Sunday, November 27, 2011


I finally harvested two radishes yesterday. They were a bit dry because I harvested too late but still, the thin slices went so well with blue cheese and brie.

Thursday, November 24, 2011


I am often so reluctant to eat my own produce that they end up rotten. I didn't eat the mulberries in time and they were gone when I went looking. The birds or snails must have eaten them or they simply rotted away.

Just look at these gorgeously plump limes. One is so large (thanks to the rain), it almost looks like a small orange. I'm sure I can get loads of juice from it.

One is already rotting away.

And one has fallen onto the ground.

Now I am quite unwilling to harvest the radishes. I have all of 6 fully developed ones and they have grown so nice and round, I don't have the heart to eat them.
I wonder if other gardeners have this same problem.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Charming lotus flower bouquet

I really love how simple yet charming this bouquet is. It was created by the equally charming owner of a boutique hotel in Siem Reap called Villa Medamrei. I would love to stay there again.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


The hoya keeps flowering. They're so pretty, they look like little bridal bouquets!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Mulberries already?

Just a month ago, I planted four mulberry cuttings in a pot. Two didn't quite make it and died soon after. Of the other two, one seems to be doing really well, so well that it produced a small bunch of fruits.

Today, I discovered that the fruits are ready for eating. This is awesome for a small plant that is not even a foot tall.

3 days later...

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Riot of colours

My son is also into gardening and has shoved his collection of bromeliads, orchids and nepenthes into my patio. It's getting crowded but I'm not complaining because when everything starts to flower all at once, the garden is no longer just green but peppered with bits of yellow, purple, pink and orange all over.

Friday, November 4, 2011


Recently I bought a cute succulent because I was attracted to the curly leaves. The plant came with long limpy flowers which weren't attractive by any stretch of the imagination.

After the flowers were gone, I was intrigued to see small red ball-like fruits forming at the tip of the leaves. The fruits look succulent, almost like you could eat them.They are small though, like the size of grapes.

While watering the plant today, I noticed that some of the ripe ones have indeed been eaten, likely by birds visiting the window sill. The flesh inside is white with lots of tiny black seeds, almost like miniature dragon fruits. I am curious to know what this plant is. If you can help me identify, that would be great.

We've had dragon fruits growing at my parent's farm for years, so there is indeed some similarity except that the real dragon fruit plants tower over me and they produce really large fruits. (below)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Little red cuties

These babies are so cute, I can't stop raving about them! I know I sound like a gardening idiot but when I sowed the cherry radish seeds along with carrot and lavender seeds, I wasn't expecting anything to germinate.

In a way, I was quite right because there are still no signs of carrot or lavender seedlings to date. The only thing that worked are the radish seeds. I have grown the long white tropical ones before but these red round ones are my first. I always thought they can only do well in cooler climates.

Granted, the weather has been very cool lately, I'm still surprised at how well these babies are doing in this humidity.

I've also had lots of success growing arugula (rocket), so it only goes to show that you'll never know unless you try.