Saturday, March 29, 2008

The North East Monsoon has ended. Without the strong winds one really feels the humidity. I hope the La Nina conditions will persist to bring rain into the area.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Top part of the trunk snapped off this tree aka Pterocarpus indicus

According to the National library board website wood from this tree is used in furniture making. Its red latex is used in native medicine

There a number of majestic looking Angsana trees along Gerald Drive. There are less Angsana trees around these days because thier branches are more fragile and break easilt during thunderstorms. Sometimes the whole tree collapses. These trees were planted extensively by the British in the late 19th century. But a disease that spread from Malacca in Malalysia destroyed them. when singapore embarked on the Garden City campaign in 1967 Angsana trees were planted in great numbers as they grew fast. Sad to say diseases have struck again and other trees have taken its place

Monday, March 24, 2008

A coconut sprouting

There are a number of Cocos nucifera along Lorong Buangkok

Residents of Lorong Buangkok planted these Papayas

Acacia auriculiformis line Lorong Buangkok Road

Close up of the leaves and flowers

According to A Guide to the wayside Trees of Singapore they come from Thursday Island in the Torres Straits. This tree was judged unsuitable for Singapore due to excessive shedding of leaves flowers and seeds.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

My most successful plant was the chilli plant. They can do with little water and they always produce fruit.3 months is all it takes for it to produce fruits. But once the fruits turn bright red, folks staying in the area will dig them out and bring them home. Capsicum frutescens is another immigrant from Latin America

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Avocado sapling aka Persea americana that I planted 3 months ago

It had been dry for much of Febuary. The plants that I planted downstairs have dropped their leaves in response to the drought conditions. I was seriously thinking of watering them. March proved to be a wet month not because of global warming but La Nina weather conditions.
The Avocado tree is originally from Mexico like the Papaya plant.I will have to wait between 5 to 13 years before I can taste the fruits of my labour.I doubt this Avocado sapling will be viable unless I water it three times a week.Found that out visiting the website of the California Avocado commission

Friday, March 21, 2008

Papaya saplings grown on my window ledge before being transplanted

These four papaya plants aka Carica papaya were planted a year ago. They have yet to bear fruits

I might be living in an apartment but that did not stop me from doing any gardening. It helps when my wife has a landscape company and I get to help her experiment with the different kinds of fruit trees. The Papaya plant is easy to grow.They are grown all over the planet where it is warm and frost free. They are believed to have originated in Mexico and Central America.I think they take longer to bear fruits compared to 8 months in commercial plantations because I leave them alone after transplanting.Or maybe they are all male plants as fruits will only be produced by female or hermaphroditic plants.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

This is what we see when we look north from our apartment block.Lorong Buangkok Rd leads to Gerald Drive

This is what I see when I look out of the window in my apartment. On the left side of the woods is one of the last kampongs in Singapore. Imagine the whole north eastern part of Singapore used to look like this before new towns like Sengkang or Punngol was bulit.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

This is a blog on Singapore, a garden city. Located at the southern tip of Peninsula Malaysia and with a land area of about 600 square kilometres. With four million people living on this island attention was paid to green the island to prevent it from turning into a concrete jungle