cascading beauties

Here’s my 3rd and final installment of a series of photos of my garlic vine flowers also known as the garlic creeper. The soft and silky flowers are deep lavender or purple and as they mature it fades to pale lavender then to white. The flowers are bell shaped and NARROW down like a funnel revealing their bright yellow styles. They are very attractive to insects like bees and butterflies and even ants couldn’t resist its nectar.

The cascading flowers are so pretty.

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My garden comes alive when they are in full bloom. Passers by couldn’t help but ADMIRE these charming and dainty flowers.

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No worries about the garden smelling like garlic as the heavy flowers don’t really smell like garlic. Only when pruning the stems or crushing the leaves that the garlic scent could be noticed.

This plant was given to me by my mother and she said that old folks believe that it drives away evil spirits and snakes. True or not, they are really very rewarding as they adorn my fence with dazzling colors.

What else makes me happy? Ashton! He is my laptop buddy for today. Took a photo before he takes a nap.

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It’s a happy Saturday!

almost there

As promised, here’s my 2nd installment of a series of photos about the flowers in my garden. Today, some of the buds opened up but younger ones will surely bloom by tomorrow… yes almost there.

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I was hoping for a more vivid and bright photos but the WIND is preventing me from doing that so some of my photos looked a bit blurred and dreamy. I also tried taking photos of the butterflies feasting on its nectar but they were so elusive.

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Since not all buds have unfolded, more photos coming soon tomorrow.

By the way, Boots is my laptop buddy for today. He’s so sound asleep but i just couldn’t resist his sweet face so i give him kisses and chin rubs from time to time.

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Wishing everyone a happy weekend.

ready to bloom

I woke up this morning finding Star intently staring at me. I noticed that it’s only 6:30am and since i was feeling a bit lazy i stayed tucked in bed, watched the early news and finally went downstairs at 8:30am. I was greeted by all the other kitties and my son told me why i was late in waking up and informed me it’s actually 11:30am. Oh my gosh, my wall clock maybe stopped in the middle of the night and was 3 hours late. Poor fur babies, late feeding time today.

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“You’re late mom, come feed me… i’ve been waiting for hours.”

It was a stressful morning doing all the chores simultaneously. Anyway, seeing these flower buds in my garden made my day. They are so ready and UNSTOPPABLE to burst open. For sure, i would find them in full bloom tomorrow. Ooh, i couldn’t wait.

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This plant is called garlic vine and is also known as garlic creeper because of the garlicky smell of the leaves and flowers when crushed. When in full bloom, they are a sight to behold. More photos coming soon…

 

a word a week photo challenge: flower

Garlic vine is a tropical long flowering plant which produces lilac colored trumpet shaped flowers in clusters. The flowers have that pungent scent resembling garlic, hence the name. The landscaper who arranged and did my garden told me that garlic vine could repel snakes and it is good to plant them along the fence. But of course, it was just a belief and an old tale.

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When in full bloom, the flowers are deep lilac in color and then slowly fades away as it wilts. Thus, a cluster of flowers would be in different shades of lilac. They are very attractive and they bloom all year round. Click this link to see my 1st post about this flower last year.

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