Monday, December 26, 2011

Foliage plants that are easy to grow!

I remember when the boys were babies and both David and Andy were really small it was tough to keep them both entertained here in Castle Street. So, I would bundle them up when it got too tiring for me and drive down to Mum and Dads place on Hayes Road. The huge garden kept them happy for hours till the sun went down. I remember especially when they had the chicken pox and the lesions must have driven them crazy with the itching. I would shake the leaves of the Alocasia -- the heart shaped leaf would move rapidly from side to side and for some reason made David especially laugh at it a lot! So for a long time I would carry him on my hip and shake the leaf and keep him entertained. They are easy to grow and make great balcony beautifiers!

Then recently we went for a wedding in a large hotel off the old Airport road and while we waited for our car to be brought by the valet Bonny and I oggled the long line of the most beautiful Anthurium Flamingos.They were so perfect that Bonny argued for a bit saying they were not real! They are beautiful, lovely to keep in the shade and make the most delightful display of flowers if happy!

And then we went for a few days a couple of months ago to the Kairali Spa resort in Gokarna. The garden there was a delight and I asked for a piece of the most beautiful Epipremnum Marble Queen -- I thought it was just a variegated Money plant! Anyway the pieces I brought have grown marvelously and I am not looking for a moss stick to grow it on where it will make a marvelous display. In the resort they grew it up a tree and so each leaf turned massive and looked amazing. Just a little piece from the plant, stick it in the soil and there mine is growing well in a pot filled with compost made from my kitchen waste.

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