Bring me to life…

My blogger-friend, Phong Hong, blogged about her “horny” plant here. Horns? I have that same plant in my house compound but I ain’t seen no horns in mine. Well, I guess that comes as no surprise as mine was half-dead, only the wood was left but thank goodness, with a little bit of effort and tender loving care, I managed to bring it back to life…

Flowering

No, I did not do very much actually, just regular watering and weeding and I did add a bit of fertiliser to the soil. If I am not mistaken, people call this Fook Kui Hua and it is believed to bring good luck. Hmmm….now that it is thriving pretty well, I sure am waiting for that to happen.

My daum kesum

Daun kesum

…is growing very well now too, nice big leaves and yes, I did fertilise the soil around it a bit too…and so are my Thai basil plants…

Thai basil

…my serai (lemon grass), kunyit (turmeric), curry leaves, pandan (screwpine) and yes, I do plant a lot of spring onions too, more than I need actually but it sure is good to have things growing in one’s own garden that I can just go and pluck as and when I need any instead of having to go all the way to the market to get some. For one thing, they will sell in bulk, like say RM1.00 worth of spring onions, and when I only need a little bit, the rest would go into the fridge and eventually, it will wither and end up being thrown away. What a waste!

I don’t know what this is…

Hard as stone

My missus got the plant from her sister-in-law who told her that they were good for people suffering from breast cancer, not that any of us needs any, touch wood! They’re as hard as stones and my missus did pluck some once and boiled but the water was quite tasteless. Maybe that was not the way, we wouldn’t know.

I can’t say that our mulberry plants are flourishing but they are doing all right and yes, they do bear fruit…

Mulberry

…regularly so my missus has a constant supply for her to make her drinks.

We do have a few ornamental plants around as well…

Leaves

…most of them in pots, and these purple butterfly-like leaves…

Butterfly leaves

…were almost all gone at one time. I saw a few tiny ones left in the pot but like the Fook Kui Hua, I managed to give it the attention due and revive it as well.

I noticed that the flowers close at night and they bloom again…

Butterfly leaves, flower

…once the sun comes up and like the sunflower, they will follow the direction of the sun.

I guess plants are like humans too – you can’t just plant them and leave them to survive on their own in the sun and the rain. They do need some care and attention as well.

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Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

14 thoughts on “Bring me to life…”

  1. I love nature and I absolutely love these photos!

    Yes, now that they are growing well, it is nice to stand back and look at them, sort of therapeutic. The regular weeding needed can be quite a chore though especially here when it can get really very hot even in the late afternoon.

  2. I have a pot of the purple leaves plant. Once a while a flower will bloom. Yum yum. Mulberry.

    I think you have lovely garden now.

    Mine has flowers all the time – they close at night and re-bloom when the sun comes out. Love the leaves, and the flowers too – very nice colour.

    Not really nice, my garden but the existing plants are thriving much better now. The weeding is such a chore especially when it is so hard for me the squat – my big watermelon gets in the way – and once I sit down on the ground, it would be so hard for me to get up again. Sighhhh!!!! So fat and so old, so useless. πŸ˜₯

  3. I don’t have green fingers like you but luckily hub has. Your plants are growing well, eh!!…Last time we have a few pots of fook kui hua & at one time, people say they are poisonous, so throw them away. The butterfly-like leaves are beautiful & very unique.

    Yes, I heard about the Fook Kui Hua…and a lot of people threw theirs away – then a while later, news went round that it was not true. Too late – everybody got rid of theirs already. They said the same thing about the periwinkle too…and now, it is the money tree – whole family got cancer because they planted that, they said.

    I like the butterfly leaves, very unique. I saw only two or three tiny leaves left, like tahi hidung…but I managed to revive it – now, it looks very good. Hopefully, it will stay that way.

  4. You do have green fingers! Just look at your nice plants once you have tended to them. Growing well. I like to eat mulberry. I also don’t know about the plant with fruits hard as stone. I wonder what they are.

    Dunno. My sister-in-law will tell my missus and she would bring some seedlings home and plant…including the Sabah snake grass, a possible cure for cancer, I heard but now I know better – they say it may help cancer patients but healthy people must not take them as it is very strong, like chemotherapy, and may cause kidney damage. Gotta be careful with these things, can’t believe everything we hear.

  5. Despite your claim of not having green fingers, your plants look very healthy.

    I didn’t plant them, my missus did. I just decided to do something to spruce them up a bit, after all that neglect. But if I try planting something of my own, somehow they would die on me. Too much love, also no good, I guess. πŸ˜›

  6. Nice garden shots. I didn’t know the climate would grow mulberries here. We used to pick them wild when we were kids.

    I’ve seen others’ – so many branches, so many leaves so I guess, many fruits too. Ours are just ok, enough fruits all the time for my missus to make her drinks and enjoy.

  7. Gosh your plants look wonderfully healthy … That kesom! I can imagine it would serve really well in cooking. Now you make me wanna grow something! πŸ˜‰

    An essential ingredient in the ethnic Dayak ayam pansoh – nice also even if we do not cook it in bamboo. The daun kesum will enhance the taste, very nice!Wait a minute! You said you don’t cook, so no point planting all these. Try cactus – will ward off evil spirits, they say. Hehehehehe!!!!

  8. Lemon grass are now sold at RM1 for a few or 5 stalks.. no more 50 sen.. so better to plant own… can use them regularly to boil soup or drinks, heard that they are good for the joints especially boiled with green apples.. πŸ™‚

    Here, they sell RM2.00 for one big bundle and then we use 2 or 3 only, what a waste. My missus tried keeping them in the freezer but no, they were not all that good after a while. Best to plant one’s own – so easy, just stick the stalks in the ground…and other than the many health benefits, they scare away mosquitoes too!

    I also plant spring onions, also very easy – just bury the shallots in the soil and wait – the spring onions will appear – more than enough for us to use…and we have kunyit (turmeric), pandan and curry leaves too, other than the Thai basil leaves and daun kesum.

  9. Eh, yours got horns lah! Look at the lowest branch. I see a pair of long horns! You must have missed it. And oh, so many flowers, mine not flowering that much. Your herbs are doing rather well. Mine all kaput due to the hot weather and I sometimes forget to water them 😦

    Gee!!! Mine is as horny as yours then. Muahahahaha!!! Birds of the same feather. πŸ˜€

  10. Your Adenium is blooming so beautiful. Love to see some nature post in your blog. πŸ˜€

    Sometimes, too much food also jelak hor? πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  11. I loves plants, but no fate with them…

    I only tend to them, take better care of them. When I try to plant my own, not much success either. 😦

  12. Seems like you have quite some planting! I don’t really like gardening, but I can imagine the feeling when one harvest the plants/fruits, surely a great sense of achievement!!

    I just did something to revive the sad-looking plants in my garden, not really into gardening either but yes, it does make one feel good to see the encouraging results.

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