Basil Is the Best

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Wished I can grow more basils! The plant multiplies easily and flowers freely. I was so amazed by its little blooms.  

At first I was caught by surprise with its first bloom. Again, by afternoon, the second bloom opened. How sweet!


Day by day, more blooms appeared. Watching them in close proximity gave more satisfaction as I was able to see the details of the flower more.



I have two other basils thriving in the garden (see pic below). I have been pruning the Thai basil on the left before the flowers appear. The sweet basil on the right has yet to flower. 



I was so happy to chance upon one big flower bud from an orchid. The bud was big, signalling a big bloom and it is a cattleya. The flower turned out big no doubt but some parts of the flower were eaten by an insect or something else. There was a big hole in the lip of the flower, sigh :(  



My gloxinia is still blooming. More blooms appeared after the first flush of flowers. They all were very long lasting due to the wet weather. 



After all the rain, my pot of kai lan is still thriving...



So is the okra...



Nature is showing me colours of my garden, yay :D See...



Bright yellow is my favourite!



Happy gardening! 

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14 comments

  1. Basil grow easily! The orchid look so beautiful! Hope you find the culprit!
    Seems you are growing more vegetables! ;)

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    1. I have snails in my garden, Malar. Not sure if it is the one that created the hole. Re vegetable, I have increased the space for growing it, hence you are seeing more of vegetables now. Thank you for finding the orchid beautiful :)

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  2. Waw... love the orchid! And the hibiscus looks awesome.

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    1. The hibiscus blooms seldom appear close to each other like that. Glad it happened this time. The orchid is amazingly huge as compared with its foliage. It is a pity that it is spoilt with the hole...

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  3. Hello Steph!:) I'm so sorry that it's been so long since I visited, real life get's in the way of blogging sometimes, and I often feel exhausted, and energy depleted but I always enjoy my visits to you and thank you so much for yours. I have never cultivated herbs, but recently bought a book on how to recognize wild herbs. I didn't know that Basil produced flowers, perhaps now I will be able to find wild Bazil growing on our property. Your Hibiscus and Gloxinia are beautiful.:) Enjoy the rest of the weekend.:)

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    1. Hello Breathtaking! It is so wonderful to hear from you!! I also feel tired of blogging sometimes but thank goodness for bloggers like you who always have encouraging words to say :) Wild herbs? Wow! What a great book to read. Hope I can find one here. Thank you for sharing!

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  4. Your plants are a delight! I grow basil as well, and make a herb mix. For the plant to grow well, I pinch the flowers. Only when I require seeds, I let the flowers grow. Happy gardening. :)

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    1. Hello Asha! Great to hear from you and about your herb mix. I have several herbs now. My latest addition is a tarragon. Happy gardening herbs :)

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  5. Hi Stephanie, i like your orchid. I haven't seen that big before.

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    1. Hi Adam, come to think of that, this bloom is the biggest orchid flower in my garden thus far.

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  6. Hi,

    I know it's not relevant with this post...but could you please tell me what kind of soil mix should I use to plant a azelea plant, also the sunlight and the water requirements...it would be of great help ....thank you in advance...

    -Subham

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    1. Hi,

      I normally use equal parts of black soil, burnt soil (or coarse sand) and compost with some leaf mould (or peat moss). Azalea do well in the full sun as well as partial sun locations here. I water the plant daily during sunny days.

      Hope this helps :)

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  7. Yes, I love Basil. I used to grow monster bushes and pesto was a must to use the leaves. Now, the munchers, grasshoppers have found out that it tastes great and eat it all, like the peppermint too. I do not like to kill but with grasshoppers there is no pardon unless it has big blue eyes, as it happens sometimes...grr. Your flowers look delightful, love the soft pink Hibiscus.

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    1. Wish I could have a big pot or a ground space for a monster basil bush. Love eating pesto pasta a lot, of late. Those grasshoppers that come to my garden are usually golden green and huge. They look awful too!!

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