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The Leafless Tree   2 comments


The Leafless Tree

It is definitely better than a Lifeless Tree.

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The leafless tree. The Leafless Tree It is definitely better than a Lifeless Tree.

The leafless tree

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The Leaves of the Lotus   4 comments


The Leaves of the Lotus

The Leaves of the Lotus

The Leaves of the Lotus

The Fountain   Leave a comment


The Fountain

The simple water fountain found at the Penang Botanic Garden,

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The Fountain at the Penang Botanic Garden

The Fountain at the Penang Botanic Garden

At the Penang Botanic Garden   Leave a comment


At the Penang Botanic Garden

At the Penang Botanic Garden

At the Penang Botanic Garden

At the Penang Botanic Garden

At the Penang Botanic Garden

At the Penang Botanic Garden

At the Penang Botanic Garden

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At the Penang Botanic Garden

At the Penang Botanic Garden

At the Penang Botanic Garden

At the Penang Botanic Garden

At the Penang Botanic Garden

At the Penang Botanic Garden

At the Penang Botanic Garden

At the Penang Botanic Garden

Orchids   Leave a comment


Orchids
Orchidaceae is a diverse and widespread family of flowering plants, with blooms that are often colourful and often fragrant, commonly known as the orchid family. Along with the Asteraceae, they are one of the two largest families of flowering plants. Orchidaceae has about 27,800 currently accepted species, distributed in about 880 genera. The determination of which family is larger is still under debate, because verified data on the members of such enormous families are continually in flux. Regardless, the number of orchid species nearly equals the number of bony fishes and is more than twice the number of bird species, and about four times the number of mammal species. The family also encompasses about 6–11% of all seed plants. The largest genera are Bulbophyllum (2,000 species), Epidendrum (1,500 species), Dendrobium (1,400 species) and Pleurothallis (1,000 species).

The family also includes Vanilla (the genus of the vanilla plant), Orchis (type genus), and many commonly cultivated plants such as Phalaenopsis and Cattleya. Moreover, since the introduction of tropical species into cultivation in the 19th century, horticulturists have produced more than 100,000 hybrids and cultivars.

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Penang Floral Festival 2015   Leave a comment


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Penang Floral Festival 2015
Date: 30 May- 7 June 2015
Time: 9.00am to 7.00pm
Venue: Penang Botanic Gardens (Taman Botani Pulau Pinang)

The Penang Floral Festival draws tens of thousands of local and foreign visitors to Penang Botanic Gardens every year. This year, the festival will be held on the 30th May to 7th June 2015. It is a popular festival that showcases various flower species and landscaping designs. A total of 800 orchids of various species and hybrids will be on display. Among the crowd-pullers is the Paphiopedilum rothschildianum orchid, which won the Best Plant competition.

In addition, there will be workshops, various contests, exhibitions and classes on floral related topics will be held at this event along with the sales of a variety plants and gardening equipment. A few interesting activities includes Nature Guided Walk by ‘Friends of the Penang Botanic Gardens Society’, Trip to Waterfall in collaboration with Perbadanan Bekalan Air (PBA) and many more.

The festival is organized by the Federation of Malaya Orchid Society in-collaboration with the Penang Botanic Gardens and endorsed by Penang State Tourism Development Office. For more information and enquiries, please contact Penang Botanic Gardens at 04-2264401 or you may drop an email at botani@penang.gov.my for further assistance.

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Ornamental Plants   Leave a comment


Ornamental Plants
From Wikipedia
Ornamental plants are plants that are grown for decorative purposes in gardens and landscape design projects, as houseplants, for cut flowers and specimen display. The cultivation of these, called floriculture, forms a major branch of horticulture.
Garden plants
Most commonly ornamental garden plants are grown for the display of aesthetic features including: flowers, leaves, scent, overall foliage texture, fruit, stem and bark, and aesthetic form. In some cases, unusual features may be considered to be of interest, such as the prominent and rather vicious thorns of Rosa sericea and cacti. In all cases, their purpose is for the enjoyment of gardeners, visitors, and/or the public.
Trees
Similarly certain trees may be called ornamental trees. This term is used when they are used as part of a garden or landscape setting, for instance for their flowers, their texture, form and shape, and other aesthetic characteristics. In some countries trees in ‘utilitarian’ landscape use such as screening, and roadside plantings are called amenity trees.
Cultivation
For plants to be considered to be ornamental, they may require specific work and activity by a gardener. For instance, many plants cultivated for topiary and bonsai would only be considered to be ornamental by virtue of the regular pruning carried out on them by the gardener, and they may rapidly cease to be ornamental if the work was abandoned.
Ornamental plants and trees are distinguished from utilitarian and crop plants, such as those used for agriculture and vegetable crops, and for forestry or as fruit trees. This does not preclude any particular type of plant being grown both for ornamental qualities in the garden, and for utilitarian purposes in other settings. Thus lavender is typically grown as an ornamental plant in gardens, but may also be grown as a crop plant for the production of lavender oil.
The term
The term ornamental plant is used here in the same sense that it is generally used in the horticultural trades. The term largely corresponds to ‘garden plant’, though the latter is much less precise, as any plant may be grown in a garden. Ornamental plants are plants which are grown for display purposes, rather than functional ones. While some plants are both ornamental and functional, people usually use the term “ornamental plants” to refer to plants which have no value beyond being attractive, although many people feel that this is value enough. Ornamental plants are the keystone of ornamental gardening, and they come in a range of shapes, sizes and colors suitable to a broad array of climates, landscapes, and gardening needs.
Some ornamental plants are grown for showy foliage. Their foliage may be deciduous, turning bright orange, red, and yellow before dropping off in the fall, or evergreen, in which case it stays green year round. Some ornamental foliage has a striking appearance created by lacy leaves or long needles, while other ornamentals are grown for distinctively colored leaves, such as silvery-gray groundcovers and bright red grasses, among many others.
Other ornamental plants are cultivated for their blooms. Flowering ornamentals are a key aspect of many gardens, with many flower gardeners preferring to plant a variety of flowers so that the garden is continuously in flower through the spring and summer. Depending on the types of plants being grown, the flowers may be subtle and delicate, or large and showy, with some ornamental plants producing distinctive aromas which paint a palette of scents in addition to colors.

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