My Green Finger Project

Sometime last year in June, I remembered vividly how enchanted I was each time I step into Corrie’s Garden (Jos’ Stepmother). From Spring Time onwards, Corrie’s garden will be blooming with lots of different kind of lowers, Rose, Lilies and some others I don’t know the names to it. But they all look so beautiful, I can sit in the garden for hours!

Because I kept singing praises about how beautiful those flowers looks, Corrie had kindly offered to teach me the art of gardening. She start by asking me, “what do you like in your garden?” In our case a balcony. Without much thoughts, because I already know what I like all this time, I answered, “I want lots of Tulips and many sunflowers!” At this point, I didn’t know there is a season to every kind of flowers. Tulips never survive till summer and Sunflowers never blossom in Spring! I also didn’t realize, these seeds takes so much time, so much effort for them to grow to finally blossom.

I’d planted some sunflower seeds (bought in Holland) back in Singapore and it grew within two weeks but didn’t grow so big. A picture of the sunflower below and that is the biggest it went and then it slowly withered away. But then in Singapore, we have no seasons. It is summer every day!

That was the max it went.

At that time, Corrie had draw up a plan (really sweet of her). She decided that we should first start with the Tulips in October and then start with the Sunflower sometime in March. So we did. We went to the shop in Dordrecht that sells all kinds of seeds. According to Corrie, this shop has high quality seeds so chances of success is higher.

Today, I share with you my pride. Although most of the work is done by Corrie, I’m still proud of our achievement. 🙂

Here are the photos of the tulips that blossom during spring time. The seeds was put in the soil since October. According to Corrie, these tulips bulbs must be froze for a period of time before they come out in Spring time. And I’m suppose to get more Tulips every year if these bulbs are good.

Tulips Buds

Coming up really nicely. See those little pink too?

Pretty Tulips lining up

And then after spring, the petals of these tulips dropped off one after another. Very sad to see! Until there is no more left! In the end they are left with a green stalk and no flowers. At this point, we wait for the next seasons.

In February, Corrie & Piet give me a little green house for my birthday! That was the 2nd part of my green finger project where we start with the sunflowers. I was beaming with joy! At the same time, I’m still skeptical of the greenness of my fingers. Oh well, I would just go for it.

So with this little green house, I’m suppose to control the temperature so as to make sure the sunflower grows healthily. Not too much water, not too much heat.

See the Water vapors? This little green house is heated.

And it grew and grew so fast until I have lost control of it.

Because I was not good with the controlling of the temperature and the water levels, these sunflower just grew too fast for me to handle. They were all over the place and hanging downwards as if they were dying. Of course I panic ! It’s like a mother watching the children drowning.

In the end, the whole little green house was transported back to the MASTER (Corrie) to take care of it. See, here, Corrie is like the doctor, I’m a lost mother trying to take care of a weak child (in this case – Children, because there is so many of them sprouting !).

The professional did not fail to uphold her professionalism. Every time I visit the plant, they just grew stronger. They always look better each time. The stems are thicker, the leaves are greener, they just look healthier. After that I leave for our summer holiday. And when we return, this is what we saw:

This is just one of them.

And another… .

There are alot of them standing tall in Corrie’s Garden. really beautiful. Before my summer holiday, Corrie already potted some for me to bring home so I can enjoy them as well. However, those in our balcony didn’t work out so well.

Here are the pictures of those in our balcony:

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Did you notice some of the buds aren’t blossoming? I’ve given water everyday and wait everyday for it to blossom. It seems to me that’s how far it will grow. It will never blossom…

Call me emotional, but I feel kinda sad to see that some seeds just don’t survive the growth process. It happens to all living thing. Even as human, some fetus just don’t come through as human. They lost it half way. That’s sad. But I guess, that’s just life.

Last Sunday, I harvest some roses from Nelly’s Garden (Jos’ mum) for our home, look! they are beautiful

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Till next year.. see you again beautiful blossoms!

Where Flowers Bloom… So Does HOPE

No matter how my day sucks, no matter how stressful each busy day may be, each time I set my feet on the ground of a Garden, the serenity and the perfumery scent of a Garden immediately takes away everything. I love Gardens, I love the sight of beautiful flowers, I enjoy the scent from the green, even the buzzing sound of the bees doesn’t annoy me when I see them in the Garden. This is the time of the year when the garden is aglow with sensational blooms and a fantastic array of colors. I like it, I really do.

Yesterday, we were invited to Piet & Corrie’s home for dinner (Jos’ dad & his wife). The most enchanting part of their home to me is their Garden. I’ve visited their Garden during Spring, Summer, Autumn & Winter. Each season gives a different feel. Of course the best time of the Garden is during Spring & Summer time. When the leaves starts to fall during Autumn, it depresses me. During Winter time, if we have some snow, the white covers the brown, that don’t feels so bad.

When the flowers are blooming and the vegetables are growing, Piet & Corrie never fails to show me around their garden explaining to me what each plant is and how it was being planted. And each time, I would be so entice by the details and feel really proud of their achievements. Gardening to me is fun but it cannot be an easy job but why is it I don’t see them working on the Garden very much…. did they grow on it’s own season after season.. secret untold.

Home Grown Prunes!

Do not mistaken.. these aren’t pumpkins, they are tomatoes!

And apparently, placing banana skin next to it will help it to turn red sooner…

Home Grown Lettuce for Salad

Cucumbers

Juicy Apples

oh my… ONIONS!

Beans

Berries.. and I ate it !

A special Snail I spotted on top of a tall tree… I have to have Jos take a picture of this.

All the green…. now the other colors.. 🙂

Check the Hedges, it is also home grown. 🙂

Oh my…. there are just too many beautiful flowers… and I really wanna show the world! So I will carry on uploading. 🙂

Sorry I cannot remember all the names of these flowers.. so I will call them Beauty!

Berries!

I know the name of this one… Yellow Rose 🙂

I’m really proud of their Garden. I remember the last time I visited the garden sometime in April, there was potatoes and strawberries and huge bulbs of tulips & Roses. This time, the season for the strawberries aren’t there any more. The Roses & Tulips are also gone. I was told the season is over. Oh and I was told, Potatoes and Tomatoes cannot be planted on the same ground.

But.. my favorite flower was no where in sight. How can there be no Sunflowers? Corrie explained that sunflowers takes a lot of effort and space, the seed have to be planted close to a feet apart from one another. But she promised to plant some for me! I told Corrie, “If I can work in a garden for a day, I would gladly do.” So now, she is going to draw up a planting project for me to work on. Hopefully I will see them next summer! I cannot wait to work on it. Seeing the fruit of your labor must be really comforting.

The Green House

It was indeed a very educational tour. Before I go, here is a picture of the dinner I had cooked with hand picked beans! 🙂

Babi with Beans and Rice.