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Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 11/11/2017 at 21:25

They are the largest glasshouse in the world, apparently. It took us about two hours for the cloud dome and three for the temperate dome. They are a lot bigger than the Eden project domes. There are a lot of  wooden sculptures in there, mainly carved by Chinese. I'll save them for another day. I did notice that rhododendrons and orchids have been subject to a lot of hybridization. They had bottles of micropropagated orchids for sale in the shop that would pass customs (in sterile jelly), but I don't really want 100 the same to flower in five years. I want them now.

The swimming pool is on floor 57

We were on floor 52, but on the other side, facing the old part of Singapore. The glass leans out, so we could see the road below.  The garden side has balconies with bougainvillea growing all over it.

My adventures in my garden 2017 part 2.

Posted: 11/11/2017 at 18:34

It amazes me how much you get done. Look after yourself in this cold weather that is coming.

Newly planted small orchard

Posted: 11/11/2017 at 18:31

Pears do well if you can espalier or fan train them to canes. I would use a soft twine such as nutscene, using plastic runs the risk of it being forgotten and then digging into the branches as they grow.

I have quite a few fruit trees. I don't spray them. I use codling moth traps for the apples and plum moth pheromone traps for the plum moths. That seems to sort it. The plum moths are an ongoing problem, but I seem to have no codling moth any more, and have stopped using the codling moth traps. Encouraging blue tits in the garden by hanging fat balls in the branches of your trees , is a great natural control. They pick off insects while they are queuing for the fat balls.  If you get a really bad infestation, then spray if you want, but it is just a waste of money spraying if it is not necessary.

Wildlife photos

Posted: 11/11/2017 at 17:32

I thought I was the only one poking in the strand line to see what there was. In Indonesia, any natural product is drowned in a sea of plastic. The boat crew thought I was odd, when I produced a pocket full of plastic bags after every dive.  Coconut Octopus are quite small, they make a home from a few clam shells usually. The funniest bit is when they pick them all up and walk off with them. I haven't sorted out the videos yet, but I am hoping there are a few shots that show such things.

Mummy Lioness seems to have her eye on someone.

Taxonomists and name changes

Posted: 11/11/2017 at 14:26

I think that was a couple of years back.  Yesterday I found out that what I have always called  Mesembryanthemum criniflorum  is now called .Dorotheanthus bellidiformis

Seed identification

Posted: 11/11/2017 at 14:22

Too round and fleshy for snowdrops. The pods are elongated oval with seeds inside.

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 11/11/2017 at 12:38

Inside the temperate dome. Bit weird this. You walk from outside tropical hot steamy to a greenhouse, cooled to mediteranean levels and dry.  It was harvest festival time. (on the walkway in)

Magnolias and rhodos in flower.

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 11/11/2017 at 12:26

All the  bay "trees" are lit up at night, with a light show of changing colours. From the top of the hotel it looks quite plain in the day, but watching it all light up at night is mesmerising.  The biggest tree has a restaurant at the top. The walkway is usually open, but there was a storm about when we were there so it was shut in case of lightening strikes.

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 11/11/2017 at 12:23

Rafflesia legoicus and Sarracenia legoicus. That stuff gets everywhere.

Some beautiful Orchids. Will we will see these as a new generation of houseplants. ?

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 11/11/2017 at 12:14

Singapore Gardens by the Bay, and the Marina Bay Hotel( the one with the swimming pool across the top)


DaytimeInside the cloud dome

Near the top of the cloud dome. You take a lift to the top and then walk down.

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