All good…

If you’re wondering how my rambutan tree is at this point in time, it’s doing really well, growing bigger…

Rambutan tree

…and sprouting new branches everywhere…

New branches

I’m taking better care of it now, watering it every day instead of just leaving it to survive on love and fresh air and of course, there is the regular weeding to be done and  I will trim the branches on the right so they will not touch the (roof of the) house lest there will be ants crawling over, those unwelcome guests.

I am also trying to make that little corner…

The little corner

…in my front yard a little bit more presentable. My friend gave me a whole lot of this spider plant…

Spider plant

…and I planted some there as well…

Periwinkle and the rest

That periwinkle on the right appeared out of nowhere in one of my flower pots so I moved it there and this plant…

Purple flowers
*Photo taken using my cheap antique handphone camera*

…keeps growing out of the cracks in my driveway but it is very hard to transplant because when I pull it, the roots will not come out together with the rest of the plant. I did manage to get some and transplanted them at a much nicer place in my garden and yes, they are doing well too. I planted this one in a cute little flower pot in the house but it did not seem to do too well – it flowered once, just one flower and it was very small and that was it. Since I transplanted it here, it does seem to be doing well and finally, it started flowering the other day.

I’ve also sawn away all the trunks of my curry leaf plant except one so it would look neater and that one would be more than enough for our regular supply of curry leaves as and when needed. I saw it at a supermarket the other day, withered already and selling for RM1.90 a kg and at another supermarket, I saw around 8-9 springs in  a long plastic pack going for RM1.00! Good grief! My friend said she would want to plant her own as well so I transplanted some seedlings in a pot…

Curry leaves transplanted

…though I do not know right now if they will survive or not. I had three serai (lemon grass) cluster and they went out of control so I got rid of two and even with the one left, I would have to trim it regularly to make sure it behaves…and I moved one of my pots of aloe vera there to fill up the vacant space in front.

My missus went and planted these yellow flowers…

Yellow flowers

…at the plot where the lily is and they are absorbing all the fertility in the soil – the poor lily is getting thinner and thinner and it has flowered once only so far, and the blooms were somewhat small. I keep pulling out the seedlings of these yellow flowers and throwing them away, and yes, I’ve planted some at the corner lot as well.

My missus, for reasons unknown, got rid of my old Thai basil plant and replanted some cuttings that she was soaking in water for sometime…

Missus' Thai basil

…but they do not seem to be growing at all. Perhaps in time, they will flourish; I’ll just have to wait and see. I took two cuttings from the discarded plant and poked them into the soil in between some bricks and just look at them now, here…

My Thai basil 1

…and here…

My Thai basil 2

…but no, I think I will let them grow a bit bigger before I start plucking and adding them in my cooking.

I wonder if the location makes a difference or not – the kunyit (turmeric) my missus planted a long time ago somewhere in the middle never grew and we did try digging it up a few times but no, there was nothing that we could use. I transplanted it to the side to make way for my ulam raja plants and just look at it now…

Kunyit

I am pretty sure there would be a lot underneath the soil but we have yet to find out.

Talking about my ulam raja

Ulam raja flower

…I still have some left after getting rid of quite a lot to make way for my chili but unfortunately, not long after the seedlings appeared, quite beautifully, the pests got to the leaves and ate them all up. I was collecting the seeds and the seedlings of the ulam raja to give to friends so right now, they are pretty much under control. At one time, they were sprouting out anywhere and everywhere.

I must say I am enjoying myself and at least, I do get to exercise a bit and sweat a lot every day.

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