A bougainvillea, a Jade Empress palm (Rhapis multifida), a Lady Palm (Rhapis excelsa), a healthy-looking, erect Heliconia and a tiny little Frangipani (Plumeria sp. - I've wanted one for years as I love their scented flowers...) in their new home on our roof terrace in Singapore.
Our first weeks in Singapore were quite stressful; we found out that a building behind the apartment we had signed is going to be torn down in October, which means that we would have be living besides a major construction site for the next two years. And as things go here, builders work from 7 AM until 10 PM, seven days a week, so all our lunches and dinners on longed-for balmy tropical nights would have been accompanied by the less-delicate sounds of jackhammers and drills instead of chirping cicadas. We were extremely lucky to be offered another apartment (normally there is no way out from a signed contract), and we landed with two balconies, several planters and a roof terrace - enough place to enjoy at least some members of the amazing flora here.
More planters to fill on the first floor of our apartment - the question is how to water them, as all water has to be carried through the living room... Any good suggestions?
So what did I buy on my first foray into the local plant world? A couple of bougainvilleas, one delicate Jade Empress palm (Rhapis multifida), two more robust Lady Palms (Rhapis excelsa), a tiny young Frangipani (Plumeria sp. - I've wanted to have one for years as I love their scented flowers...), one healthy-looking and erect Heliconia and one desert rose (Adenium obesum), all of which can take the somewhat hard conditions of a roof terrace. And no subtle, sophisticated whites for me this time; all my new "protégés" bloom in eye-popping pinks and oranges - well, besides the palms obviously. I'm not sure where this is going (and if I should change my blog name to The Intercontinental Container Gardener), but I'm definitely happy with the journey so far!