Sandpaper Vine Propagation by Cuttings in Water

In a previous article, I wrote how the Sandpaper Vine (Petrea volubilis), also known as Queen's Wreath, Purple Wreath, Blue Bird Vine and Fleur de Dieu, can be propagated by using a simple method. That Sandpaper Vine propagation is by a humidity chamber.

Recently, I discovered another way to propagate the Sandpaper Vine almost by accident.

Intense Flowering of the Sandpaper Vine (Petrea Volubilis)

For a few days now, I've noticed that my Sandpaper Vine (Petrea volubilis) also known as Queen's Wreath has been flowering more than usual. I've had this vine for five years now and have taken interest especially on the vine's first flowering three years ago. It is only now that neighbors even took notice on the masses of flowers bloomed. Some passersby inquired on how it has flowered this way.

Considerations for a Garden Site

In a previous article entitled, Adding Another Vine Layer, I discussed some basic components of garden design for a garden wall. Here, I'll discuss some other considerations with regards to a garden site.

The Impact of Color and Texture

From among all expressions, maybe painting and gardening have most in common. Each is worried about structure, color and space. The purpose of each is eyes of the beholder. What's more, one serves additionally for the other - color, mass, surface, volume, form, etc. However, when one expression is held against another, the most obvious correlation is regularly the one that notes contrasts rather than similarities. Of the considerable number of contrasts that present themselves, none appears to be more noteworthy than the clear canvas with which the painter must start and the anything other than clear site that faces the gardener.

Designer Adenium Stem Sculpture 3 - Four Petal Pattern

With the wildly successful project I recently made on the Twist Basket pattern, I'm sharing another design called the Four-Petal pattern.

The Four-Petal Pattern is so named because the design appears to be the four petals of a flower. The same technique may be used for a six-petal pattern.

Designer Adenium Stem Sculpture 2 - Twist Basket Part 2

(This is the continuation of Part 1)

To be able to twist the cage (or basket) of the Adenium Stem Sculpture, you need to be able to rotate the top half or upper stem of the adenium plant. Rotation may be up to 180 degrees or to the extent that the stem will allow.

Once the cage is twisted, there is a waiting time of two weeks. This will allow the cut adenium strips to partially dry and heal while set into their new curved positions.

Designer Adenium Stem Sculpture 2 - Twist Basket

In a previous article, I discussed in detail how to create a basic cage as a Designer Adenium Stem Sculpture. This time, we'll put a twist to that basic cage and make it a Twist Cage, pun intended.

Sometimes, this design is also called Twist Basket. It takes inspiration from the Twist Basket design in stair balusters as shown below-left:

Although the baluster on the left has 4 twisted strips, the adenium plant on the right has 6 twisted strips.

The concept is easy. Create a basic cage and then carefully twist the top half of the adenium stem so the cage twists along with it. The technique for successfully twisting the cage is the main topic for this article.

Designer Adenium Stem Sculpture 1 - Basic Cage

After the tutorial on Adenium flat grafting method, we'll discuss a project on Designer Adenium Stem Sculpture.

Just when you thought that braiding the stems of adeniums (desert rose) was cutting-edge in transforming these already beautiful plants into an art form, here comes another.

Stems of adeniums are so flexible and versatile for all sorts of bending, cutting and splicing that there's plenty of options for stunning end-results.