The first image looks a lot like a Melastoma, but if so I don't know which species it might be. It's not the one I'm used to - M. polyanthum). Some people confuse Melastoma and Tibouchina species, maybe this one is a Tibouchina.
I noticed that you're from Australia. I have planted mini bamboos that my supplier said originated from Australia. They have grown well in my garden and I want to propagate them. Can I simply cut them in halves?
There's only 3 species of bamboo native to Australia, Neololeba atra, Mullerchloa moreheadiana and Bambusa arnhemica. I'm only familiar with Bambusa arnhemica and yours definitely doesn't look like that. Can't say about the others.
What a beautiful setting you live in - wow! I think Hetty has nailed it with the morning glory and I wish I had such pretty Tibouchina as yours - I have what I thought were Tibouchina but mine are much smaller flowered and nowhere as lush, possibly I have something else.
Love the house? with the palm ? roof and the sweet looking pup too.
Braveheartsmom, it still could be a Tibouchina, there are a lot of different species. At the same time, it might be one of the Melastomas. I only heard about Tibouchina when people came here and misidentified the Melastomas. They're in the same family and do bear a resemblance.
Hello Braveheartsmom, Tropicbreeze and Dutchlady1!
How I wish I could have you as neighbors so I could learn a lot from your fantastic knowledge of plants...and maybe swap plants too!
Jenn, the nipa hut is actually a small resting place ( roofing is made of cogon grass) where I could catch my breath and drink fresh coconut juice ( they are coconut trees, not palm) after climbing the 97-step rustic stairway that starts behind that "sinegwelas" tree ( sorry, I don't know the scientific name of that edible fruit-bearing tree) at the back of the nipa hut :)
Jenn, in case you are wondering where that 97-step winding stairway leads to, it ends at the doorstep of a second medium-sized nipa hut down the slope, where I do my oil painting or where my sons bring their friends when they make a lot of noise with their hip-hop music!
I love the looks of that Bamboo but I don't know which one it is. I hope someone will be able to identify it for you, I am really curious as to it's name also! Your Bougainvillea's are beautiful. I have a couple of them in containers and I love the colorful bracts but I sure don't like those thorns!
Thank you for showing me the plantfiles of daves garden...The problem is I really can't use them yet coz they recognize only scientific names! Gosh, I don't even know the difference between family and genus and then it even asks for cultivars, for heaven's sake! :(
I wanted to see if what I call "santan" flowers are somehow related to pentas , if not the same, coz the flowers somewhat look alike although the leaves of santan are bigger.
Thanks for the info on the Tibouchina, Tropic - I must have some other type as mine is no where as pretty...
balaitalisai, your nipa huts are lovely - I would stop and have a rest there too if I had such a lovely spot to sit and sip coconut. The plant you call Santan looks like an Ixora to me from that distance.
Plantladylin, I hope your small pink vine that looks like a morning glory isn't what I call bindweed , which is certainly not the correct name! It's a horrible pest to get rid of and I think you have to just about resort to mega poison to kill it.
Nice to chat with you all - it's funny to think that when I get on the computer in the evening most of you are already in bed!
Braveheartsmom: Thank you! I think Bindweed might be exactly what I have invading my garden. I googled for Bindweed and some of the photo's I found sure look like my invasive. Someone said it was an invasive wild Morning Glory, and it does have the cute little MG flowers it's just impossible to get rid of. I dig it up with roots and it seems to multiply more and more overnight. It has taken over some miniature Azaleas, climbs throughout the Knock Out Roses, climbs up a Schefflera tree, twines around the mailbox! The blooms are pretty but this invasive vine produces thousands and thousands of seeds and I can never seem to get them all. I have no idea where it came from originally and I love gifts from birds, some of the "surprise" plants from seeds they drop, but I wish they would drop these seeds somewhere else! I really think at some point I might be weeding or pruning a flower bed and this vine will attach its little tendrils to me, covering me completely and making me a permanent part of the garden, LOL. Grrr ... I don't like using chemicals so if I should all of a sudden go missing, it might be because I'm completely hidden by this vine! ^_^
LOL Tropic - now I know why I feel like the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland -- I'm late, I'm late, I'm late for an important date!
LOL Plantladylin, I would hate to see you "go missing" because of your vine! Perhaps someone else has managed to get rid of it without chemicals and will tell you how - it's a true beast when it gets a foothold in the garden.
Hello Ladies! ( Dutchlady1, Braveheartsmom, Bignonia, Plantladylin, and Tropicbreeze)
My learnings from you all :
1. Santan is not pentas
2. Watch out that morning glory vine ...ehem...I mean ipomea vine ( did I get that right?)... I sure don't want to go missing too!
Bignonia, I don't know how to answer your question on altitide but if you have heard of Taal Volcano in the middle of Taal lake in Tagaytay City, Philippines, well ...the crater looks like this from the ground level of my property. I am still constructing a viewing deck to capture the panoramic scene of this tourist Philippine attraction.
Sorry, but that's the best answer i can give on altitude. I am still doing my homework onplant family, genus, cultivars...! :)
When we first got our property, the orchard looked like a parade of gnomes: all of the little new trees were covered top to bottom with ipomea/bindweed...so everything looked like vegetative R2D2s. What a pest. We still fight it!!!!
You did warn me about those " invasive" morning glory vines. I have the white, light blue and bright blue flowering varieties planted along my fence and they are getting on each other's throat, so to speak. Please see pictures .
What's the ideal way of managing them? Can I simply cut and trim? I want each variety to only remain on its respective part of the fence.
What I will share with you is the attraction in the location of my property. I finally captured this shot from the highest point on ground level of my garden, pending the construction of a viewing deck.
It's the old crater of taal volcano in tagaytay city, phils.
Thanks for your encouraging remarks about my garden.
Beautiful view of the crater. How lucky to have such a gorgeous view.
The vines (morning glory, and I think the first one looks to be a Sky Vine) should simply be cut back aggressively from time to time - nothing else will keep them in check I think. I do like the white - blue - blue combination a lot!
Keeping the MG in their respective 'places' is a huge job of trimming...I would have to use nuclear weapons here!!!! And a good strong pruning, as DL said, will encourage flowering and keep them from covering the entire island! Lovely garden!
My, what a lovely garden and view!!!! i absolutely love seeing photos of other people's gardens, it alwasy gives me new ideas and encourages me to go work in my own! i haven't seen you post that much, and i just saw that you just signed up recently. i hope to see you post often, we always love to make new friends!! i must tell you, everyone on this thread are wonderful! Just make sure RJ or Tropicbreeze don't make you a tropical fruit salad when you go visit them...
Nice to meet you in cyberspace. I'm curious about that fruit salad joke you have with the other ladies. :)
I read that you are asking about gerbera daisies. In Tagaytay City, there is a place called The Flower Farm ( owned by a friend) and it produces gerbera daisies for export. You can go to their website ...The Flower Farm...and see the many lovely gerberas they produce. They use Dutch technology in their many greenhouses ( so maybe Dutchlady1can give you tips on how to make your plant bloom.:)
I just happen to have whimsically planted a couple of them in my garden to see if they would thrive without the same technology. Without much ado, they are indeed somehow thriving. Here's a picture of one that has produced a white flower. Now that I know they can bloom in my garden, I intend to plant as many as I can and see what happens!
sorry it took me so long to get back to you. Your gerbera looks great!! i discovered recently that its moss that is killing my gerberas, can you believe it! i wish you the best of luck with yours, and i will check out that website.
the joke was we had been talking about birds, including cockatoos. and then somebody started talking about fruit salads on the same thread, and it was either RJ or Tbreeze who then asked if they include the cockatoo in their fruit salad! it was just a joke, and it went on for quite long after that. i mentioned i liked kiwi in my fruit salad, and they thought i meant the bird, Kiwi, while i had actually meant kiwi fruit!! anyway, RJ had been talking about making bat stew, so never trust his cooking... hahahaha
Oh, and just so you know, not everybody here are ladies, rjuddharrison and me for instance. several others too here are guys!
Hahahaha! You're all so funny! I couldn't help but laugh aloud reading the kiwi bird in a fruit salad. :)
Sorry, if I mistook you all as ladies.. "Master" RJ cooking bat stew?!? Is that for real? I guess that's a male gourmet delight!
OK, I guess I better ID myself too . I am Odette...a lady who has never come across a bat stew recipe in my library of cooking books :)
But speaking of fruit salad, have you tried fresh young shredded coconut meat with 'nata de coco' ( note: this is not a bird!) and pandan gelo? Yummy!
Hi odette, i had guessed you were a lady, but i never mention it, just incase i am wrong! we are glad to have you here with us.
No, Randy doesn't really cook bat stew, it was part of the joke...
but i still wouldn't trust his food! :-)
i haven't heard of coconut in fruit salad before, but it sounds like a good idea! one i definitely need to try.
by the way, i am Isaac, a south African missionary kid living in Mozambique. I am 16 years old.