Thai Lavender Frog Egg Eggplant


I’ve been searching for their seeds for quite some time and finally I found an online local seller who sell it. It is best eaten raw as ‘ulam’ with ‘sambal belacan’

Here is some info about these tiny eggplants taken from

Thai lavender frog egg is a variety of eggplant which is a member of the Solanum family. Its botanical name is Solanum melongena ‘Thai lavender frog egg’.

Native to central Thailand, these eggplant fruits are the size of cherry tomatoes.

This variety is a vegetable that typically grows as an Annual/Perennial, which is defined as a plant that can matures and completes its life cycle over the course of one year or more.

Thailand is believed to be where Thai lavender frog egg originates from.

Madagascar Jasmine – Stephanotis floribunda

When I first bought this plant, I thought it belongs to the jasmine family since it is called Madagascar Jasmine.

However later after reading a few website, I realized it is called Madagascar Jasmine because it originated from Madagascar and the flowers have nice fragrance like most of jasmine flowers.

The botanical name of this Madagascar Jasmine is Stephanotis floribunda. The common name is wax flower or bridal veil.


Some useful info I got from

The Jasmine plant is commonly used for bridal bouquets and wreaths. This is because of the small white attractive blooms which match the white wedding look needed, and the stems winding around wire hoops, create a perfect wreath.


The twining stems can grow up to 15 ft. long. The plant is non-toxic to cats and dogs. It is considered as tricky bloomers unless you can provide suitable conditions and have patience. It needs plenty of bright light during the growing season. Unlike many other vines, you shouldn’t do a lot of pruning since it won’t encourage new growth.

To propagate you can take non flowering stem cuttings with at least two nodes present.

The stephanotis can also be propagated by seed – if you are lucky enough to have the pear shaped fruit appear (containing the seeds).

For now, my Madagascar Jasmine has only bloomed once in June since I first bought it early this year. I have been trying to get it to bloom again but so far to no avail. It is a tricky bloomer, sigh!

Barbarella Eggplants

When the online seeds seller put up this eggplant seeds for sale, I thought it looks wonderful. So I bought a packet and tried sowing it in the tray.

It didn’t take long for the seed to germinate. After a week or two I repot the plant to a bigger pot and look how big it grows.

At first I thought the texture of barbarella eggplant is like the typical round, purple eggplant we get in the market here in Malaysia. But after cooking it in fish curry, the inside didn’t become mushy. Or maybe because I harvested it before it ripens.


Barbarella eggplant is an Italian variety that is native to the island of Sicily.

This eggplant has a unique squat shape, that is very round and has slightly grooved sides.

The outer skin is a deep purple and when ripe forms a white halo under the calyx. The inner flesh is a creamy white color, contains small seeds and offers a mild nutty flavor with a slight sweetness.


Whether in a classic eggplant parmesan, or stuffed and baked with lamb, peppers, tomato, garlic and pine nuts, you’ll be in for a treat with our delicious eggplant.

Great for stir fries, baking, or sautéing. Enjoy this delectable summer treat while it’s here!

Well, next time I harvest the eggplant, I need to find an Italian recipe to cook it with :)

Bunga Telang – Clitoria ternatea

I always hate climbing plants simply because my lawn doesn’t have enough space for the plants to climb. So when I got the seeds of this bunga telang, I thought just give it a try and see how well the plant can grow. I’ve tried planting several type of beans before but none ever survived even if I put some climbing device inside the pot.

Bunga telang or butterfly pea is used in Kelantanese delicacy nasi dagang to turn the white rice into blue color. Don’t ask me how to cook it because I’ve never seen the real flower until today when the one that I germinated a few months ago bloom.

It is said that if you collect enough of the blue flowers and you boil them with sugar, you can make a blue syrup drinks. And then if you squeeze some lime juice into the blue syrup, it will increase the acidity and turn the juice into pink-purple color.

For now I can only see one single flower every time it blooms. There’s also a white bunga telang which I still don’t have the seed.

Jasmine Grand Duke of Tuscany

I’ve had this Jasminum sambac ‘Grand Duke of Tuscany’ since last year but somehow after a month of planting it, it didn’t grow really well.

After repotting and pruning it, this year I noticed that the plant started to grow bigger.

2 weeks ago it started to bloom.

The flowers are really fragrant.

From what I read, this jasmine plant needs a strong acidic soil. So far I have tried putting coffee ground taken from Starbucks and all kind of organic fertilizers I have.

Info taken from

Jasmine ‘Grand Duke of Tuscany’ (Jasminum sambac)
With a rich, heavenly fragrance, the thick 1″ fully double white blooms emerge on the tips of its upright stems. The carnation-like blooms are much revered throughout Asia where a perfumed drink is made by soaking the flower overnight in water. A slow-growing cultivar that loves a warm, sunny location.

Once my plant is getting bigger and stronger, I will try to propagate using softwood and semi-hardwood cuttings.

Hippeastrum reticulatum

This year my hippeastrum has bloomed twice. When I first planted this, I thought it is a pink lily. Later I found out that it is not a lily but amaryllis.

After researching more, I found out that what people thought as amaryllis is actually hippeastrum.

The one that I have is hippeastrum reticulatum. The flowers are pink with reticulated colors on the petals. (Reticulate means having the veins or nerves disposed like the threads of a net)

To make sure that your hippeastrum will reflower, you have to let the bulb retains its original size or gain size. If the hippeastrum has been grown for 2 or more years, offset (daughter) bulblets will be produced. If the bulbs are transferred to a larger pot with the bulblets left attached, you might get a large number of flowering bulbs and create quite a show.

One of these days I am planning to repot the plant. By separating the offsets from the main bulb when repotting into individual pots, I could have a few more pots of hippeastrum in my garden. This type of propagation will produce a flowering bulb in three to four years, which will be identical to the parent plant.

Update on Timun Mini

After a week or two of seeing the timun mini growing well, I decided to repot it into a bigger pot and put obelisk for it to climb.

Amazing how the next day the tendrils grabbed the obelisk.

As this is the first time I tried to plant cucumber, I have no idea what to expect next. I am reading a few articles on cucumber growing. One I find quite useful is this : Growing Cucumber.

Will update more about this timun mini later.

Buah Bendi – Mammoth Spineless Okra

We went away for a wedding for a few days and this is what happened to the buah bendi..huhu! I guess by this stage it will be too woody for me to pick and cook it. I decided to keep it on the plant and let it grow mature so that I can harvest the seed pods from the okra later.

So far, this is the only mammoth spineless okra that managed to bloom from flower to fruit. (Yes, it’s called as fruit even though it’s eaten as vegetable)

Anyone know how long should I keep it on the plant before I can pluck it to harvest the pods? Will the fruit turn brown to show that it is matured enough?

Bunga Bendi

Since I’ve never planted okra/bendi before, I was so fascinated when I saw the plant has flower coming out.

A friend told me that after the flower wilts, the okra/lady fingers bud will start to form.

But I was shocked to find the bud fell down on the floor the next day. At first I thought some insects or bugs ate the bud but after a close look, I just realized that the okra bud fell down by itself.

And then a new flower formed and this time I was lucky enough to take some pictures before it wilts. The bunga bendi looks like hibiscus, right? That’s because they come from the same family.

I am still waiting for the okra to successfully develop. Can’t wait to eat my first bendi that I plant.

Timun Mini

Before I gave birth early this year, I bought more vegetable seeds from One of the vegetables I chose is timun mini (cucumber).

There’s only 5 seeds in one pack so when I planted it a few days ago, I just put one seed in the soil.

2 days later, it sprouted. Amazing!

The above picture was taken today. Do you notice the tiny leaves? I am reading the guide on how to plant cucumber from tanamsendiri blog : Tanam Sendiri-Mentimun

Hopefully my cucumber plant will live long and I get to sample the fruit of my labor :)

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