Gardening: Lipstick, Powder and Paint

By Andrea Pavee

After a hiatus from gardening articles, I am back, with more adventures to share.

Having recently celebrated my birthday, I received two beautiful pots from two dear friends
to commemorate the special day.

The first pot was gifted by Marcia – a beautiful Taro a.k.a Colocasia Esculente plant. How did she know I always wanted one?

When we first moved back home, I bought a pot each of the Black Magic and Black Coral
plants, which are variants of the Taro plant. And now, I have 3. Thank you, Marcia for
expanding my collection.

I also received a huge lipstick a.k.a. Aeschynanthus radicans plant. While it is native to South East Asia, this was my first time seeing and getting one.

Like the Taro, the Lipstick plant has a special place in the indoor garden. With its gorgeous leaves cascading all over, I decided to place it on the ground, thereby making a lush green carpet of leaves over the grey rivers stones beneath. I gather it will be a spectacular sight indeed when those fiery red lipstick shaped blossoms bloom, in time.

Thank you, Kar Im.

Plants make great gifts, for any reason, any season and all the time. When maintained, they
are pleasing to the eye, good for the environment, and good for us.

However, before you run off to your favourite nursery to grab a few pots, there are some factors to consider.

Firstly, it is always a good idea to match plants to their owners’ likes. Hence orchids are for
orchid lovers, hibiscus for the hibiscus lovers – you get the point.

Additionally, your friend’s experience is another factor.

While some plants are easy to maintain, there are others which can prove quite challenging. Matching your choice to your friend’s ability will make your gift the perfect one, to be enjoyed for a long time to come.

And now, I have to go and powder my plants with a little seasoning of Epsom salt, so that my caladiums’ “painted” spots will look more vivid.

Until next time, enjoy!

Posted by Chayo, HomSkil Editor 1, 7 July 2022

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