Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Kalanchoe, the Preference

A friend posted these words on his Facebook and I think it is an appropriate quote for gardening enthusiasts like us:


A friendship can weather most things and thrive in thin soil;
but it needs a little mulch of letters and phone calls and small, silly presents
every so often - just to save it from drying out completely.


-Pam Brown-

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Continuing my posting of decorative plants for Chinese New Year, here is a combination of flowering red Kalanchoe and foliage plants in various green and patterns making this attractive spot for shoppers to feast their eyes as they rush through the festive shopping.

I notice that Kalanchoe is often used in Chinese New Year decorations as its bright, colourful blooms that come in clusters are very attractive. Now I wish I have some Kalanchoe in my garden.

What are the plants in your garden that you usually use to decorate your home during festive season?







If you are familiar with the foliage plants in the photos above, please leave me a message. If I am not mistaken, the one right in the centre is the Dumb Cane. I do not know the name of the plants on both sides of the Kalanchoe. Please enlighten me if you do. Thanks ahead!

4 comments:

Stephanie said...

Hello JC! Happy New Year to you and family :-D

Nice arrangement of plants and it makes the kalancoe very outstanding. Yes, I also recognise the centre one - dumb cane. The one next to it is probably an aglaonema but it does look like leaves of peace lily or even a calathea. So not so sure about this one. And the one in front of kalanchoe is probably Calathea orbifolia.

Malar said...

I wonder why i can't view the pictures! ;(

J.C. said...

Hi Steph, thanks for your information. Your astounding knowledge of plants put me in awe! Wow, you are like an encyclopaedia of plants!

Hi Malar, I am not certain why you can't see the photos. May I suggest to refresh the page again to see if the photos would appear.

Giff said...

Hi, I happened to stumble upon your blog from google. I enjoyed looking at the photographs you post on your blogs. I like gardening too but with a young family I now just plant bromeliads and succulents mainly; things that are quite hardy.
As for your photograph, the one outside the kalanchoe (the outer rim) is calanthea.


Kalanchoe is easily propagated by getting a small cutting and letting it root in a small container of water.

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