Dilly Dally…

My dill is doing very well in my garden, flourishing away and it sure comes in handy every time I want to cook what we call pa’is ikan

Pa'is ikan buris
*Archive photo*

…or fish wrapped in leaves and grilled over hot charcoal or in my case, in the oven. Incidentally, I’ve tried doing the same thing with udang galah (freshwater prawns) but it turned out somewhat disappointing, nowhere near as nice as with fish, ikan buris especially.

Sometime ago, I noticed that it had started flowering…

Dill, flowering

…and when I shared a photograph on Facebook, somebody said that it would fly all over the place and make such a mess in the event of there being any wind but no, it…

Dill flowers, close up 1

…did not happen that way and is always a delight to look at – those elegant little white flowers…

Dill flowers, close up 2

…on the branches. I went and googled and much to my surprise, though the plant and leaves look the same, the flowers are quite different from the dwarf variety grown in temperature countries.

But talking about the wind, one night, there was a storm and it broke one of the branches of my dill plant so I had no choice but to cut it off. I did not want to throw it away so I trimmed the branch and stuck the cuttings in a bottle of water…

Dill in a bottle

…and much to my surprise, they did survive for a long while and no, the flowers remained and did not fall off and eventually they started to dry up…

Dill flowers, dried 1

I must say that it looks rather nice even when dried…

Dill flowers, dried 2

…and makes a beautiful display of dried flowers for the house, don’t you think?

Author: suituapui

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

9 thoughts on “Dilly Dally…”

  1. The drying flowers make it looks almost like a golden tree. Your lawn looks so neat!

    That would make it kind of auspicious, eh? I enjoy working on my lawn, watering the plants, keeping everything nice and neat, every morning – great exercise and very relaxing too. Great way to pass the time.

  2. These dill are easy to plant, mine is growing well too but I never see them flowering.

    Not quite – pests kept eating the leaves. We had to keep it covered for a long time. The cuttings in the bottle have sprouted roots – I am planting them at a separate place in my garden. Hope they will grow. Looks nice, like willows.

  3. Your dill is doing so well. I tasted dill once in a salad and I thought it was very nice.

    Yes, very fragrant, a hint of celery…or our daun sup, the Chinese celery. Not as strong as Thai basil or daun kesum (laksa leaves).

  4. I was just having a conversation yesterday about growing herbs – or my inability to do so. Send some of your green thumb over here please.

    Keep trying! A lot that I planted all died. Bought this little dill plant in a pot for RM10, glad it survived.

  5. Good to hear your dill survived the storm. I did grew one before but it died off.

    It was hard at first, the birds kept eating the leaves and often broke the whole twigs. Had to keep it covered for a long time…till it was big enough.

  6. That’s a really good effort maintaining the beautiful garden of yours.

    I do it more for the exercise and the relaxation. Great way for old people to pass the time.

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