There are many types of basil, but this particular one is known as Thai basil or Ocimum basilicum ssp.
A friend gave me the plant several months ago. I’ve seen the leaves being used in Thai dishes but never like the taste and the smell of it.
Thai basil has purple stems and flowers and spear-like leaves. Since it is a tropical plant, it should be placed in a spot receiving at least six hours of direct sunlight a day.
From what I read, propagation can be done by sowing seeds and stem cuttings. Perhaps in days to come I will let the flowers dry and see whether there’s any seed to harvest.
However if you are into harvesting the leaves for cooking ingredient, you shouldn’t let the basil flower. Pinch the flower when it appears and trim the tip to make it bushy.
Thai basil is also a good companion plant if you are planting other type of vegetables. The strong aroma could help repel pests.
After 12 days of sowing the seed of labu manis which I bought at pasar malam for the purpose of cooking sayur air, this is how the leaves look like, very green and healthy.
But check out 3 days later, a bad and evil grasshopper (as reported by Mr Hubby) has been eating the leaves. My son said, bad grasshopper, bad grasshopper..haha!
I am yet to see the large grasshopper in person every time I go out and water the plants. I hope it won’t continue digesting all the leaves as I plan to pick the young shoot of labu manis (pucuk labu) to cook masak lemak.
When I bought this flowering plant at Floria many years ago, the seller told me that the Malay name is bunga susun kelapa. That time my main intention is to have as many scented tropical plants in my garden like kesidang, kemuning and bunga cina.
Over the years, the plant has been growing well, budding a lot but failed to bloom.
Recently after I have moved it to a different spot in my limited yard, I noticed the buds start to bloom.
The scientific name for bunga susun kelapa is Ervatamia coronaria. It is known as East Indian Rosebay, one of Indian herbs. Check more info here: East Indian Bay, Indian Herbs.
I think I will try to propagate it by cuttings soon just in case it decides to die on me like my gardenia plant.
I have decided to stop planting flowering plants and try edible gardening.
About 2 weeks ago, I bought labu manis or pumpkin from the nearby pasar malam to be cooked sayur air. Since I have to remove the seeds, I thought why not try to plant them in soil. After all I have so many empty pots after the roses decided to die on me 4 months ago..huhu!
Look what I found after 5 days. Never thought the seeds will sprout so soon since I’ve read that they usually take around 7-10 days to sprout.
Then I decided to plant the seeds of sawi bought from tanamsendiri.com in February 2013.
Look what I found after 2 days.
I just hope most of the sprouts will continue to grow. I can’t wait to cook sayur sawi tanam sendiri..haha!
These pictures of seven sisters rose were taken earlier this month. It has been raining almost daily since it’s monsoon season. Fortunately the seven sisters does not suffer so much except for the attack of thrips and occasionally blackspot fungus on the leaves.
This was taken right after the rain stops one afternoon. The fragrance of seven sisters is heavenly, one of the best reason why a rose lover should have one in her garden..heh!
I lost many of the buds due to thrips. Some managed to bloom halfway and then they wilted. I have to spray chemical pesticide/insecticide every now and then to maintain most of my rose plants.
For more info on seven sisters, please read my previous entry – Seven Sisters Rose.
I bought this wonderful yellow rose plant in May 2012. Ever since then it has bloomed quite profusely.
I am not sure what kind of rose the plant is, even the real ID is unknown.
The other rose lovers I know call it Lemon Sonata. So for the sake of identification, we’ll call this Lemon Sonata until the exhibition name could be found.
I think it’s a hybrid because there’s only one flower on each stalk whenever it blooms. The plant is upright and not bushy. Will update more once I manage to get more information about this lovely yellow rose.
I bought this in May but only able to write about it in September. It’s called Clair Martin rose. I think it belongs to modern shrub rose family.
The color of the blooms is pink. It has a very sweetly scented blooms which are semi double. Continous flowering, healthy and vigorous. Can grow up to 6ft. (Info taken from Pounsley Plants – Modern Shrub Roses)
After I brought it home I made a mistake by pruning the end of the branches. I am still waiting for it to bloom again..huhu! I think I need to repot it into a bigger pot and find a space where it can climb.
I found this picture of yellow flowers taken in May 2012. I think it is cosmos but after reading description on cosmos, I realized that my cosmos have smaller petals and very different structure of leaves.
I planted it from seed given by a friend. However due to my lack of knowledge in growing annual flowers it died after a month or two.
Some of the info about cosmos taken from Aggie Horticulture – Cosmos Produces Cosmic Beauty
Yellow cosmos is a sun – loving annual; it will not produce as many blooms if grown in the shade. Choose a location that receives at least 8 – 10 hours of direct, sunbathing sunlight. Cosmos will perform best if grown in well-drained soil. Yellow cosmos is not a heavy feeder. Excess fertilization will cause plants to produce excessive leaf growth at the expense of flower production.
These were the biggest mistakes I made with my plant. I over water, put them in shade and fertilized them too much..haha!
Next time, I know what I should do with annuals like cosmos
I bought seven sisters rose about 3 months ago, main reason because of the multiple blooms and its sweet fragrant.
Here is some info taken from countrysideroses.com:
Seven Sisters (Rosa multiflora f. platyphylla)
Class: Hybrid Multiflora, Climber
Bloom: Medium pink
Size: 10 – 20 ft. tall
The climbing rose most of our Grandmothers grew. The rose is once-blooming, but carefree and very fragrant. The ‘seven’ in Seven Sisters is often said to refer to the seven shades of pink in the roses. The blooms are fully double and lovely. Zones 5-9.
I hope my seven sisters will last long. So far I haven’t found any serious problem and disease except for occasional black spots on the leaves.