I have posted about Novice Gardener’s mulberry plant before, especially about how it started sprouting fruit everywhere. Anyway for a while it did very little and Mummy was eyeing it. It behaved just like me when I don’t finish my homework and Mummy gives me the evil eye. It produced lots and lots of fruit, just look!
Remember my mulberry that had a reprieve from adoption?
We followed Novice Gardener’s advice. She said, prune savagely. Mummy says her brother prunes human arms and legs, so she probably learned from him?
Here is a limerick, composed by Mummy:
After being savaged, it’s liberally bestrewn
With fruit so cute
Novice Gardener, I salute
For my mulberry with fruit is festooned!
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!
From the Mother Weed: Our mulberry plant has been living on the edge. The pruned (as advised by Novice Gardener) mulberry plant was loaded into our car, to be delivered to a high-rise friend. At the eleventh hour, a long-faced Weed came downstairs to plead for clemency, on grounds that it had one fruit. Since I was reminded that pregnant women cannot be put to death (well, not before they deliver the baby), I was obliged to unload the wretched plant. I fully expect that the sole mulberry will be eaten by birds tomorrow.
Before you tell me what a kind, good-natured child the Weed is, let me finish the story. 4 hours after the mulberry had its sentence commuted, he was merrily in the garden with a pair of kitchen scissors, dissecting the useless Far East Flora pumpkin vines, without a sigh of regret. So much for waiting til 10 May which was the set execution date. Amnesty International for Pumpkins would be picketing outside our house!