Saturday, August 21, 2010

Weeding Platoon

Once in a while the leader of the elderly exercise group would bring her group of people into the CG to help do some weeding activity. All would be given a plastic bag to fill up with weeds from the garden and then if there were harvests from the CG, they would be given some. Just last week the RC chairman gave them a breakfast treat for the National Day Celebrations. I took some pics and all were happy to smile for the camera.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Hoya Section Update

This section is slowly getting filled. There is still room for more :-)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Bulbs Progress Pt.1

The gladiolus bulbs are shooting up, fast !

The dahlia bulbs finally show signs of shoots .... :-)

Monday, August 9, 2010

Episcia Lil' lemon

I love the foliage of this family of plants. I am trying to find a suitable place to grow them in the CG. They need bright shade with some morning sun and love moist but not wet soil. So here I have tried growing them under a tree with some red leaf plants surrounding them to give them some more shade from the late afternoon sun and also humidity too. It seems to be working for the moment. Let's see how they grow.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Bulbs (gladiolus N dhalias)

I bought these corms from a member who hand carried them from Amsterdam back to Singapore. I shared the corms with some members and we are planting them together at about the same time to help check each other's progress on the corms.

I see the first signs of life here ... a couple of green shoots in two of the pots with gladiolus corms.

This grey pot contains the dhalia corms, three of them and no signs of shoots yet. Now I just have to wait.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Five Brugmansias On The Ground

Finally I found the ground for them. Thanks to a couple of kind GCS members who gave me cuttings to grow them in the CG, I now can only wait in anticipation for the flowers and heavily feed them till they flower maybe in a year's time.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Hibiscus Propagation Update

The leaves have grown bigger, some roots are already growing out of the bottoms of the cups and I suspect a couple of them even had flower buds because I saw some underdeveloped buds fell on the ground next to the cups during the rainy days last week. The pic below has a bud developing there if you look carefully.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Succulent Dishes

I revamped the succulent patch cos' it was growing wild and weedy. Put up these two succulent dishes for the smaller plants.

Succulent Dish 1
The pic below was taken last week and this week when I checked the dish the two Kalanchoes have disappeared. Looks like snails had a feast with the Kalanchoes. Somehow the pebbles don't seem to deter snails from crawling into the dish and they sure know what succulents to chew on. Now got to patch up that empty spot.

Succulent Dish 2
This is still intact and I put the Earth Star there to see how it does in the dish at the growing area. So far so good .....

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


These are the ones we planted using the chopped off heads from the pineapples bought from the market. They have been growing for a year and we are still waiting for the fruits.

The two pots below were brought into the garden by a CGer and they are the ornamental pineapples. I believe we will get mini pineapples from them. Their leaves are really pretty when they turn reddish after they receive enough sunshine.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Red Hibiscus

I saw this pinkish red hibiscus growing in the ground outside the house of a friend and fell in love with the big flower. The size of the flower was as large as my palm stretched out. I am rooting cuttings now .... :-)

The hibiscus bush is huge and almost two stories high but it is flowering quite profusely.

Monday, August 2, 2010

A Solitary Bowl Gourd Fruit Harvest

The vine was doing pretty well after I added in the compost and the vermicompost fertilizer. There were many tiny fruits forming. My CGers were looking at them in anticipation of their harvest. However the rains that came almost everyday in the last two weeks dampened all hopes cos' I noticed the area where the vine was planted didn't drain out the water well. So the vine started to rot and the baby fruits also started to rot and the leaves turned browned. Only one fruit despite all odds managed to grow a good size.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Winter Melon Babies Sleeping In The Garden

We have three growing on the vines this very moment and they are huge and heavy. One of our CG helper decided to make three mini hammocks for them to lie down. Many people passing by the CG fence often gaze in awe at the 'babies'.