Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)

The Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Bostoniensis’) was still a cute little thing when I got it from the nursery, but it’s since put forth an explosion of new growth. One of the most popular ferns to grow at home, the Bostern fern also doubles as an air purifier, removing the toxic chemicals formaldehyde, xylene, and…

Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia)

Snacking habits are supposed to mature as you age, but we’re all allowed the occasional transgression, right? I never did manage to outgrow ice gem biscuits, and I’m not proud to admit that I even have a plush cushion in the shape of one. Yes, you have permission to judge me. Obviously, I grew immediately…

Quick note: thanks!

Hi there! Just wanted to say a quick thanks to all those who’ve followed my blog- I really appreciate it, and I’ve had fun reading your blogs too. Please feel free to leave a comment sometime! 🙂

Dendrobium Update

Look look look! I wasn’t sure how the Dendrobium would do, but considering how it put out a new flower spike and now a new lead, I guess it’s doing alright. I’ve realised that the flowers are actually darker when they bloom, and fade in colour over time. The green bits of the plant, however,…

Jamaican Cherry (Muntingia calabura)

It was raining, and my usual route through the buildings would keep me dry. So, naturally, up the open slope I went, managing to nearly poke someone in the eye when I stopped suddenly at a buah cheri tree (Muntingia calabura) I’d never noticed before. Known more commonly elsewhere as the Jamaican cherry or Panama…

Japanese Camellia (Camellia japonica)

It was through Jem Finch that I’d first heard of camellias: the very flowers that fell mercy to his anger in ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, and later been gifted as a sign of forgiveness. Now, I can’t be sure which species of camellia Harper Lee had in mind, but anyhow- I shan’t detract from the…

Rhododendrons and Azaleas (Rhododendron sp.)

With their colourful papery flowers, blooming profusely in the spring against a background of dark green leaves, rhododendrons and azaleas worked well against the reds and greys of New Haven. Technically, both rhododendrons and azaleas fall under the Rhododendron genus, except that the former, or so called ‘true rhododendrons’ have ten stamens per flower, and…