Saturday, January 15, 2011

So much rain

We have been getting lots of rain lately, my plants are well hydrated, so much so that the episcias are doing so well.

I was quite surprised to see the succulents thriving as well.

Last Christmas I bought a high pressure water jet for more efficient cleaning of the patio space. After a major clean-up, my garden looks quite bare and neat now. I ended up with lots of empty flower pots and garden soil. While I was tempted to grow more episcias, I decided to take advantage of the cool season to grow some lettuce and coriander. I hope to show photos when the seeds germinate.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Flower Market Street

During my short stay in Hong Kong, I visited Flower Market Road to find the mood very festive and cheery.

I was drawn to the outdoor kiosks selling knick knacks for the home and garden.

Most of the flower stalls were selling narcissus (shui xian hua, 水仙花) an auspicious plant for the Chinese New Year. I bought a bulb back to Singapore, hoping that it will grow well in our tropical climate.

Another popular flowering plant is the Azalea.

I was particularly impressed with the way they've trained the branches of these azaleas (below) into a long and horizontal shape.

The Chinese New Year is a month away. Can you imagine how packed the streets would be in the days leading to the new year?