These magnificent gardens were founded in 1859 and are an absolute treasure trove. I have way too many photos to share with you in just one post, so I thought I might do it in three stages: my first impressions, then the specialist gardens of the gingers and their relations, and finally, the orchids.
This was the first sight that absolutely blew me away, the Yellow Saraca, like a gorgeous golden cloud snagged in the branches.
|Saraca thaipingensis (or S. indica?)|
|The first variegated Rhapis excelsa I have seen|
|The trunkless Silver Leaf Palm Johannesteijsmannia magnifica and behind them the Vanuatu Fan Palm Licuala grandis|
|Epiphetic crows nest fern with red neck palms in the distance|
I became a little obsessed by both the stunning flowers of the Cannonball Tree and the unusual way they grew out from the main trunk of the tree, hence multiple photos!
|I loved the magnolia-like blooms of Dillenia philippinensis, but the only flower low enough for me to photograph had only two half-chewed petals left on it, I just bet it would have had a lovely perfume too.|
|This stunning foliage plant is the Bat Lily or Black Lily Tacca integrifolia|
|Flower of the Bat Lily|
|This looks like a type of strangler fig where the host plant has died leaving just the aggressor wrapped around an empty space|
|The Parrot Beak Heliconia rostrata|
|Heliconia chartacea 'Sexy Pink'|
|Talipot Palm Corypha umbraculifera|
|The palm on the left had interesting foliage with the fronds ending in a cluster|
|It was called the Manac or Long Thatch Palm Calyptronoma occidentalis|
|Here is the whole tree with its pink new growth.|
|A young monitor lizard|
|A whole garden bed full of Singapore's national flower -|
|the orchid Vanda 'Miss Joaquin'|
|Love the contrast between the lime fern and the chocolate begonia|
|Burkill Hall, British colonial bungalow built in 1866 and now used for functions.|
|Red ginger Alpinia purpurata|
|The flowers of this are very similar to the Spider Lily Hymenocallis littoralis that I grow at home, but the plant is smaller and the leaves are a different shape.|
|Fabulous inflorescence on this fan palm|
|The beautiful sandpaper vine Petrea volubilis grows well in my home town of Brisbane. The dark blue are the true flowers, and the pale blue are the bracts.|
Hope you enjoyed my first impressions of the wonderful Singapore Botanic Gardens, and there is still so much more to see.