Sunday, December 16, 2012

Wild but productive

My garden is looking wild and unkempt but we're loving it. The kids are delighted that butterflies and sunbirds visit daily. To be honest, I'm secretly envious of my neighbours who have converted their spacious garden into clean and neat areas for dining and relaxing. Some have even installed hammocks and swings. I barely have space to put out my laundry rack.

Well, if I can't enjoy eating out in the garden, at least I can eat what I grow. The combination of sunny and rainy days have been good for the plants. I'm seeing lots of flowers lately. Even the mulberry plants are fruiting. And the bitter gourd is also ready for eating.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Have a break

 I've given up trying to grow anything new in this wet weather. Nothing seems to germinate these days.
The utriculari (bladderworts), which belong to my son, love the rain. These plants are so intriguing. Their bladder traps are recognized as one of the most sophisticated structures in the plant kingdom.
 The rain is also great for established plants. My garden is now awash with colour and green foliage. Instead of trying so hard to grow vegetables, I'm just going to sit back and enjoy the burst of colours in the garden for now.