Pitiably small, but cute and pretty, at least ...

While Turmeric ( Cucurma longa ) plant is considered one of the easiest plants to grow for most gardeners, it is not the case with me. Just like my previous, totally failed Madeira Vine ( Anredera cordifolia ), my Turmeric plants are also my failure of the year. 

From as many as over ten plants last December, they were reduced to only one surviving plant this December. Which I had eventually dug up this morning, with high hopes. But, only to reveal a pitiably small clump of turmerics that is no bigger than my small palm. Sigh!

Nevertheless, do cheer up, Jade! For at least it looks cute and pretty! 😀


Meanwhile here ...

I would like to wish you all, wonderful people from around the world ...

a VERY Happy ' Dongzhi ' or Winter Solstice Festival, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2019!

See you all again next year!

Garden Update - December 2018 ( Potted Ornamental Plants Corner )

Sadly,  my poor pink Air Mata Pengantin or Bride's Tears or Chain of Love or Coral Vine or Mexican Creeper ( Antigonon leptopus ) and my multi-coloured Lantana ( Lantana camara ) had gone from my backyard garden in Ipoh forever, due to my frequent, inevitable neglects. How I miss them! 

Fortunately, Mum's best-loved plant,  Golden Trumpet or Common Trumpet Vine or Yellow Allamanda ( Allamanda cathartica ) is still thriving. Though it seems to take forever to grow big and strong, and flower. Much unlike its countless siblings and relatives that reside whether by the roadsides, in other peoples' gardens, in the parks or in the wilds. Oh, how my patience is put to test!

Thankfully, my little Frangipani ( Plumeria rubra ) did not seem to mind my neglects all the while! It bloomed, rather profusely, nonetheless. But then, oh, how just very short a time good things always seem to stay! Before I managed to really find my time to be in the garden to enjoy them ( the blooms ) to the fullest, they had all come to an end. The last precious bloom, somehow, happened to fall off the tree onto the ground, right before my eyes, just when I was about to lean over to smell its fragrance the other day. Its mere, a little over a month long flower show had finally, officially ended, then and there. What is left now is only clusters of its white-yellow blooms in picture. Oh, how I wish I could touch and smell them once more!

Recently, after having fed my Frangipani with cow manure fertilizer, I am hopeful again. Given its long-known love for manure, I am quite certain that in no time, some new, strong branches and leaves would form. Perhaps, soon after, longer and more spectacular flower show could happen! Wish me luck!

All for now! Thank you for reading this! Bye!

So, long live my dear Gynura plants!

I have been growing Gynura bicolor ( Heng Feng Cai or Okinawa Spinach or Sambung Nyawa Ungu ) plants at one end of my backyard planter where on most days of the year, sun exposure is minimal, for more than a year now. 

Initially, I grow them for their nutritious leaves. 

They are especially easy-to-grow plants. I just have to buy them once and eat their leaves. And use their inedible stems to get things started. All I do is stick their bare stems into the soil. I do not even have to pre-root them. They just grow. No matter the soil condition and weather. However, they do have some particular likings. Come rainy season, their growth obviously accelerated incredibly. Often, exponentially. Or so it seems. Yes, they love lots of water. And less hours of sun. Shade, particularly. 

I have many a time harvested their leaves. And eaten them as stir-fried vegetables. They taste rather strange. Frankly, I do not quite enjoy them as vegetables. Neither do my sisters. So, I stop harvesting them.

These days, I leave them all to the occasional, visiting grasshoppers, who find their leaves tasty,  to enjoy as they wish. I am most happy for them. For at least some creatures appreciate them as food. 

But whether or not they are appreciated as food, no way would I give up on them. Not any time soon. At least. As I love them. Their green purple foliage is just too admirable to part with yet. I would continue to grow them. And enjoy them for their beauty instead. Until I get tired of them ...