Monday, September 20, 2010

A tale of 2 gardens

When Petunia visited my garden, she gushed, "Your garden is so lush, like a tropical rainforest."

She's quite right. It's on the second floor, where the air is warm and humid, and deprived of direct sunlight most part of the year. It's the perfect environment for heliconias, banana, episcia, fern and spider lilies to thrive in. The garden is overgrown with large foliage and vegetation that builds upwards to create a dense tropical (mini) jungle.

garden, on the other hand, is all the way up on the 14th floor where the air is hot and dry during the day. At night, cool air filters through the garden, creating a mediterranean like climate. No wonder she can work magic with delicate herbs like lemon myrtle, thyme, rosemary and arugula, and coax pretty flowers out of chamomile, dandelion, hyssop and tarragon. Recently her strawberry plants produced some fruits. This would never happen in my garden!

Now she worries if she can continue growing the same plants if she moves into her new house, a landed property, next year.

If I were to sell my house, I would leave most of the plants behind for the new owner. While it would sadden me to part with my beloved plants, moving matured plants around could traumatise them. Besides, they may not do so well in a new environment. Of course, that would mean I can only sell my house to a plant lover.


  1. Hi Ting, if i were to grow Episcia as a "cover" plant, do they get very invasive? Since most of my Begonias have died, I'm looking for a easy to grow, hard to die specie and Episcia seems to fit the description. Will you suggest to grow them in pots or can just re-pot directly to the ground/planter box.

  2. Hi Wen-ai, it's almost impossible to kill episcia if the conditions are right. I started with a single cutting and now it's growing everywhere in my garden. They like shady and wet places without direct sunlight. You can just toss the cuttings casually on damp soil, cover the stem with a thin layer of soil and they will stay alive. Don't need to repot, just grow directly will do.

  3. Hi Blur Ting,
    Thanks for visiting my blog. You have a wonderful collection of plants. Lot of varieties that I have not even heard of. Was a pleasure reading your posts.

  4. You have beautiful tropical garden! when i first arrived at your blog, by looking at profile photo,i thought you're living in landed property!
    Anyway i have invited you for a game. Check out my blog!

  5. Thanks Natti! Do visit often! :-)

  6. Malar - That's because I have lots of huge pots. It will be hard to move them!

  7. Tropical paradise!! And you are the only person I know who can casually stick things into soil and make 'em grow. It takes so much effort for me to propagate plants.

  8. I like both your gardens in different ways. Yours look so cool and lush. Petunia's look so delicious (so many edibles) and alive.

  9. Hi Ting, your garden is lush and great to have. You bet if a person who loves plant were to buy your house, he would be grateful for the garden that came with the purchase!

    I also left many of my bigger plants at our old place when we moved. Fortunately we found some plant lovers to take over the place.