A trip to Woon Leng nursery
Before I start my post, I would like to apologize that I havent been posting for the past week! I am currently on Industrial Attachment and the first week was busy.
I managed to find time to make my way down to Woon Leng Nursery, at Jalan Lekar. With my Green Culture Singapore founder, Wilson, we are heading there for our new-found addiction – Hoya!
Hoya is a genus of plants that are tropical climbing and belong to the Apocynaceae. Also commonly known as Wax plant, some Hoyas produce flowers with overpowering fragrance!
At Woon Leng nursery, the place was crowded as people came here to purchase the Chinese New Year plants and we headed to the quiet area of Hoyas. Immediately we were greeted with the pleasant fragrance of the Hoya flowers. The flowers are formed in umbels, and some almost spherical shape!
Some of the Hoyas with strong fragrance are Hoya nummulariodes and Hoya lacunosa. Hoya nummulariodes can produce more than 50 umbels on a single plant! As we scanned through rows and rows of Hoyas, I finally found a Hoya nummulariodes which was flowering, and indeed bears numerous umbels. Without a second thought, I took it down into my shopping cart!
Hoya lacunosa flowers resemble a local delicacy, the “Tu-tu kueh”. Small disc-shaped flowers are arranged in a uniform manner and give out a very strong fragrance. The plants are not very big but they have the ability to produce several umbels.
Another beautiful Hoya we encountered was the Hoya archboldiana. The flowers were big and look like inverted bowls, have pink stripes on white background which resembles the strawberry ripples ice cream! It took us some time for us to track down that very plant which put out the long vine with flowers!
Taiwan Raddish Miniature Apples
Woon Leng nursery have brought in numerous Chinese New Year plants, like the new Taiwan Radish, which is red in colour and believed to bring good luck! There were also miniature apples and they looked delicious!