Hello Penda – These Flowers Are In Full Bloom And Painting S’pore Bright Yellow
Just 3 weeks ago, Trumpet Tree flowers decked our pavements and road dividers turning our island into a sea of pink.
As we approach a new month, Singapore is now taking on a bright shade of yellow as Golden Penda Trees have been spotted flowering around various parts of Singapore.[caption id="attachment_37577" align="aligncenter" width="1302"] Image Credit: NParks/ Wai Jie Bin[/caption]
Bright Yellow Blooms
Also known by their scientific name, Xanthostemon chrysanthus, the bright yellow Golden Penda flowers frequently attract nectar-feeding birds and butterflies.
Great news for West siders as photos uploaded by NParks showed the flowers in full bloom mostly in areas such as Choa Chu Kang, Bukit Batok West and Jurong Lake Gardens.
The trees are native to Australia and introduced to Singapore in 1982.
The Golden Penda flowers can be identified by their distinctive colours as they are bright yellow with five petals attached to the rim of a calyx.
[caption id="attachment_37578" align="aligncenter" width="1757"] Image Credit: NParks/ Tee Swee Ping[/caption]According to the NParks website, the flowering of these trees are believed to be induced by a sudden drop in temperature and can begin 2 – 3 years after they have been grown from seeds.
The next time you’re walking home, look out for these bright yellow flowers!
[caption id="attachment_37579" align="aligncenter" width="1064"] Image Credit: NParks/ Bryan Yeo[/caption]Also, if you didn’t already know, our trees in Singapore have their very own map! If you’re looking for a specific Golden Penda tree, you can find it here at www.trees.sg where you can learn more about Singapore’s trees!
Where have you seen the Golden Penda flowers? Share your pictures with us!
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It’s ‘Sakura Season’ In Singapore – Pink Trumpet Trees Are In Full Bloom Now
Who says you have to book a flight to Japan to witness the cherry blossom season?
It’s that time of year when Singapore’s version of “Sakura Season” as Trumpet Tree flowers deck our pavements and road dividers turning our island into a sea of pink.[caption id="attachment_37232" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] Image Credit: NParks Facebook[/caption]
Cherry Blossom Season
Also known by their scientific name, Tabebuia Rosea, Trumpet Trees are commonly planted in Singapore as a shade providing tree. These trees are native to tropical rainforests across South Africa as well.
The flowers of Trumpet Trees are trumpet-shaped, hence their name.[caption id="attachment_37233" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Image Credit: NParks Facebook[/caption]
Planted along road sides and parks, these trees provides us with shade and also a spectacular show of pink blooms when their flowers fall to the ground.
The Trumpet Trees are also commonly referred to as Singapore’s version of the ‘Sakura’.[caption id="attachment_37234" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] Image Credit: NParks Facebook[/caption]
If you’re looking for Instagram-worthy opportunities, then we suggest you find the nearest Trumpet Tree (they’re literally everywhere) before they’re no longer in season.
Also, if you didn’t already know, our trees in Singapore have their very own map! If you’re looking for a specific Trumpet Tree Singapore, you can find it here at www.trees.sg where you can learn more about Singapore’s trees![caption id="attachment_37235" align="aligncenter" width="1944"] Image Credit: Aaron Lim Facebook[/caption]
Where have you seen trumpet tree flowers? Share your pictures with us!
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10 Places To Get Affordable Blooms For Bae This Valentine’s Day – Starting From $18
As January nears its end, it means one thing: Valentine’s Day is round the corner.
A day where we celebrate love and show our partners how much they mean to us, on this special day, no gesture is too big or too small.
If you’re looking to give your partner some flowers, but don’t want to splash out over a hundred dollars on blooms, you’ll be glad to know that affordable options are not that hard to find these days.
Here are 10 florists that sell beautiful bouquets – fresh and dried – at wallet-friendly prices, so you can show your affection without burning a huge hole in your pocket.
After all, it’s the thought and not the amount of money you spend that counts.
1. The Bloom Room
A floral shop that typically sells bouquets that are on the pricier side, The Bloom Room is showing us all some love this Valentine’s Day by selling petite floral bouquets, so we can all experience the joy of giving and receiving flowers on the day of love.[caption id="attachment_32962" align="aligncenter" width="1080"] Image Credit: @bloomroomsg[/caption]
Bouquets start at $18 for a simple rose and wax flower combo, and other affordable options include a dried medicinal bottle arrangement ($28) and a dried lavender bouquet ($30).
Do take note that delivery is not free, so drop by to pick up your flowers, and save that extra money for something else!
Price: From $18
2. The Enchanted Tree
If you haven’t heard of The Enchanted Tree, get acquainted – especially if your partner loves receiving flowers.[caption id="attachment_32963" align="aligncenter" width="1080"] Image Credit: @theenchantedtreesg[/caption]
A company that believes in making flowers affordable anywhere in Singapore, their hand bouquets are priced at $30 each. Yes, that’s a $30 flat fee that includes delivery.
These $30 bouquets – otherwise known as ‘Daily Picks‘ – differ on a day to day* basis, so what you get really depends on what they’re selling on that particular day.
The Enchanted Tree
Price: From $30
*A different style is put created everyday from Monday to Friday, excluding PH.
3. Windflower Florist
Another go-to florist for affordable bouquets is Windflower Florist. They’re the ones responsible for the dried flower vending machines you may have seen around Singapore![caption id="attachment_32952" align="aligncenter" width="1080"] Image Credit: @windflowerflorist[/caption]
If your partner loves the look of dried flowers, you should definitely give Windflower Florist’s catalog a browse. Dried lavender bouquets start at $33, while $48 can get you pink, blue, purple bouquets and more with some whimsical cotton flowers.
Fresh flower bouquets here are similarly wallet-friendly, with a good selection of affordable options starting at $43.
Price: From $33
4. The Bloom Box
For a more unique Valentine’s Day gift, why not get blooms in a box?[caption id="attachment_32958" align="aligncenter" width="1080"] Image Credit: @thebloombox[/caption]
The Bloom Box rejects the notion that flower bouquets need to be expensive, reserved for special occasions, and come wrapped in coloured paper. As such, they’ve created floral boxes, and they offer only one type of box a day at $35 nett (inclusive of delivery).
Designed with a handle, these floral boxes are definitely a lot handier than the traditional hand bouquet. Their Valentine’s Day designs are out, and are available for pre-order.
The Bloom Box
Price: From $35
Another unconventional bouquet idea is a felt floral bouquet. That is, flowers made of felt material.[caption id="attachment_32970" align="aligncenter" width="750"] Image Credit: Adorninglory Facebook[/caption]
These quirky bouquets are created by Adorninglory, a felt and fresh floral artist. For Valentine’s Day this year, Adorninglory will be selling 4 types of felt bouquets, as well as 1 dried flower bouquet.
Prices start at $39 for a felt floral bouquet, and their hand-calligraphed card + bouquet set is tagged at $55.
Price: From $39
For more rustic bouquets, check out the selection at Fleuriste.[caption id="attachment_32971" align="aligncenter" width="1080"] Image Credit: @fleuriste.sg[/caption]
For fresh bouquets, the Everyday Petite Posy costs $40 while the Everyday Medium Bouquet costs $55. Here, you’ll find many soft pastel blooms, rather than the loud, bolder hues you typically see in more old school floral shops.
Their Valentine’s Day collection is also very affordable, starting at $55 for a simple bouquet of baby’s breath, cotton flowers and roses.
Price: From $40
7. Skinny Blooms
For an all-in-one Valentine’s Day gift, you can turn to Skinny Blooms.[caption id="attachment_32966" align="aligncenter" width="1080"] Image Credit: @skinnyblooms[/caption]
Aside from dainty bouquets, which start at $40 for a Dainty Posy, they also sell floral gift sets. That is, flowers with an added gift, such as bralettes in their I’m in x Petite Beauty Set ($98) and lipsticks in their Vely Vely x Dainty Posy set ($83).
With that, your Valentine’s Day gift is pretty much settled, and all that’s left to do is show your lady a good time.
Price: From $40
8. Keira Floral
A relatively lesser known brand, Keira Floral is a name many brides and bride-to-bes will know.[caption id="attachment_32959" align="aligncenter" width="1040"] Image Credit: , and go up to $126, if you’re looking to make an Instagram
Image Credit: @dawnqflowers[/caption]
Their bouquets start at $65 and come with plenty of greenery and quirky little details.
Dawn Q has also released her own Valentine’s Day bouquet range, with prices starting at $65 for a dried flower bouquet.
Price: From $65
10. Petite Fleur
For more sophisticated bouquets, try Petite Fleur.[caption id="attachment_32965" align="aligncenter" width="1080"] Image Credit: @petitefleur_sg[/caption]
With flowers in pretty pastel hues of pink, purple and blue, these romantic bouquets are surely the way to a woman’s heart.
Prices start at $69 for a bouquet of purple roses with Dusty Miller and Baby’s Breath, or a simple 8-stalk rose bouquet. They also sell round and square flower boxes which are a nice change of pace from handheld bouquets. Flower boxes start from $60.
Price: From $69
This Valentine’s Day, give your special someone the gift of flowers. After all, a little romance never killed anyone.
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