Monday, 31 December 2012

The Final Curtain

"Crossandra Infundibuliformis"...
Having a hard time saying it? too.
Try this then..
"Kros-AN-druh" "in-fun-dih-bew-LEE-for-mis" careful,
Don't wanna get all tongue twisted :)

Also known as the Firecracker Flower or the Orange Marmalade.
A tender tropical perennial which originates from Southern India and Sri Lanka.

Its 5-petals flowers are unique.
Just love its coral-salmon color.
A welcome change from the many pinkish collection in my garden right now.
Its fragrance is lovely too,
Faint scent of jasmine when you run your fingers over it.
Somehow this plant reminds me of a lady...
No offence guys.
It has that 'graceful' look being 'tall and slender'.
And with flowers coming out from the spiked stalks.
Which looked like a lady wearing a big hat!
Hehe.. my imagination can go wild :)

The flower is named the Firecrackers for a reason.
See this seed pods..
Seedpods appear after all the flowers have withered and dried up.
These matured seedpods will 'explode' with a POP sound when it rains.
I thought that is so cool!

It has been raining very heavily the past few days.
And the thunder may have drown the POP sound when it burst opened.
All I see is seeds strewn all over my white floor.
Hhmm..better luck next time I hope.
But then again, I'm afraid of thunder..
I'm always in my room on rainy days.
So, no way will I be able to hear it POP! :(

The thing I like about this plant besides its lovely coral-salmon color and "lady" look,
And besides being tolerant to sun and shade,
Is that it is always flowering!! :)

Well my friends,
I suppose this is my last post for the year.
The end of 2012 is very very near...
And what better way to face the final curtain of 2012 than,
Than by saying thank you to all my friends
For their lovely thoughts and heartfelt comments :)

May You All Have A Blissful Year Ahead!!
Here's wishing you



  1. Cudowny kwiatek i ma śliczny kolor. Życzę również szczęsliwego Nowego Roku !
    Wonderful flower and has pretty color. Also I wish a Happy New Year!

    1. Thank you Giga.
      And Happy New Year to you too!
      May you have a blissful year ahead :)

  2. I love your description of this plant. Indeed it is a very pretty colour and quite fascinating in it's habits. Great to have a plant which is hardy and also gives many flowers.

    Happy New Year!

    1. Thank you Karen.
      And I love the reflections in your post. I thought it was spiritual too.
      Enjoy your mini holiday.
      May you have a blissful year ahead :)
      Happy New Year to you too!!

  3. Again a beautiful flower Houris. Happy New Year and see you again in 2013.

    Greetings from Holland,

    1. Hello Willie!
      Welcome to my blog!!
      I have not been able to reply your earlier post as I was away.
      I apologize for this late welcome.
      Glad that you love the flower too.
      Wishing you a blissful year ahead Willie.
      Will be following you too in 2013!
      And a Happy New Year to you too!

  4. A most delightful plant to have in the garden. I have the yellow ones too. Happy New Year.

    1. I'm so pleased with this plant Stiletto :)
      Now I envy you having yellow as well.
      Wonder if it smells just as nice as this one.
      Happy New Year to you too!!

  5. Hello Ash I hope you have enjoyed your holidays! We have passed around a nasty cold in my family this last week and I am late in writing comments on the blogs of my favourite people :( On the good side we have been sick all together and are sharing the kleenex, hot soup and a ton of movies :)

    You have captured the best parts of this flower (I'm not even going to attempt that tongue twisting name) and she is a lady indeed (I suspect a tango dancer!) That colour is beyond beautiful and what a bonus that it comes with a delicious perfume. It has been a joy meeting and getting to know you, I appreciate all your heart-felt comments on my posts. I'm looking forward to blogging with you in this New Year!

    1. Oh Rosemary, so nice to hear from you again! must be a pretty bad cold :( Bet it is 'snowing' heavily inside your home with kleenex all over you :)
      Reminds me of the movie "You Got Mail", where Meg Ryan had a cold when Tom Hanks made a surprise visit. You should see her used kleenex! Imagine the kleenex for all 6 of you!

      I had a great holiday. It was a last minute thing when my brothers and sisters decided to come along together with their children! It was a congregation! We almost bring the roof!!

      Nothing beats togetherness with the family, Rosemary. I'm glad it was a 'memorable' Christmas for you and your kids too :)
      Take care and I look forward to reading your posts for this year too!
      It is always a joy to do so :)

      Have a great New Year!

  6. A very fitting flower to close the curtain... Happy new year to you and your loved ones!

    1. Thank you Lrong.
      I'm sure you had a nice ending too with that beautiful dive!
      Happy New Year to you and your missus.
      May you have much more beautiful moments together :)

  7. Ash, Happy New Yew and new plants in your garden!
    This pink-orange marmalade plants is so elegant with its 5-petals buds!

    1. Happy New Year to you too Nadezda.
      It is a graceful plant and I'm loving it :)
      Unique and elegant as it is..


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