Hairy can be Beautiful Too

Here are our new hairy gourd seedlings, grown from our reliable Bangkok seeds, bought by reliable Aunty SS (she is a very important person, but I cannot say what she is, except that Mummy calls her Amb…er) and couriered by reliable Aunty SJ (she is not so very important but I like her anyway).

Hairy McClary


Now here is the close up. See? The seeds were pink. Grandpa says it is because the seed people put fungicide on it.

Look at me, me beauty

Apple Cucumber II

Remember my post on the apple cucumber? It’s flowering now, and you can just see the little bud behind.  According to the Thompson & Morgan website (I think that’s where Novice Gardener got the seeds from), apple cucumbers are supposed to be really yummy. So I hope we we get at least ONE apple cucumber to taste.

Thank you again, Novice Gardener!

Novice Gardener recently went on a trip to Europe, and Look What She Brought Back!!! Sorry my photography was off because I forgot the shadows. And I can’t wait to start growing them…

She gave me sweet peas and China asters, and sweet peppers, mixed gourds (surprise!),marrow, 2 Italian sounding pumpkins, and matador spinach. Maybe a bull will come into our garden to eat the matador spinach! She also gave me magnetic bookmarks!

Round 2 Corn!

We’re on a (corn)roll. Our second lot of seedlings grew very quickly, and before we knew it, they have produced:

Tassels on the right

And silks above!

See, the plants are much shorter than the previous 2 stalks. It has been raining a lot so I hope pollination can still take place.

My uncle sent me many different seeds from Eden Seeds in Australia! We have just sowed some popcorn. See this link. Doesn’t the cob look cute? My uncle also sent me some Red Aztec corn seeds – they look a bit scary!

Sharks Fin Melon (2)

Remember my market sharks fin melon from Godma? Well Mummy was worried about how viable the seeds were (in the end they were very viable) so she asked phoodietravelogue whose mummy and sisters are sharks fin melon experts to get me some of their seeds. Phoodietravelogue brought the seeds back, all the way from England, and we popped them into some soil.

Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They germinated really fast, and their stems were super thick and sturdy. Here is one of the 5 we germinated, after only 5 days!!!  Thank you, phoodietravelogue!

PS phoodietravelogue thinks we can market the seeds in fancy packets. We will call ourselves the ChanSharx and label our packets “Exclusive Seeds from the ChanSharx”. Her family name is Chan, you see. Would anyone like some seeds? Or the spare seedling we have (below):

Sharks Fin Melon (1)

Do you know what a sharks fin melon is? It belongs to the same family as the wintermelon. It is round and has dark green, pale green and cream coloured stripes all over. It looks a bit like a watermelon except that it has more light green than dark green. You can buy it at NTUC in slices. When Mummy cooks it in soup, the flesh comes apart in noodley bits, just like sharks fin.

Anyway we all like it (except Grandpa who says it is tasteless), and I read that it is very easy to grow (in England, anyway) so we decided to grow some. Unfortunately the melons at NTUC are all very young so we did not think the seeds would be viable. Godma said she would ask her market vegetable man for a whole, old melon. Her vegetable man thought she was crazy but agreed to ask his supplier. Eventually he got one for Godma and she brought it over. It was 6kg!!!! We put it in the sun to dry it out a bit and when our neighbours praised us for the melon they thought we grew, Mummy smiled and thanked them but I told them the truth!!!

See the plants? We germinated more but I gave them away (2 died though).