Friday, November 16, 2012

garden: virgin colour







array of beauties


virgin colour, beauty, youthfulness

virgin colour

8.00 am
thursday morning.

bangchik and kakdah
pasir gudang johor

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Butterfly so beautiful, "lacewing"

pic1  lacewing butterfly

pic2  lacewing butterfly

pic3  lacewing butterfly

pic4  lacewing butterfly

pic5  lacewing butterfly

pic6  lacewing butterfly

pic7  lacewing butterfly

pic8  lacewing butterfly

pic9  lacewing butterfly

pic10  lacewing butterfly

pic11  lacewing butterfly

pic12  lacewing butterfly

The pictures were taken yesterday 13.11.2012 at 6.30pm. The beautiful butterfly enjoyed marigold flower so much that it kept coming back. A quick check in the internet identified it as either plain lacewing  (cethosia penthesilea methypsea) or malay lacewing ( cethosia hypsea hypsina). I can't figure out which one.

bangchik and kakdah
my little vegetable garden

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

cucumber in english, timun in malay.

The trellis is ready, six cucumber seedlings had come up to the fourth leaves. Everything seems set for another adventure with cucumber. The seeds were given last month by Azwar an old friend.

trellis for cucumber

Then we had to be away for two days, attending Yop's convocation in Bangi.  Losing seedlings at that stage is going to be heartbreaking, and to make it worse, our neighbour Syed had to be away too.  So we decided to temporarily put them in the bathroom. We were back on Sunday 4th November 2012, what a relief, they looked alright.

bangchik and kakdah
pasir gudang johor

Monday, November 5, 2012

seedlings and seedlings

Seeds will be obsolete if stored for far too long especially in the kind of weather we are having in Malaysia.  One eggplant was allowed to grow and grow and finally turned yellow. It was so big. I scooped out seeds, and it could easily be thousands.  I germinated immediately, filling up 104-tray. There is no intention of selling them at all, and the whole process is to satisfy my earlier hypothesis that fresh seeds will germinate better.

So, as expected every single seed germinated...... 104!. The most I am going to use is 20 in the vegetable patch over the left side of the backyard.... The rest is for the neighbours and visitors, - kakdah's green giveaways, in a down to earth reply to modern cry - sustainable living. Kakdah may not have the capacity to champion 500,000 strong march down Kuala Lumpur for green living or stop jungle clearing campaign. And all she has is the green pencil to give some colour to the canvas in form of little seedlings giveaways....

eggplant seedlings

two rows of zinnia on the left,  a tray of spinach on the right

After years of  germination attempts,  we can almost gauge what's the outcome, given the age of seeds and weather conditions.  My way is crude, no lab, no meter readings.... just plain layman approach. Like an old fisherman who can tell storm is coming, not repeating weatherman's report on TV but understanding the tingling feeling at ear lobes..... hmmmm...hmmm... haha.

bangchik and kakdah

Friday, November 2, 2012


 Every plant has a story to tell, like us too, humans. This eleborate fern known locally as pakis tanduk rusa or staghorn /deer horn fern really traveled far. It was taken (through division technique) from my sister's place in Perak. Five hundred and fifty kilometers away, or 7 hours by car. I wonder if the spores can travel that far surfing through the sky with it's life-time natural dispersal agent, the wind. Spores are seeds for ferns, so small and light almost like dust.

The fern ended up  the large raintree, at the right side of our house.  It was placed in position by tying up with steel wire. After almost six months, the fern manage to grow and cling to the tree and we had removed the wire.

tanduk rusa

tanduk rusa

tanduk rusa

We measure the overall height of this gigantic fern..... a whopping 6 feet from top to bottom!!
To us, the staghorn fern is still a 6 month old baby...

bangchik and kakdah
pasir gudang johor
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