Monday, 17 August 2015

The Secret Garden, One Utama - Creepers and Vines

This is the third part in The Secret Garden series.  The Secret Garden is situated on the rooftop of One Utama Shopping Centre, one of the largest shopping malls in the world. 

Part 1:  Amazon Water Lilies 

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Side view of the Javan treebine
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Pale blue buds and blooms peeking out from a complex network of vines
The Secret Garden is home to a variety of creepers and vines.  The designers of this phenomenal rooftop garden have explored several options to display these hanging plants in all their spineless glory.  The resulting effect is lovely. 
 
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Javan treebine resembling a blunt cut fringe
Among all the creeping plants, the most unusual is the Javan treebine.  I was unaware of the existence of such a plant before visiting the garden.  I later realised that it was not an uncommon plant, having sighted it along the walls of the Royal Selangor Golf Club near a traffic light along Jalan Tun Razak and also festooning a tree in the compound of a house in my parents’ neighbourhood.  In the Secret Garden, the normally haphazard aerial roots of the vine have been neatly trimmed into a veil or fringe of sorts.  The roots are so dense that the sunlight could barely penetrate the covering! 
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Fruiting vines scaling a wall
Near the Javan treebine, some creepers were allowed to scale a concrete wall.  I don’t know what the plant is called but I’m sure its plump, juicy-looking fruit are inedible.  Or are they edible? 
 
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Pristine white flowers surrounded by dark green leaves
Some creepers were grown on pergolas to show off their beauty.  I loved standing under the cool cover of green and admiring the blooms.  Sometimes, a bumblebee or two joined me. 

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Morning glory taking a break until the next morning
There were some morning glory plants in the garden but alas, their petals were shut tightly as I visited during the afternoon.  It would be amazing to admire their beauty early in the day. 
 
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Close-up of a purple allamanda bloom
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Purple allamanda plant
I also discovered a new favourite flower – the purple allamanda or allamanda violacea cherry jubilee!  The blooms are so beautiful. 

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Allamanda Indonesian sunset
I think this is another type of allamanda called Indonesian sunset.  Apparently, these allamanda are fairly common.  Why have I never noticed them before? 

That is all for this part of The Secret Garden series.  Stay tuned for the next part!

The Secret Garden is open to public on weekends and public holidays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.  Admission is free!  

More information is available on One Utama’s Facebook page here.  

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