Saturday, 21 May 2011


Learning to take close up photos of various plants and weeds around the house.











Learnt a few things about photography. Manual focus produced better result. Aperture priority to control depth of field (DOF). Some of the things small, when magnified are beautiful!

Dutch Sonatini 'Flamingo'

Rather fortunate that Royal Colors offered for sale several varieties of dutch Sonatini. I purchase a mix-variety 5 bulbs pack. They are small bulbs.

As of today, 3 bulbs have bloomed, 'Lollipop' the first, followed by 'Alasca'.

'Flamingo' bloomed but not in full, which, I believe is due to a stressed bulb. The bloomis small, around 2 inches wide and has a thin-picotee. It falls into a cute category :-)



Sunday, 1 May 2011

Again, it is my birthday today :-)

A year older ... it is my birthday again today :-)

A few pictures from my yard

Sweet Lilian, on its 2nd day blooming, looks prettier

Sweet Lilian

I notice, the dots are more pronounced on the petals and at the back of the petals
Sweet Lilian

Swwt Lilian

H Roseum, it is a special bloom because the bulbs I dag from my parents' house about3 years back. It is first time blooming



And a few more pictures

A surprise orchid bloom that my wife found hidden yesterday, smells nice :-)

Daily bloomers from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily

That's all for today, happy birthday to me :-)

Friday, 29 April 2011

Alasca, a sonatini white double

Here is dutch sonatini double, Alasca


The tip of the petals has a trace of red lining ...

After a long day's work, nothing beat the feeling of seeing a surprise bloom.

Sweet Lilian, a gift from a dear friend, surprised me with a bloom. I got this bulb late 2009, and the last boom was in Dec 2009, and 16 months later, in Apr 2011, I can see it blooming again.


Still as beautiful as before, and, after growing in this hot and humid tropics,the red stripes and veining are less pronounced.

Here is the picture of the bloom in 2009.
Sweet Lilian


Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Varied varieties

Finding it rather tough finding time to write any updates to this blog.

Enjoy a few photoshots ...

Probably the bunchiest of them all ... 'Double Dream', a view from the top
Double Dream

Not to be outdone, 'Tosca', with 8 blooms from one scape

The remaining, still attractive in its own way, starting with 'Exotic Star', with 2 blooms per scape, make it even more exotic and desirable
Exotic Star

'Temptation', the name itself make you to want one

'Flamenco Queen' a deserving name
Flamenco Queen

The green trumpet that has no name yet.
Green Trumpet

'Melfi' so elegant and classic

And lastly, and still in bloom today, 'Lollypop'
Pink Rascal

... the end

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Gong Xi Fa Chai!

To all my friends celebrating the Lunar New Year today, wishing you Gong Xi Fa Chai!


Friday, 21 January 2011


'Blossom Peacock'
Blossom Peacock

'Mrs Garfield'
Mrs Garfield

Cybister 'Tiramisu'

Cybister 'Melfi'


Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Latest arrival!

My own hybrid :-)

Just to announce the arrival of my new baby girl. We have not decided on her name yet.

She was born at 10:20pm, on July the 11th. Both the mother and the baby are in good health

Welcome to the world my little princess. You will have a great time ahead!


To Mr Laurier Nappert, may he rest in peace

Just received an e-mail that an Amaryllis friend residing in Canada passed away on 2nd May 2010.

To Mr Laurier Nappert, may you rest in peace. You had created beautiful amaryllises and had made the impossible possible.