Monday, 20 October 2014

black berbera : the sweetest fig

Of all the varieties of fig that i grow which is already fruiting Black Berbera is the tastiest and the sweetest. This is also the most expensive variety that i bought followed by black madeira.Both are from Portugal. This is the main crop, unfortunately since the plant is small it only bear 2 fruits.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Rarely mentioned flower

I’ve grown this rose moss since i started gardening which was donkey years ago because it is easily available and easy to grow.  Initially i started with deep purple and pink bicolour. Subsequently my collection grows as more hybrids become available. This creeper is not easily killed as long as it is not overwatered.
I rarely get to enjoy its flower because it blooms when i was at work and already wilted when i reach home. Furthermore sheep really enjoyed it.  Recently i repotted it and move it to the front yard. Today I’m not working and managed to snap its photo in full blooms. Enjoy!

Friday, 12 September 2014

White Brooklyn Italian

That is the name given to a variety of fig that i grow.  I bought this cutting from Israel; the seller bought this cutting from USA who in turn got it from an Italian immigrant who settled in Brooklyn a long time ago.  And now its progeny made Malaysia its home. This is a white fig variety, medium eye, big size and most importantly it is sweet and prolific. Due to climatic difference this fig is not white but yellowish brown  with  red blush. Its fruit is beautiful as well as flavourful, very much enjoyed by my 13 months old daughter.

prolific tree

red blush on  ripe fruit

leaf has 5 finger like lobe

Ripe figs show skin crack

sweet and juicy amber coloured flesh


Ahem! any more ripe fig on the tree?

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Lonely calla

I’ve about 15 tubers of various colour of calla growing since April this year.  This year the weather is not kind to my callas and various imported bulbs. In some pot the tuber show vigorous growth, some moderate and some not are growing at all.   But one tuber managed to overcome the adversity and bless me with a purple bloom (spathe). This is an encouragement to me not to give up in the face of adversity.   

2 week ago

healthy but no bloom

not so healthy

today, a month old flower, color is fading but it is still standing

Thursday, 28 August 2014

long overdue post : grapes

I’ve six grape vines, four of which unknown variety which i bought in Cameron highland and the other 2 are Muscat Hamburg and Alphonse Lavelle. The vines were neglected until i hard prune it in early may because it blocks the sunray from my potted plant.  One of the vines started fruiting at the end of May and ripens just a few days before Eid ul Fitri celebration. Since i never fertilized my grape vines the fruit is smaller than supermarket bought grapes. Every evening my daughter and i will pluck up a few grapes off the vines and pop it in to her mouth.  The grapes were very sweet.  Our activity lasted for a week until my niece who returns home discovers it! Three weeks ago i hard pruned the vines again.  Two of the vines are setting fruit while the rest are showing green bud. Each of those buds will produce several shoots that grow leaves and flowers. This time i fertilize my vines.

newly formed grapes

grapes  getting bigger

ripe grapes

stalk left behind

this photo are taken today 3 weeks after hard pruning