Sunday, December 25, 2011

Seemania... the Liebster award...

Returned home today after spending two weeks in Malaysia...

The temperature there was about 30 degrees, and here, about 2 degrees... wheeaaa... 


Prior to leaving, my missus had brought back a pot of orange-colored eye catching flowers...

'Seemania', she blurted out to an ignorant me...

From the net, found out that 'this is a small genus of herbaceous plants native to South America. The family, Gesneriaceae, is a large plant family of herbaceous perennials and shrubs. It is native to the tropics mostly, in Africa, Asia, North America and South America'.

Also found out its other name, 'Bolivian sunset', and that it is a 'low-growing herbaceous perennial that spreads rapidly by rhizomes' and that it has 'showy orange flowers in winter'. The plant apparently grows well in shady, moist sites.

Hmm, good... shall try to plant them at the slopes and hope that they may spread all over... fat hopes? :)

Ok, this is just a one-photo post and I must express my thanks to Tanya of Lovely Greens...

About two weeks ago, she had graciously recommended my blog for the 'Liebster Award'.

Am very honored with this gesture from Tanya...

But then, I was just about to leave Japan for Penang for about two weeks, hence this belated response to the award...

It was the first time that I saw this word 'Liebster', so I did a check on it...

Apparently, it is a German word meaning 'favorite' or 'dearest'.

And to paraphrase Tanya... 'A Liebster Award is given out by bloggers to other blogs that they enjoy reading'.

The rules are... 'once you receive it you must pass it on to five other blogs that you enjoy and also give a mention to the person who awarded you in the first place'.

Tanya, 'rediscovering' her roots as a country girl, blogs on a wide range of topics from the Isle of Man... I particularly enjoy reading about her hand in making soap, wine, and the cute looking crafts, etc... drop by her blog and check it out...

The five blogs I am passing on to are (not in any particular order): 

Matron: An intimate account of a passionate veggie grower... 

Andrea in this lifetime: Nature photography, plants and ornamental species and other interesting animal encounters from travels... Andrea actually had done a post on the seemania way back in 2009... 

Life in Kawagoe: offers an interesting window into a Japanese family life from the eyes of the father of the house... 

Desert Colors: I am often surprised by the beauty of the photos shown in this blog... 

Kebun Malay-Kadazan girls: a good blog to look up on the adventures in chemical free veggie gardening...

Merry Christmas to y'all...