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(In progress) “Mystery” plant; rudbeckias

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After nearly three weeks, one of my “mystery” plant’s seeds has sprouted! Of the four which I’d sowed, three of them didn’t sprout, and when I dug them out to throw them away, I found them infested with fruit fly maggots. So…

And while my rudbeckias did germinate, they seem to grow oh-so-slowly, until I’m getting rather impatient…

"Mystery" plant's seed has sprouted!

Rudbeckia 'toto rustic'

Rudbeckia 'toto rustic'

Rudbeckia hirta 'cherry brandy'

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(In progress) Plains coreopsis

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As this is my first time growing the plains coreopsis, what more from seeds, I’m rather intrigued by the various stages the plant goes through, whether it’s in its changing leaf shape, or anything else.

With a passing glance, I thought that the plants I’d grown from seeds were simply just growing larger (and hopefully, healthier). But when I took the pot in to put some soil over the surface (they’re currently grown on pure compost), I saw that some of the leaves had different shapes than the rest. To be sure, it is currently a small ratio. But still, it’s quite intriguing.

Some of the leaves are starting to take on the shape and design unique to that of the plains coreopsis. It’s quite cute, I think, looking a little bit like cosmos leaves, or perhaps like dill.

I should probably be dividing the plants into at least one other pot this week, since roots have already started growing out from the drainage holes beneath the pots

I’m looking forward very much to growing this plant to its flowering stage.

Nice thick plantlets forming and growing

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(Flowering) Hoya lacunosa

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The no ID hoya which a fellow gardener gave me in the form of cuttings in March has flowered. It’s been identified as the H. lacunosa.

Very tiny pretty flowers, with a subtly sweet scent.

It definitely was a very pleasant surprise. =)

Cute little cluster of flowers

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(Purchases) Nepenthes ampullaria and bicalcarata x ampullaria

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I placed an order with Borneo Exotics through a mass order done by the local vendor in GCS a few months ago, and received both my plants today.

I’ve been eyeing these two plants for quite some time, and decided to splurge on them.

(Phone-quality images because I was busy potting (and then repotting!) them)

N. bicalcarata x ampullaria

N. ampullaria 'Borneo sunset'

N. ampullaria 'Borneo sunset' - one of the pitchers

N. ampullaria 'Borneo sunset' - basals! (And there are two more BABY basals which I was told to bury them just under the surface; those two are so young they are still albino! =D)

I’d actually planted them in peat moss mixed with LECA (Aquaclay brand), but felt very very uneasy about that because LECA is fired clay (clay potentially contains/contained minerals); so barely an hour after that, I went to mix peat moss with washed volcanic sand, and repotted both plants. All my CPs (especially nepenthes) have done well in this mix so far.

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(Misc.) First times

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In gardening and growing plants, there is a lot of waiting and patience needed. From the time when seeds sprout to when a plant say, bears fruits or flowers, it can take months or even years.

It’s something terribly dull and boring.

But then, there are those first times which provide all the excitement in growing plants, all those first times where the ecstatic feeling just overwhelms me and I jump and bounce around and go squeeee.

The first time any seed shows signs of sprouting...it's extremely exciting!

The first time handling any plants which I have no experience with, and it sends out strong roots

The first time a plant flowers

The first time learning to grow a new plant and seeing it grow stronger and more healthily day by day

Of course, that is not to say that subsequent times are boring, that if a plant fruits again and again, each fruiting is not unique.

But, there is that special something in those first times, that special magic in getting to know a plant in its various forms.

To me, that delights me to no end.

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(Purchases) Hoya compacta and two other plants

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My partner and I popped by the local pasar malam (Malay for ‘night market,’ although the stalls open some time in the afternoon and close late at night) near my house. There was a stall selling some assortment of plants, and I was drawn to the hanging ones: small little compact plants grown in snail shells.

Each cost $3. My partner bought me two, and one for my dad.

So fun and cute. =)

Hoya compacta aka Indian Rope Plant

I dunno what this is yet, but the variegated tiny leaves are cute.

This one for my dad.

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