Saturday, July 17, 2010

Singapore Garden Festival 2010 - Suntec July 17

 Hoerikwaggo - 'Mountain in the Sea' - Table Mountain, South Africa
  The bats like structure were from palm leaf sheath.

A comparison from two camera  Canon 20D above and point and shoot P5100 below

  The background flower and trailing plants gave an aquarium  illusion with 'jelly-fish'.

Flowers came to life on pillars near the Ticketing counter.
I overheard a kid telling mother "... the flowers are real ".

Mat created from bundled grass and decorated with red cactus(?) and unknown fruits.

 Picture simply cant tell all..
Recreating Kelabit tribe dwelling from highland Bario, Sarawak.
Not shown above is a scare-crow on the left and plots of real dry land padi (rice)
even Chain of love vine

I noticed a 'twister' like structure
Rectangular-shaped branches with real pears dangling from it
Mace obtained  from nutmeg fruit.
Entry from Vietname(?) - Bamboo
Bent by the wind

Big flower heads - what plant was that?

Staircase to nowhere?
.... so Chingay like...
Masks.. from the 4th floor Orchids exhibits

Didn't know this till i take a close look of the image. A human figure?
and the a rising Phoenix....?

The Man who Planted Trees from SBG finally finally seeing the target audience
- the paying crowds.

Elegant vertical display wall of plants.. anyone?

Floral from S Africa and unknown palm leaf sheath.
e.g. hokkien mee uses areca palm
Gardens by the bay - will it look like that ?
  the crowd..
A closer look - Flame Lily, Nipple fruit.... how many types of plant can you find.
Click image to have a closer look.

Lady with long lens ....

Flamingo-like F. Lilies (again)... not the same species we I saw in Singapore

With so much colorful inputs you get sensory overloaded...
i stopped briefly at 4th floor. The orchids are overwhelming

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Handkerchief tree's name that resembles a mispelt camera brand

Young leave ( not flowers!) of handkerchief tree Maniltoa browneoides near my neighborhood. Normally they are beyond my reach but i look around and there is one branch i can reach and the camera in my pouch. So why not!

I reach out and pull the handkerchief.. grab the upper portion on my left and try a few shoots.. Why the plant deplore such attraction technique is unknown to me.

Saturday, July 03, 2010

SBG July 3 '10 - The Man Who Planted Trees ( L'homme qui plantait des arbres)

Saw this meteorological devices on the tree trunk just before crossing the traffic junction to SBG.
See how many devices you can make out from this foto.  Are they interested in limited directional wind velocity  and the wind vane that might hit the Bird's Nest fern nearby?

This is a typical setup for Weather Monitoring. Not all the components are visible on the tree above.

 Chain-Of-Love now  had grown and carpeted the canopy near the canteen.
Nice to look at now. Remind me of my childhood plants despite being a nuisance invasive pest hard to be eradicated.

Maintenance might be needed to clear away the old leaves.

 The Man who planted Trees.
 Three months had passed - the seedlings were planted by hundreds of Singaporean
from all walks of life

Elephant apples littered the ground. 
I saw one lone worker clearing the fragipani garden. He even plucked the brown, yellow leaves from the low branches. The ground was so clean - not even one fallen leaf in sight - talking about proactive anti littering practice. I once joked about  why not shake-the-trees and picked up the dead leaf so it wont litter the ground.

Scorpion crawling on a branch?  Inflorescence fallen from elsewhere ended up on a branch of Sea Ebony, Diospyros ferrea. I picked up one on the ground and it was hard and felt  like those from the coconut flowers

Logs... twigs....lets get the fire going.... just a thought. SBG recycled them for compost..
City dwellers hardly find these in your concrete forest.

A single strand of  'aerial' root of Curtain Ivy.
I then walked through hundreds of them hanging from above .... a bit like car-wash.
[ no wonder i got ants, little spiders in my hairs .. harmless though]
Several months had passed and the roots of Curtain Ivy had managed to descend to respectable length. It was nothing in March i recalled. A video of walking through this curtain is here. ( using P5100)


Cascading  Pool
Rain rain rain - Tai-qi practice under shelter. It was a lovely walk despite the moderate drizzle. Cool and re refreshing.  Crowds were light  but the usual dog - walkers, sporadic joggers, keen nature lovers were there. NOG attracted a fair bit of crowd. The Library was v tidy, great exhibits neatly arranged. Of course not forgetting the Volunteer Guides dishing out interesting bits of the plants in SBG ground. Chinese-speaking group here.. Japanese speaking group there and English speaking group over there. I saw them all.  

Not far from the SBG heritage Giant ...

the wet ground was littered with this lovely stick of wing seeds... I took one home.

 I held the stick against the you can see the seeds clearly.

Looking up i saw the parent plant
where the wing-seeds-on-a-stick came from.
Do you know the name of this tree? Terminalia subspathulata [ thanks to Mahaya]

Even the 'old wound' was decorated with ferns..(side way view above)
Bark and debark of a Golden Penda, Xanthostemon chrysanthus

Blue Latan Palm, Latania loddigesii.. some insects were buzzing around.

 Wind was pretty strong and the umbrella was useless to stop the young shooting of this rattan palm from swaying around. No choice a flash was fired which obliterated the sheath covering the side branches..

Even the ginger flowers clamped up under the rain...
 Its 10:00am another batch of guided tour .... all geared up for the rain