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Hopscotch Spring

March 8th, 2014

I couldn’t find the keys to the back garden so Little Bee and I spent the afternoon in the front garden repotting the lemon plant, planting some bulbs (which I can’t remember what they are) that I bought months ago and after a visit from the RSPCA lady, we played hopscotch.

blooming front garden

blooming front garden

hopscotch

main teng teng ;)

 

Yes, let’s take advantage of the weather as you never know what tomorrow will be.

Hyacinth and Amaryllis

January 23rd, 2014

I bought Little Bee some bulbs a month or so back so these are her flowers.

Last weekend, the hyacinths bloomed.

hyacinth

And yesterday it was the turn of her amaryllis.

amaryllis

Little Bee is a happy Bee indeed.

Paper Flower Coming Indoors

September 9th, 2013

Autumn is on its way. The spiders been weaving their webs for weeks now and it is September. Although there’s a forecast of warm temperature for mid-week, who are we kidding? The cold weather is just around the corner and will be staying for months.

So, this morning when I left for work, I decided to bring in my bunga kertas plant… loosely translate to paper flower plant or its proper scientific name bougainvillea spectabilis.

bougainvillea

Oh yes… the picture is out of focus… with it focusing on next door front garden rather than my plant… but I was in a rush.

Hopefully my plant will survive the winter will be out again next summer.

A Pot of Basil

September 3rd, 2013

basil in a pot

G+ Andrew asked me about basil plant after I put up my aubergine post. He said that his basil plant is not doing very well.

I’ve had my pot of basil plant that I bought from Sainsbury’s for a few months now and it is still doing very well on my window sil. My trick?

Water it a little but often… about half a cup in the morning, and half a cup in the evening.

Give it some plant food once a week (or when I remember). I bought a bottle that is specifically for herbs… so it says on the bottle.

And… when you pick the leaves to cook with, don’t pick one at a time, I tend to pick the top shoots and leave the big leaves. By doing this, you’re trimming the plant which encourages more growth. I found that if I keep picking single leaves rather than the top shoots, the plant will start dying.

There you go… that’s how you get your potted basil plant to last for months rather than days ;)

Purple Flowers on the Windowsil

September 2nd, 2013

I love the idea of gardening but I hate the idea of weeding. So my back garden has been full of weed.

But I am trying to embrace container gardening…

So this year, I managed to plant a couple of aubergine plant and put them on my window sil and when I remember I water them… and when I think about it, I will put some plant food in their pots.

The amount of times they’ve shrivel in the heat due to lack of water… I’ve lost count.

But boy was I surprised when I saw flowers blooming last week!

aubergine flower

Maybe… just maybe I’ll get an aubergine or two.

No… I haven’t learnt. I still only water them when I remember and put in some plant food when the thought cross my mind.

Picking Chilis

August 16th, 2013

chili

I haven’t been looking after my garden well… but my plants still reward me with their produce. Today, I went and pick some chilis off the chili plant. Might make same sambal belacan ;)

Flower of the Sun and the Sun is Gone

July 31st, 2013

Back in March, Little Bee planted some sunflower seeds. Once the started to grow and we planted most of the out in the back garden. I left one on the windowsill but a couple of weeks ago moved it to the front garden as it actually took a tumble!

Last week they started to bloom. Lovely indeed…

sunflower

Until…

Yesterday as I was preparing the pizza I saw a squirrel ripping the flower and sat on hubby’s shed, MUNCHING THE SUNFLOWER!! These grey squirrels are such pests!! I can’t plant anything in the garden without being destroyed by them!

It’s been raining for a couple of days… and this morning as I left for work, I noticed snails or slugs been munching on the sunflower in the front garden!

Great…

Oh well… we’ll just have to try again next year.

Strawberries in Pots and a Boot

May 6th, 2013

It’s a long weekend as today is a bank holiday… but instead of horrible weather, this weekend has been lovely indeed! We spent yesterday and today tidying up the garden. Trust me, the garden was horrible… we didn’t do anything in the garden last year because it was just horrible last year… I just hope we do get a summer this year.

Anyway, after a whole day tidying up the garden yesterday, this morning was a bit more relaxed with Little Bee having her breakfast in her tent.

tent

I noticed that the strawberry plant I bought last year… the year before?… has spread everywhere.

strawberry plants

 

strawberry plants

As I dug the strawberry plants up, Little Bee collected snails… as you do.

snails

Most of them are nicely in pots…

potted strawberry plants

… and a boot.

strawberry plants in pots and boot

Then it was watering…

water

And sticking her windmill amongst the forgotten garlic plants.

windmill

Sunflower – 2013

March 29th, 2013

Today I helped Little Bee plant her sunflower seeds. Fingers crossed some will grow in a few weeks ;)

planting sunflowers

Repotting Alice and Adam Plant

January 30th, 2013

More than three years ago, Little Bee came to this world. More than three years ago, Alice and Adam came to visit and Adam gave Little Bee an orange flowered plant. I’m never good at plant names, so it is orange flowered plant.

It went through tough times, it went through loving times, it went through neglect… but it survived.

On the weekend, Little Bee and I cut up the tips of the plant that looked alive, and repotted them in egg shells. Hopefully the roots will grow and they will now thrive.

orange flowered plant