Thursday, May 23, 2024

Zao 1.0

ZAO 1.0 by Ipoh Women Ceramicists.  An exhibition at 22 Hale Street. 

Some of the affordable ceramics created by young artists. Very talented indeed. 

I like this one. 

Catching on with designs of old cave paintings. 

So cute.  Will live much longer than the real ones in a fish bowl. 

Sleeping beauties.

Very imaginative.

The plants on top the sculptured buildings are real.

Keep off.  Once broken, considered sold!

Great pieces to collect.

Very life like.

The artist's profile.



Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Self-Publishing - An Introduction


An informal talk sponsored by Lahat Road YMCA.  Self publishing is fulfilling and not complicated. The simplest is to publish a family photo book as a legacy project.

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Saturday, April 20, 2024

My Plumbago plant.


I have been having this plant for a long, long time.  A real beauty and needs little care.

The Plumbago plant, scientifically known as Plumbago auriculata, is a beautiful shrub that's also referred to as the Cape plumbago or sky flower. 

Origin: It is native to South Africa and thrives in warm climates.

Size: In its natural habitat, it can grow between 6 to 10 feet tall with a similar spread.

Appearance: Plumbago is known for its sprawling branches that resemble vines and is prized for its profusion of blue phlox-like flowers.

Growth Conditions: It blooms best in full sun but can tolerate some shade. It prefers fertile, well-drained soil but isn't too fussy about the soil type.

Hardiness: It's a hardy plant that, once established, is drought-resistant and has few pests or diseases.

Care: The plant may become leggy, so occasional pruning is part of its care. However, excessive pruning can reduce blooming.

Propagating the Plumbago plant can be done through several methods, including stem cuttings, root cuttings, and seeds. Here's a step-by-step guide for each method:

Best to propagate the plant by stem cuttings.

Stem Cuttings:
1. Take 3 to 4-inch long cuttings from a healthy Plumbago plant.
2. Remove the lower leaves and dip the cut end in rooting hormone to encourage root growth.
3. Plant the cuttings in well-draining soil, keeping the soil moist but not soggy.
4. Place the cuttings in a warm, bright location but out of direct sunlight until roots develop.
5. Once rooted, transplant them to a larger pot or your garden.