We have always been fond of the tree lizard that lived in our long beans and various other plants, and his more visionary friend that lived in our pumpkin plants.
I told you that our neighbour put up 6 lovely trellises for Mummy, right? When the trellis went up, a skinny lizard staked out his territory and sat balefully on a naked trellis. It must have been hot and uncomfortable but he sat it out.
Rather like the Pioneer Generation, don’t you think? He knew good times were coming.
True enough, the bittergourd plants grew lush and lusher, all around him.
Grandma is very unhappy about Mr Lizard being amongst the bittergourds. She thinks he will eat the bittergourds or the leaves or the vines. I told her lizards are insectivores but she claims he looks much much more padded out so he must be eating the plants. This reminds me of The Big Sister who says it is no point claiming that salad is diet food. Just look at pandas!
For the last year and a half, our neighbours have been rebuilding their house. They razed their old house to the ground and built a mansion in its place! We have been suffering from noise, dust and traffic jams because of all the construction vehicles.
Our neighbours decided to build a lap pool along their wall that adjoins us. They asked Mummy very nicely if we would consider chopping down our lovely bamboos that grew along that side of our house. Bamboo leaves are fatal for swimming pool filters!
Mummy is a firm believer in being a good neighbour so she agreed with a heavy heart (she is very fond of bamboo, you see). Our neighbours tried to make it up to her by building 6 sets of 2.1m trellises along that wall and we have started our new climbing vegetable garden!
Here are the bittergourds. Daddy took the photo but strangely managed to avoid getting many of the bittergourds in the photo. If you look hard you can see 3. Actually we have about 8 and have harvested one already. Look at the number of flowers we have!
Here are the long beans. Remember our bananas had a signal banana? Well our long beans followed their example. Here is the signal bean which I yanked off before school this morning. I am holding it down by my shoes so you can’t see my face. Daddy says privacy is privacy. Hmmmm ignore my tummy!
And here is the trellis for the long beans. Don’t the plants look healthy?
Actually this is a bittergourd, but isn’t it ugly even for a bittergourd? The Big Sister will say it looks better than it tastes!
With bittergourd, and hairy gourd, and chilli plants all in a row.
After giving us many, many bittergourd, our bittergourd plants caught powdery mildew from all the rain and the overgrown frangipani that blocks out sunlight. I wonder if the plants caught the mildew from Curious Gardener’s marrow!
Here is a leaf which looks as if someone sprinkled icing sugar on it:
I think the whole trellis is a goner!
Guess what. My bittergourd plant is celebrating with me. You know I just had a birthday and now I am nine? In celebration, the bittergourd plant has 9 bittergourds (fat and healthy like me) growing on it. Actually it had 10, but Mummy cut one off so that this story is more exciting.
Count for yourself:
Just like Novice Gardener. The Big Sister says Novice Gardener can keep her bittergourd benefits. She tries to escape her daily bittergourd juice in the morning. I sure hope it is keeping her insides healthy because it isn’t doing anything for her outsides.