Wednesday, 2 December 2015

The Secret Garden, One Utama – Views

This is the last 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 
Part 4:  White Flowers
Part 5:  Flowering Plants

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This post is the last part in the series.  So you’ve seen some of the plants up close in my other posts but what does the garden itself look like? 
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The Secret Garden has some lovely views like the water feature near the Javan treebine.  You will see water flowing down behind lush green giant yams and weeping willow trees. 

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A variety of cacti and succulents are planted on a mini roundabout near the entrance. I loved the barrel cactus (so round and cute). 

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There is a pergola near the centre of the garden where one can sit on the benches provided and relax in the tranquil green surroundings.  These are quite popular with visitors, especially in our tropical weather. 

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The plant tunnel is dark and cool, sheltered from the rays of the sun by various creepers. 

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The Secret Garden also plays host to small insects and birds.  I spotted a huge bumblebee when I was there.  And I also saw this very adorable, rotund little bird who was chirping away cheerfully. 

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A few months ago, I paid another visit to The Secret Garden before noon.  The garden was bathed in sunlight and it was so much easier to take pictures.  The downside, of course, was that I was sweating profusely and squinting in the bright sunlight!  Nevertheless, I would still prefer to visit early in the morning.  The pictures below were taken during my morning visit. 

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I was surprised to find a grapevine that was fruiting!  Amazing!
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Star tampoi - native to Borneo, mulberries
Speaking of fruits, the mulberries on the mulberry bush were juicy and ripe for the picking.  I feel like planting a mulberry bush now.

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I love seeing brightly-coloured flowers bathed in the morning sunlight.  The pink flowers and hibiscus were so beautiful. 
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Morning, of course, is the time when the morning glory blooms.  The white and purple morning glory plants were at the height of their beauty when I visited in the morning. 

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The purple waterlilies looked almost unreal.  I was also delighted to find a red passion flower blooming on a vine at the entrance of the garden.  I have never seen one before.  

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Have you visited The Secret Garden in One Utama?  Did you enjoy it?  I hope to visit again soon since the weather has been cooler lately. 

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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