Roses Are The Best

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I always love having blooming roses in my small garden. Nothing beats the beauty of it on a bright sunny day. I’ve tried planting vegetables and green plants but the joy of having roses are nothing to be compared to.

For now I am starting on 3 new rose plants – Black Baccara, Rouge Royale and Double Delight. I already have Clair Martin and Magenta which have been blooming every now and then.

Hopefully they will survive all those usual diseases that roses have problem with especially during this rainy season.

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Sweet Corn From Cameron

I bought some sweet pearl corns (jagung mutiara) from someone who get it straight from the farm in Cameron Highland last few weeks.

Since most people said the corn is juicy and you can even eat it raw, I decided to steam them instead of boiling.

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And surprisingly it was good! Next time I hope to order some more corns. This time I’m going to make bubur jagung.

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Gardening At Home

This is what I let Hubby and Dear Son #1 do during weekend that we don’t go out to shopping mall :) Gardening!!

Usually I am the one who will fill up the sowing tray with soil and then I will let Son #1 put in seeds inside the tray hole. He will choose seeds that are big enough for him to handle. Mind you, seeds for plants like petunia are very, very small that if you are not careful, a gush of wind could blow everything away from your palm.

Today I have checked the sowing tray and was really excited to see more seeds have sprouted. Yesterday it was morning glory, purple zinnia and cucumber, and today, it’s ox heart tomato and sunflower. I just hope this time butter crunch lettuce will grow because I have tried sowing the seeds for 3 times and none ever sprout..huhu!

Let see how green fingers those father and son could be!

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Landscape Idea


Check out Columbus Paver Patios. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a place to hang out, to smell the roses, to work outside on the laptop while your children run around in the lawn? Who wouldn’t want such a serene and relaxed environment in their own yard, right?

For now I can only imagine having the privilege to lounge like that since we live in an intermediate terrace house with limited front yard.

Our current front yard comes in poured concrete courtesy of the housing developer. The neighbors have put outdoor tiles and gravel on theirs before they moved in many years ago.

It has been almost 6 years since we moved in yet we are still thinking when and how to renovate our front yard. Finding a reliable contractor that can make the mini patio fast is another issue. Most of the local contractors drag their work week after week which I find really ridiculous.

There’s also different type of floor materials to be considered. Like I said, some people prefer gravel and outdoor tiles while others go for timber decking, stones or concrete pavers.

For a person who likes to do gardening like me, I think using tiles or stone will be slippery when wet especially since I like to water my plants at least 2 times a day. For tropical weather, we also have to consider the heat absorption rate. Wood would be the most cooling but could it last during rainy season?

And then the matter of design and style of the patio pavers. Should it be rustic or formal? And the design on how the pavers should be laid – basket weave pattern or running bond? Herringbone or jack-on-jack?

Of course if you have found a good contractor to start with, all these planning issues will be solved quickly.

Oh, I am also thinking to have additional feature like pergola so that my plants of flowering vines can climb.

Check out this amazing Rangoon creeper. It took me almost 2 years to wait for it to start blooming. Rangoon creeper is the type of plants with flowering vines that twine and climb when provided with support from a trellis or arbor.

For the time being I just let it climbs over the wall that has our post box and garbage bin.

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Red Roses For 2015

For those who have been following my story in this blog might notice that somehow in 2012 I got involved with rose gardening..heh!

I collected more than 30 different roses and now in 2015, only one is still alive.

I am still contemplating whether to revive the hobby or not. It is such a joy whenever the roses bloom.

For now, I have moved on to easier flowers like sunflowers and zinnias.

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