Makarimi Abdullah
Wordless Wednesday - Bonsai






This post I dedicate and welcome to my new Orchid Friend - Fer  from Japan with his  my little Garden in Japan blog to my Orchid de Dangau. Thanks Fer for being my 39th friend here. I really appreciate your support.
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I bought this orchid during CNY Orchid Show in Penang Time Square last January. This species is originated from Borneo and Philippine, but it's rarely seen among the collectors. The colors is yellow to reddish form and has fragrant. The orchids I bought is from Philippine, I never see the Borneo form yet, and hope to have both. It is because the color form and the size of the flower slightly different.
This orchids also known as 'Daisy Orchids' due to her appearance or Makoy's Cirrhopetalum. This orchid is unifoliate epiphyte and easy to grow. If you are in 4 season country, this orchid most often bloom in winter, but here she is free flowering. This orchid originated in lowland forest at elevations up to 300 meters.



This post I dedicate and welcome to my new Orchid Friend - ONG  from New Jersey, United State with his  An Obsessive Neurotic Gardener blog to my Orchid de Dangau. Thanks ONG for being my 38th friend here. I really appreciate your support.
Makarimi Abdullah
Cycads Clivicola...the plant age of dinosaur. I had post this topic last year click here. Now this plant got a flower! It's quite difficult to see this plant have flower, may be once in a life time. After I plant this Cycads for about 7 years, 2 of them got flower, 1 is male cycads and 1 is female cycads.
Among our community, this plant we called 'Paku Haji' (Haj Fern). This plant got their name because the flower (female flower) similar as the turban.

Cycads Clivicola: Female flower

The female flower is bigger (turban), after few month (~3 month) it's will have seeds.


Cycads Clivicola: male flower

The male flower is higher not like turban and no seeds.

So if you want to have baby plant or propagate, you must have the female Cycads. How to recognize the Cycads sex without flower? Any idea?


This post I dedicate and welcome to my new Orchid Friend - Cher  from Ohio, United State with her Sunray Gardening blog to my Orchid de Dangau. Thanks Cher for being my 37th friend here. I really appreciate your support.
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Last year on 18 February 2010, I start blogging in Orchid de Dangau. Time running so fast, now already 1 year I keep updating my blog. I still not believe that, I still survive in the blogsphere. I start from zero, not have any knowledge about this blog world. Slowly I learn form other blog, Google and some reference note in the internet.

I start this blog by using Malay language (national language), then on August onwards I try to converted to English language part by part. For the first few months I stop blogging, because I don't have any idea to post it. At that time also I'm quite busy with my post degree study. English is not my mother tongue. I try to build my confidence by reading others blog and it helps me a lot.

I know and read a lot of orchid blogs through the net, and finally I found one directory which connecting the world of orchids through Orchidwire.com. This page helps me a lot to know orchid collectors, nurseries,  enthusiast and admires around the world. Also from here, I got many ideas to set my journey in this blogsphere. Thanks Mr Wendell Kozak by putting my blog in Orchidwire.com  on 12 August 2010. 

End of August 2010 I read about Blotanical.com then I found many friends from around the world share their idea and  interest about gardening. I'm very excited. I start search friends from every part of the world and my country. From here I know them mutually. The 1st friend I click through here is  Carol - Flower Hill Farm , she always 1st in the popular list ;-), then I found   Autumn Belle - My Nice Garden blogger  from Malaysia,  then one by one blog I explore deeply. It's help me a lot to seize the garden world ; and at least give me spirit and idea to keep updating my blog. Everybody have their own interest, sometimes it is more than I imagine. Then on 6 September 2010, my blog was listed in this amazing Blotanical.com.

Thanks to all friends, all readers and also all the follower, you means so much to me. I really  do appreciate your supports. You are my inspiration! All of you keep me 'alive' in this blogsphere.

Since now, I received more than 200 comments, 3082 hits, 36 followers, 2077 unique visitors from 70 countries. May be it's not so many compare to others blog...but for me is more than enough.  I really appreciate all the readers and visitors. Once again THANKS SO MUCH for your support.









Makarimi Abdullah
Some of orchids bloom in my garden ; )

Happy Valentine's to those who celebrate it...
For all Muslim...Happy Maulidur Rasul 1432 ...












This post I dedicate and welcome to my new Orchid Friend - James Missier from Selangor, Malaysia with his Garden Chronicles blog to my Orchid de Dangau. Thanks James for being my 36th friend here. I really appreciate your support.

This post also is part of Garden Bloggers bloom day, a monthly event hosted by Carol of May Dreams Gardens.
Makarimi Abdullah
I grow this orchids on 2006. I was climbed up to the hill with few friends and we found this orchid drops from broken tree. I'm so lucky....just beside the jungle trekking...no need to climb the tree to get it or even to pay a single cents. This orchids is Dendrobium farmeri var. pink - one of local best species.
For the first few month this orchid really hard to grow, because some of the roots already rot and most of the cane already dehydrated. Only a month later it's recovers, then become healthy and full of pots now. This is just second time this orchid blooming at my garden since 2006.
Last year this orchid not flower even in their season. FYI this orchid season is on February to May each year, but some times it's out of the season. I have many pots of this orchids in my garden, some of it consider specimen orchids.
Just captured the moments from the active flowers shoot about 4 weeks ago till she blooms...here is the blooming story of Dendrobium Farmeri var. pink. (I captured the pictures at different angle)

Day 2
Day 7
Day 10
Day 13
Day 16

This post I dedicate and welcome to my new Orchid  Friend -  Rosie Gan from Malacca, Malaysia with her  My Garden Haven blog to my Orchid de Dangau.  Thanks Rosie  for being my 35th friend here. I really appreciate your support.
Makarimi Abdullah

Thanks so much to My little Potted Garden, generously extended me this award. The 1st ever award that I received, since I start blogging ;) I really appreciate your kindness and really honored that you enjoyed my blog. Sometimes, I still thinking about it...is it I'm the stylish blogger??? Well... I cannot judge my self.





In accepting this award, these the things you should do:

  1. Post linking back to the person that gave you the award.
  2. Share 7 random things about yourself.
  3. Award 15 recently discovered bloggers
  4. Drop them a note, and tell them about it!


A little bit about My little Potted Garden; she also own the lovely cooking blog kitchen flavors. She  from Malacca and residing in Selangor. I also follow her blog in kitchen flavors, where I got some inspiration in cooking and try new recipes ;-) I enjoyed read both her blog, she planting the veggies  and herb then used for her recipe. Delicious dishes comes from healthy and fresh sources. Good Idea! Please do visit her by clicking the link, you will enjoy every single post in her blogs. Thanks again My Little Potted Garden!


Seven things about myself !
  1. I'm Orchid maniac. I love this amazing plant since I'm a little boy.
  2. I'm hardcore orchid collector. Collecting new orchids is never ending story for me. Even a dream...I still dreaming about them.
  3. Other than orchids I also plant tillandsia, bougainvillea, cycads, fruit plant and some veggies.
  4. Besides gardening, I love cooking. I like to try new recipes but still failed to bake the cookies.
  5. I love spicy food, more spicy more better. I plant my own chilies plant, but only bird eye chili. The reason why, because this chili is more spicy than other chili available in my country (I think).
  6. Another thing I enjoyed so much,  is breeding the poultry. I have turkeys, mandarin duck, peacock and swan in my garden.
  7. Wish to live in traditional house with orchid garden and poultry farm and at the same time that house should be surrounding with rice field. Now in progress to fulfill my dream.
I am honored to extend this Stylish Blogger Award to these following fantastic blogs, at random order :

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I still busy with routine work and it's like 24 hours not enough for me. It's make me very tired and demotivate to update my blog...sometimes ;(  I think,  I need some rest or go for holiday, to recharge my energy and my mind. My body so tired and make my head empty...since last CNY Orchid Show.
Then, yesterday, after take half day work...got some idea to write something different from orchid , but it's in my garden. It is Averrhoa bilimbi or 'belimbing buluh'. I plant this tree last 3 years from seeds and now it's grown more than 8 feet. This year after rainy season, this tree got their fruit season and it's so generous with the fruit. As I know, there are two varieties fruit, one is green color even matured and another one in light yellow color since young till matured. The green fruit is more sour than light yellow color. In my garden, I only plant the green color fruit.

Averrhoa bilimbi plant

Averrhoa bilimbi plant

Averrhoa bilimbi flower

Averrhoa bilimbi fruits

Averrhoa bilimbi fruits
 Some facts about this plant... 

From Wikipedia...this plant origin from Malaysia, Indonesia and spread out through South East Asia to India. This plant also found at Jamaica, Timor and Queensland, Australia and some in Madagascar. The taste of this fruit it too sour, so normally people not eating raw. Normally they used as cooking ingredient and for medical interest. 
When its come to medical interest, I have tried many times to heal my coughing. I just take a cup of this fruits and mix it with a  cup of water, then heat it till the fruit comes soft. Then take one or two spoon every morning and evening.  I also used the leaf to release the body temperature, when I got fever. Take a bunch of the leafs, mix with a basin of water for shower. There are a lots of medical interest using this fruit, leaf and flower, i just list what I already tried before.
As a cooking ingredient, I normally put it in the Malay traditional dishes, such as 'Masak lemak telur ikan' (coconut milk with fish egg), one of my favorite dishes. Actually it also can change to fish, prawn or even chicken.
Here I share the recipe (for 2 person):

Ingredients:

500 g of fish egg (chicken/ fish/ prawn) 
2-inch of fresh turmeric (or 2 tea spoon powder)
2-inch of galangal
3 lemongrass
10 bird eye chilies ( small chilies)
10 small onion (red onion)
2 garlic
salt to taste
1 table spoon of sugar
2 cups of coconut milk
10 bilimbi fruits

Methods:
First, blend the onion, garlic and turmeric with bird chillies until its got a fine texture. Then put the blended ingredients in the cookware with water [1 or 2 cup(s)]. Heat it up for a few minutes.  Then chops the lemongrass and galangal and mix together with the blended ingredients. When it already boiled put the coconut milk and fish egg, then followed by salt and sugar. Leave it boiled for few minutes, then its ready to be served with plain rice.

This fruit also you can make it as pickle (achard), here I share the link.

This post I dedicate and welcome to my new Orchid  Friend -  Diane from North Carolina, USA with her  Along Life's Highway The Yard Art Game blog to my Orchid de Dangau.  Thanks Diane  for being my 34th friend here. I really appreciate your support.




Makarimi Abdullah
I'm too busy with so many things recently and I don't have extra time to update my blog. To all readers and friends so sorry, make you waiting for the new post.
First, to all Chinese friends and readers, I wish you...




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Here is some results and pictures in the CNY Orchid show Part 2:

Show Venue

Show venue




Best Plant of the Show

Best Species
Best Reserve Plant

2nd in the Class

1st in the Class
1st in the Class

2nd in the Class
1st in the Class

1st in the Class

1st in the Class

3rd in the Class