The hibiscus plant can be grown easily, and is found almost anywhere in this country even in the highlands where the weather is cooler.They can be found in public parks, private compounds, pathways or roadsides.
The hibiscus plants also vary in height, some are tall and some short shrubs. Some grown on the ground while some grown in pots. They are planted with well-planned landscaping to beautify the garden.
I noticed that there are quite a number of hibiscus flowers of various varieties and of different sizes, shapes and colors planted in the pots for sale in Cactus Point, Cameron Highlands during my recent holiday visit. .
I think the weather is the important factor as I found the flowers in Cameron Highlands are bigger and rich in color, and the plant is much healthier with much bigger and greener leaves. It looks different from the Bunga Raya planted in our garden.
I have been observing this colorful little bird for quite some time. It has been coming to my garden every morning. The visits have been consistent, perhaps it likes the many insects that are found in my garden. The abundance of hibiscus flowers with the rich nectar could also be attracting it.
I wanted to capture this colorful little bird with my camera. As it does not keep still for long, flying away and back again, I had to think of a way to make it stay longer.
Watering my garden plants till they are thoroughly wet did the trick.I took out my Canon 30D camera and fixed with a 70-200mm zoom lense and I had to hide at a corner and wait for her appearance.
When I hear the familiar chirping and chirping and I know that the colorful little bird has come. The chirping may be talking or singing to her fellow friends of her own kind.
Instantly I knew where this little bird is but it noticed me and flew away. It came back again and went to my hibiscus plant which is out of my focus.
At last it landed on my bonsai plant as the leaves were drenched with water. It seemed to be enjoying itself rubbing its tiny body against the moist leaves…
I quickly pointed the camera and click on the shuttles. Clicking all the way along where she is stretching her wings and body. I tried to get a closer shot but it was sensitive to my presence so it flew away.
I am very sure this little bird will return as usual the next morning and I will have the opportunity to capture more photos of it.
HOW TO GROW
The hibiscus plant can be grown easily, and is found almost anywhere in this country, in public parks, private compounds, pathways or roadsides.
It is also a common home plant. It is grown by cutting and which is simply planted the stem into the soil. It grows quite well in this tropical climate. The year-round rainfall here is good enough to keep it healthy.
It does not require much or fertilizers or care as it is not prone to diseases. However if fertilized it blooms more abundantly and the plant is much healthier with much bigger and greener leaves.
As I strolled in my neighbourhood, I came across this double-flowered hibiscus plant by the road side amongst a row of hibiscus plants. The smaller flower grows above the bigger flower and they share one stigma. Its color and appearance is common except for its double bloom. I wonder if it is a cross-breed or just another specie. It looks different from the Bunga Raya which is planted in our garden.