Going to Seed

You may remember from my last post that I have to study weird things for my English exam. I also have to study idioms. Yuks. Anyway, going to seed means you’re getting all sloppy. It’s not a good thing.

My basil is going to seed, but it is a good thing.


Visit to the Novice Gardener’s Garden

Following from my visit to the Curious Gardener’s wonderful garden, today I finally managed to have some time in the Novice Gardener’s garden! This is what I did:

1. I admired the mulberry bush in the front garden which had a real, black mulberry on it. Imagine, that is the bush she keeps for the BIRDS! There is a human bush at the back. I don’t have a photo of the mulberry because I ate it with Mummy.

2. I admired her pumpkin vines which were all growing in 2 straight lines. Just like my class when we have to move from place to place.

3. Then I admired her pumpkins. There was the kaboucha (left) and a shy local pumpkin (right) and another local pumpkin, sunbathing itself (bottom):

4. Then I noticed Mummy was twitching and green so I looked at other plants like the peanuts. I forgot macro so the photo isn’t very nice, so I won’t post it. I also looked at her purple round eggplant that she kindly offered to let me harvest and bring home (Mummy said not to be greedy, so I didn’t), and then her mimi kangkong. It was a bit odd because she grew mimi on one side of the pot and not-mimi on the other. Her cotton plants have been attacked by mealy bugs. I wonder why?

5. I also admired her beautiful new wintermelon which has a proper wintermelon shape. Novice Gardener said it looked like her figure, so Mummy asked why ours did not look like Mummy’s figure but instead looks like The Big Sister and I. We look like lollipops.

6. Then as a special treat, I got to harvest the biggest local pumpkin! And Novice Gardener gave me some red okra seeds and a bunch of bananas for Mummy to make banana chiffon with! And a massive bunch of Thai basil which smelled very good in the car.

The only sad things about the visit were that Novice Gardener’s nephew was sleeping and couldn’t play (she tried to wake him but he was grouchy) and I got bitten by mosquitoes on my forehead and nose. Otherwise it was a Wonderful Time! Thank you, Novice Gardener!

Return after Plantsitting, Discharge from Plant Hospital

Remember my post about plantsitting for phoodietravelogue? Well, they returned (ok, one of them returned) from their long vacation. Yesterday we sent the plants back to their own home. As you can see:

The lime plant that was so sick recovered even more! It went home with a clean bill of health (see right)!

Then the rosemary also went home in good health, although it was still leaning over in the same direction. I think it is a special horizontal breed of rosemary (see below):

And last of all, here is the pruned basil below:


PS I forgot to confess. The mint died! Mummy thought of replacing it with a pot from Far East Flora but decided not to. Because when The Big Sister was little, she left her guinea pig (called Henry the Second) with her school friend while she went on vacation. Unfortunately Henry the Second died. The Big Sister’s friend was so worried, she bought another replacement guinea pig! Unfortunately it looked quite different so even The Big Sister noticed!!! Anyway the story had a happy ending. Henry the Third was a much nicer guinea pig than Henry the Second, Mummy said. Unfortunately (this post is a very unfortunate one), The Big Sister developed a guinea pig allergy and Henry the Third had to be given away (and The Big Sister cannot become a vet).


Phoodietravelogue is going on vacation, and she left her plants with me. That’s all of us with her plants: basil, mint and lime.

She also left her collapsing rosemary plant with me – see? I think she must have forgotten to rotate it and left it in one position and it grew towards the sun.

Her lime plant is really, really sick. I’ll write about it in the next post.