Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee -- Muhammad Ali
This very inspiring quote simply let us know how the great boxer wins. That is so true for that particular sport. But in gardening, best thing to do is to grow all things with love :-)
There is so much to learn in gardening. I thought I was growing my plants really well but when I step into a beautiful yard I feel really humbled. There are so much to see and grasp from those great gardens (and the gardeners!) that I have been to.
Recently, I was really fascinated by the garden of the Selangor and Federal Territory Gardening Society's honourable patron, Tan Sri Dr Chong Hon Nyan and his wife, Puan Sri Chong Eu Ngoh.
The garden is more than three decades old. All plants are not only thriving well but flowering happily as well. Read more of the garden and the gardening society in this article for NST that I wrote after the visit :-)
I had the privilege of walking into the garden as I am a new member of the society and happened to be there attending the yearly plants and seeds exchange event organised by the society and hosted by the patron and his wife.
I went home with a couple of little young plants. I was so pleased! I love growing young plants as I like to watch them grow. Plus they are labelled with their ID.
Besides the plant exchange, the society was also selling their Volume 1 of their Gardening in Malaysia book.
The society's motto is "All Things Grow With Love". Like it? Join the society or to get their gardening book, go to their website.
FYI new members of the society get to buy the bag below at a special price ;-)
PS: All pics of the garden are taken from the same garden on the same day!
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
My green thumb came only as a result of the mistakes I made while learning to see things from the plant's point of view -- H. Fred Dale
Sometimes the garden offers some surprises! This Gerbera Daisy plant has not been flowering well for such a long time. I was so glad to see its flower stalk coming out from the centre of the plant last week. And this week, the bud opened...
The flower head is not as big as when I first bought it. Wonder how those growers did it? Mine is always smaller (including the leaves) than the original size!
The flower stalk that appeared from the centre of the plant before it opened. In the same pot, I used to have another Gerbera Daisy which was smaller in size (should be the one with orange bloom). It unfortunately rotted due a prolonged rain.
Next to the Gerbera Daisy is my little Brachycome multifida a.k.a Cut-Leaved Daisy... cute as always and always blooming :-D
Another plant that has cute flowers is from an annual called Gypsophila. After I brought the plant home, it was raining for a few days in a row. The plant was wilting away hence, I pruned it to half the size. Still, it looks dreadful.
This Passiflora sp. (probably a cultivar called 'Lady Margaret') is a new vine in my garden. It is wonderful to see how productive the vine is. I just applied a little fertiliser and out came many new blooms. They blossomed one after another :-)
And this Verbena that I have, I have been growing it for a few years now! The plant is so robust and it will just keep growing new stems and blooms... Anyone has the same experience?
Oh, my Jasminum sambac 'Grand Duke of Tuscany' is forever invigorating! Love to be able to smell something sweet in the garden :-)
My Senecio confuses 'Sao Paulo' that I am growing in a pot never fails to send out a flower or two...
Another such bright and cheerful bloom are flowers from my Holmskioldia sanguinea aka Chinese Hat Plant. These brilliant blooms can be spotted from the road :-)
Last week, I managed to repot my two gorgeous Gloxinias into some fresh soil... yippie!!
The old soil was hard to the touch. Though I managed to make it softer, I thought it would be better if I transplant the tubers into new soil...