This is a long-overdue second instalment of my trip to Japan some months back.
Continuing our Kyushu adventure from Fukuoka, my parents and I arrived by train to Kumamoto, a castle town with elements of old and new, as can be seen here.
We lived within walking distance of the castle, and I greatly enjoyed my visit there. I love its wide open spaces, and even though the city was just behind the trees it didn’t feel that way within the castle compounds. I was happy to be in nature, away from city buildings.
This morning, I made my way to the Singapore Botanic Gardens for brunch and saw this wonderful living wall across from its main entrance. I had to have a closer look.
It has a lot of vibrant colours and different textures, and spans at least 50m long. Whoever designed this green wall did a brilliant job. It also attracts bees and other insects. Here are some of the flowers I had photographed.
So you have bought some plants from a nursery, or maybe someone has gifted you a plant, and you now have to figure out where to put it. You decide to maybe to look online and then you begin a process of trial and error, or perhaps you still can’t figure out why plants are just not performing. My family does this at home too, we play musical chairs with our plants sometimes, and it makes perfect sense.
As the seasons change, the sun direction changes also, for example, the sun sits higher in the sky during summer. So for the plants that we put in the ground, we have to be very sure of where to place it that season. Most of the plants we have in Singapore are in pots, so we can move them around as necessary. Also, we have a sunny, yet cooler area that we have created using shade cloth, absolutely necessary during the hot and sunny summer months.
In Australia, Dan and I mainly plant in the ground and practice crop rotation among our 8 garden beds. During summer, we have a designated shady bed for our lettuce, otherwise it will be too bitter for consumption. Some plants will bolt to seed in warmer conditions, coriander is one example.
Each year, Malini Lee generously opens her gardens to Singapore Gardening Society members to sell plants, proceeds of which go to the society. I’ve been wanting to go for a year now, last year I didn’t put in my membership form in time and had missed the opportunity to visit. I was pretty excited to be able to make it down this year, with my mother in tow, she’s a lifetime member.
Malini lives at Namly Crescent and has utilised the space in her garden well. She has a lovely collection of succulents, flowers, edibles and ornamentals, and it was a real treat for us to see and experience.
All plants were priced affordably, and we bought plants for no more than $5 a piece. There were easily hundreds of plants on sale, of many colours and kinds. We took home 10 plants for just $40.
As you can tell, there were lots of plants on sale. She has really great taste in plants, which were laid out nicely around the property.