Sunday, 13 December 2009

Blooming hippeas, part 1

Struggling to find the time to update this blog.

Anyway, here is the first set of many :-)

Hippeastrum Sweet Lilian. Love the colour and the shape. Got the bulb as a trade from a hippea friend in Virginia, USA. Thanks a lot Pax!

Sweet Lilian

Sweet Lilian

With the Red Retic
Sweet Lilian, Red Retic


Friday, 20 November 2009

H Reticulatum var Stratifolium 'Bangkok Rose'

Lack of info on its name, I will just call this H. Red Reticulatum :-).

Purchased it off e-Bay from Thailand in May 2009, about 6 months ago and now I finally get to see its blooms. It has variegated leaves similar to Mrs Garfield. The blooms, however, is similar to the species H Reticulatum var Stratifolium. The blooms is small, less than 3 inches in diameter

The flower, the reticulation, the picotee and the white pollens
Red Reticulatum

Side view
Red Reticulatum

Spreading its wings ...
Red Reticulatum

And now, comparison with Mrs Garfield

The front view
Red Reticulatum, Mrs Garfield

The back view
Mrs Garfield, Red Reticulatum

And the leaves
Red Reticulatum, Mrs Garfield

Everything is about half Mrs Garfield's size :-)

Saturday, 7 November 2009

H Razzmatazz' rebloom

Purchased from CH just over one year ago, and has rebloomed a few months after me cutting its foliage.

At this lowland, the bloom is smaller, petals have less red, with more pronounced veins and dots.

H Razzmatazz

When it bloomed last year, at the highland, it was like this :-)
H Razzmatazz

Sunday, 27 September 2009

Happy 1st Birthday, Marissa Aisyah!

My third child, born premature by 6 weeks, on 15 Sep 2008, during Ramadhan of 2009.

Now she is 1 year old ....

The birthday celebration was postponed to 27th September because we were busy preparing for Balik Kampung for Raya.

Here are a few pictures

AIsyah's Birthday

Aisyah's Birthday

Monday, 7 September 2009

Happy Birthday Meryam, part 2


Nickname : Meryam

Likes : Play slides, play with her barbie dolls

Dislikes : Eat vegetables,

Favourite food : Ikan pedas (recipee by Ummi)

Favourite Drink
: Drink milk from the bottle

Best friend : Adeeb, Nurina

Favourite toy : Barbie dolls

Favourite Movie : Barbie


Monday, 31 August 2009

Happy Birtday, Meryam Halimah

Tanggal 31, bulan 8, 2003 ... Meryam was born at Hospital UKM.

Meryam is my first child, and she was born in the early hours of the Merdeka Day. The name is also special becoz 'Meryam Halimah' is taken from the name of her grandmathers (Meryam is my mother-in-law's and Halimah is my mother's).

Here are some photos on her 6th birthday celebration.

The cake, an ice cream cake from Baskin & Robbins
Meryam's Birthday Cake

Blowing the candles, her younger brother, Hazem, was also blowing the candles, much to her displeasure. As a result, we had to light the candles twice.
Meryam's Birthday

The three siblings waiting to cut and taste the cake.
Meryam's Birthday

The birthday present, from her mother.
Meryam's Birthday Present 1

Her birthday wish was to have a barbie wristwatch ... and she got it! It is original, by the way, comes with the special box.
Meryam's Birthday Present 2

Meryam's Birthday Present 2

Sunday, 30 August 2009

My Amaryllis picture is used by a US company for its online business

I know I have been taking great-looking pictures of Amaryllis/Hippeastrum flowers, but I never expect that my pictures are worthy of inclusion in an on-line catalogue.

I found that 2 companies in the USA are using my Hippeastrum Cybister 'Bogota' picture for its on-line business, without informing me or obtaining my permission. The two companies a big corporations and are offering many varieties of bulbs.

Here is the picture of the flower that I took using my Olympus u840, with a purple background. The paper is slightly crumpled.


The image that they use. Notice the slighly crumpled paper behind the topmost petal.

And here is the picture being displayed at Willow Creek Gardens

Amaryllis Bogata at Willow Creek


And another at its sister company, EasytoGrow Bulbs
Amaryllis Bogata at EasytoGrow Bulbs


Plagiarism is a form of flattery, I guess :-)


Monday, 17 August 2009

Happy Birthday Hazem, part 2

More of Hazem's picture on his birthday, celebration among the closest family members.

The birthday cake

The birthday card

The inside of the card, written by Meryam
Writings inside the card

Hazem is blowing the three candles
Tiup Lilin

Hazem reading the card
Tengah baca kad

Weighing the birthday present
Weighing the present

And the present, a toy car

that transforms into BumbleBee

Monday, 10 August 2009

Happy Birthday, Muhammad Hazem

Born on 10th August 2006, at 3:32pm at Hospital UKM. The above picture was taken at 4:16pm, 42 minutes after his birth. Hazem is my 2nd child, and so far, my 1st and only son.

Daddy got you and daddy love you.

Nick name : Hazem

Favourite drink : susu kow-kow

Favourite movie
: Ultraman yang best (top at the moment). Also Cars, Baby Einstein, The Incredibles, Buzz Lightyear (Toy story) ...

Can not leave home without : pampers

Go to bed with : His baby blanket, his baby pillow, his ultraman soft toy and his plane toy

Best time to tease
: Just after waking up from sleep, before drinking milk and eating any food

Commendable trait
: Obediently swallow all kinds of medicine.

Worth mentioning
: Talkative and expressive


Saturday, 8 August 2009

Hippeastrum Amy Maguire

Another bulb purchased from Australia, Hippeastrum Amy Maguire is in bloom today. So beautiful, white with red veins, dots and red picotee ...

Amy Maguire

Amy Maguire

Amy Maguire

Amy Maguire

The veins, the dots and the picotees
Amy Maguire

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Hippeastrum Equestre or Puniceum - red

I have been trying to find an ID for this widely available here. It somehow resembles the species Hippeastrum Gracile.

It is red, the bloom measuring about 4 inches, on an 12 inches scape. The colour is darkish red, with creamish turning to green throat. Loves to multiply.

Here are the pictures

Red Puniceum

Red Puniceum

Red Puniceum

Red Puniceum

Red Puniceum

With Tosca
Tosca, Red Puniceum

Sunday, 2 August 2009

Germinating Rain Lily Seeds

Zephyranthes, also known as rain lily, propagates through producing offsets or through seeds.

However, from my experience, Zephyranthes Citrina, bright yellow-coloured rain lily, do not produce offsets, but will produce 10-25 seeds from one seedpod.

My first experience with germinating seeds from Z. Citrina happened more than a year ago ... I was trying my luck by just planting the seeds in a pot next to my Agavae.

The seed pod, just splitted and ready to be harvested
Z Citrina

The seeds, there were 12 seeds from the one and only seedpod, harvested on 16th July 2008
Biji rain lily kuning

Then, a week later, to my pleasant surprise, needle-like leaves were seen growing
Biji Rain Lily dah bercambah

And on day 17, they grow even longer ....
rain lili

And this is on day 37
Rain lily

Then I moved them to a bigger pot and forget about it. And they still survive without much care from me :-)

Saturday, 1 August 2009

Hippeastrum Orange Rascal

My cutest hippeastrum yet, blooms measuring about 2 inches on a tiny scape, just slightly bigger than my rain lilies

Orange Rascal

Orange Rascal

Orange Rascal

Next to a ruler
Orange Rascal

Next to Roseum
Orange Rascal, Roseum

Next to my rain lily, Zephyranthes Citrina
Orange Rascal, Z Citrina