasive, and reportedly has invaded freshwater systems in over 50 countries in 5 continents. It is a fast-growing aquatic plant that is very closely related to anchored Water Hyacinth (Eichhornia azurea). Due to its fast-growing, persistent and invasive characteristics, some countries such as Australia have subsequently designated this species as prohibited imports.

Garden Wise

Planting Roses

Roses come in a tremendous number of varieties making them a wonderful choice for your garden. It is one of the most popular flowers in the world especially among home gardeners due to their allure and deep symbolism. Are you considering growing roses in your garden? Is this your first time? Or perhaps this is your second attempt? Many people feel that there is a mystery to roses, or that they are difficult to grow. They are not, but you do need to make sure that the roses that you choose to grow are the right type for your garden.
Kitchen Garden

Plant Breadfruit

Artocarpus altilis or in English, breadfruit, belongs to the Moraceae or mulberry family. The genus name is derived from Greek word artos, meaning bread, and karpos, meaning fruit. The  species name altilis means ‘fat’. Endemic to South East Asia, it is also grown in most Pacific Ocean Islands and in Africa.

Young Gardener

Wayside Trees – Acacia mangium

Have you ever noticed a particularly large tree randomly growing in areas, especially open areas or roadside looking like it was not meant to be there? The tree is most likely a wattle. Wattles, of the species growing in humid tropical lowlands of Asia grow extremely vigorously, tolerating acidic and low nutrient soils. It propagates easily from the seeds and hence we see them growing everywhere and they will grow big and tall if not cleared.
Herbal Corner

Clinacanthus nutans

Locally known Belalai Gajah, Hempedu Ular or Sabah Snake Grass in Malaysia, You Xun Cao in Mandarin and Phaya-Yor in Thailand, this herb grows well in tropical countries and was widely used in folk medicine. It is a low-growing shrub that has round stem and long leaves, thus making it convenient to propagate. In Thailand this plant is used as a healing herb to treat poisonous snakebites and herpes infection. 



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