Got this from the Oct.GCS gathering and planted them as a ground cover next to the cucumber vines. Now the CG has four types of sweet potato leaves. These are ornamental sweet potato leaves. Not sure how big the root vege would grow under my neglect or care ... LOL
A pot of this plant was given to me by a kind GCS member when she had to leave Singapore for her studies. The plant I received had the leaves cascading about 3-4 feet down. I trimmed them and tried to repot and root them in hanging pots to grow at my landing. However they didn't do well. Some months ago I planted the rest of the cuttings onto the Roselle planter bed as a cover plant. They are growing well and lush under direct sunlight for about 4-6 hours and have alredy covered up the entire planter bed. I think it's about time to trim them down.
This is what they look like after about 6 mths of growth in the ground. I dug up a plot and gave some away. They look like the lemon grass plant. However when the stalks are examined the characteristic redness of the stalks show that they are the cymbopogon nardus. Lemon grass stalks are whitish in color.
Out of the six seeds I got from a forumer only one managed to survive this far. The leaves are large so I guess this would be the normal sized fruit. Now I wonder if it's the Jade or the Green fruit I will be getting. Stay tune!
I saved this pitcher some time ago from a certain death due to neglect at the Passion fruit canopy. I cut off all the dead and dying stems and pitchers and left the entire pot hanging at a new area in the fruit trees area where I built the hanging pot frame. I just kept watering the pot for a couple of months. Slowly and surely I see new stems growing and with them new pitchers too and these pitchers are red due to the sunlight that they are getting from this spot. I also tried propagating the plant using stem cuttings and these are also pitchering in my home. However the pitchers in my bright balcony are green in color and lack the redness that I see in the pitchers in the CG.
One of my CGer was so happy when she saw the white roots popping out of the soil and we have a whole planter of them. These were planted from seeds from what I heard. However the rains during the last couple of days are pretty damaging to the root veges here. Some of the matured ones are rotting away and we've got to wait till Saturday afternoon to harvest due to the internal CG competition judging.
Oh gosh another giant fruit here from the previous vine which my neighbour was taking care of. This pic was taken last week and today I checked the fruit again and it looked even bigger. I playfully extended my palms to measure the fruit and it's my three palms size in length. I noticed that when a vine fruits this way the vine usually has a single fruit growing and no others. I hope that we can get lots of seeds from this fruit!
From the ten luffa seedlings that I planted, five of them managed to grow into adult vines to flower and fruit for the CG. At the moment I have seven luffa fruits and four living vines cos' I discovered one vine got cut off during a grass cutting session the previous day. So I cut down the two fruits to allow the other fruits to mature better and my fellow CGer got rewarded with the two luffas :-) See the happy smile there but she got a bit shy when I took her photo again ... LOL.
My fellow CGer was more upset then me when she discovered that one of the luffa vine got cut off and decided to help me clean the area of grass and set up a barrier to protect the luffa vine. Meanwhile the area cleaner got curious and got to observe what she was doing.
Marigolds are blooming full scale for a couple of plants in the CG. I have to trim them back and also stake them upright cos' they are getting too heavy at the top. Whenever there is rain and wind they tend to bend over low. What do I do with those branches which I cut off? I gave them to my fellow CGer .... this aunty loves the fragrance of the Marigold plants. See how happy she is to receive them from me :-)
Here's an update about a month later ..... the seedlings have branched off after getting their top chopped. Oh how I love the bushy leave effect at this moment. They do look kinda cute. I heard that it takes about nine months for the plant to grow from seedling to the flowering stage. So I got to wait till about end Feb. 2010 before I can see any flowers from mine ... that is if they can survive till then.
We are growing the french beans again. This time we built a bigger trellis for it. The idea of the trellis was obtained from a visit to Hort Park (without the second layer). The frame was built using bamboo poles and I wanted to string the frames with blue raffia to make the netting. However my CGer wanted the second layer built and it was done without me knowing. That is why you don't see the blue raffia netting as I stopped building the netting after the top raffia string was done. My CGer thought that the french bean plant would branch out somewhere and take over the second layer. I didn't agree with her but I didn't want to argue with an elderly lady. I observed from the previous experience that the bean plant tend to just grow straight without branching halfway. So let's just observe the bean plant growing.
Now you see the bean plants have reached the top of the trellis. They didn't branch out to take the second layer built by my CGer. So one evening while we were looking at the plants, I asked her to look at the bean plant trellis. I casually said to her .... you know the bean plants like my "penthouse" on the trellis. They don't like you second story house. And of course .... we both had a hearty laugh about it.
Here's a pic for rememberance. Our visitor from NParks came to tour our CG and she had given us many useful suggestions on how to landscape our CG better. We noted many useful tips to make the Fruit Trees area more presentable. Together with her is our RC chairman on the right and the CG leader on the left.
I participated in an adenium growing project organised by the GCS forum group. Received the seeds and germinated them in May this year. Five of them managed to survive till this growing stage. The seedlings here were four months old and they had just shifted to a bigger 'house'. Will be putting them in the CG to receive full sun for at least half a day ... rain or shine.