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    Clearing the air

    B Magazine, Normita Thongtham, Published on 18/09/2016

    » I posted a photo of a plant on Facebook and was pleased with the interest that it aroused among some friends. "What is it?" several asked. "Is it aloe vera? Is it malunggay [maroom in Thai]?"

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    Flowers of flame

    B Magazine, Normita Thongtham, Published on 10/04/2016

    » The Tabebuia rosea, or chompoo panthip, on Kasetsart University's Kamphaeng Saen campus in Nakhon Pathom province caused a traffic jam as it attracted people from far and near last February. The trees were planted on both sides of the road and when they dropped all their leaves, only to be blanketed by flowers all at the same time, they were a sight to behold.

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    On the hunt for the plant thieves

    B Magazine, Normita Thongtham, Published on 07/12/2014

    » Why would someone steal the world's rarest water lily? That was the question asked by Sam Knight in an article published in the British newspaper The Guardian recently. He wrote the lengthy article after the smallest water lily in the world, the Nymphaea thermarum, whose white flowers measure less than 1cm across, was stolen from — of all places — the Princess of Wales Conservatory in the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in London.

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    Branch out and keep your cool

    B Magazine, Normita Thongtham, Published on 17/01/2016

    » We were in the grounds of the seaside Marriott hotel in Rayong during a family holiday recently. I was walking towards the beach, with my husband, ML Charuphant, following several steps behind, when he called out.

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    More than their rare share

    B Magazine, Normita Thongtham, Published on 11/10/2015

    » The early bird gets the worm, so serious collectors do not visit Chatuchak plant market on Wednesdays and Thursdays. They go on Tuesdays, in order to be the first to get their hands on rare or newly introduced plants. The market does not really get busy until 6pm, when office people have returned from work, but many stalls are ready for business as early as 3pm.

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    An offer I couldn't refuse

    B Magazine, Normita Thongtham, Published on 20/09/2015

    » Out of the blue, I heard from an old friend I have not seen for decades. “Would you have time to come and see my villa in Khlong Luang, Pathum Thani?” she asked. “It’s very close to Bangkok and I would like to have your opinion. I’ve owned it for over 30 years, starting from scratch by digging up ponds. It is not for anything but pleasure and respite from Bangkok.”

  • News & article

    Toxic plants and rumours taking root

    B Magazine, Normita Thongtham, Published on 19/07/2015

    » When will people ever learn? The warning on dieffenbachia, known in Thai as sao noi pra paeng, being a dangerous plant is going viral again. Apparently someone in India just read it and shared it with her friends, then people in the Philippines and Japan picked it up and now it is making the rounds on Facebook all over again.

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    Not by any other name

    B Magazine, Normita Thongtham, Published on 29/03/2015

    » What's in a name? Following the column about Quisqualis indica two weeks ago, Alain Missorten asked: “Any idea why it is called the Rangoon creeper?”

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    Hot in the city

    B Magazine, Normita Thongtham, Published on 19/04/2015

    » From his home in Soi On Nut, David Swartzentruber wrote to say that he had been trying to grow Spartan junipers in a planting box outside his building. “I must have gone through 15 now deceased junipers. Spartan, they were not,” he wrote.

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    Taking a leaf of faith

    B Magazine, Normita Thongtham, Published on 08/03/2015

    » For the past several decades, Damnoen Saduak in Ratchaburi province has been a popular destination for foreign tourists wishing to see its floating market. While most visitors love it, there are those who think the market is only staged.

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