My recent announcement to shift my blog to facebook community had received numerous objections from my very loyal readers.
Thanks for following me in years that have past and we all had learnt a lot from one another. A lot have been done over the years in this blog and the wealth of knowledge in this blog had benefited thousands of like minded friends. I regain a lot of motivation from you and your support had encouraged me to restart on writing more articles.
I have decided to start clean and fresh again, with a new blog: http://dreamandgrowit.blogspot.sg/
We shall build this new blog again and hopefully this will grow bigger than this blog!
See you guys there!
In the recent times, I have been on lots of business trips and unable to catch up on gardening. Finally dust had settled and I can afford more time for this 🙂
Looks like blog here may not be the best way for interaction and has been an obstacle for me to conduct and coordinate gardening talks. I am shifting the new posts and events organizing to Facebook.
Join us at Dream n Grow it @ Facebook! Just to thank everyone for their support all these years, like and join us at Facebook page before Jan 11, 2013 and you will be entitled to receive my upcoming gardening ebook for free! Register with us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org after you have joined and liked our facebook page!
I recently conducted a few talks for a few organizations and had received interest in having more talks and workshops. I was pretty motivated with the strong response from them and decided to organize another gardening talk for everyone.
Many have also given feedback that they are unable to round up 15 people to start a workshop session. So I will hope to fix the date and place of the workshop, and those who are available can apply. You can apply by emailing me @ email@example.com
Ideal dates will be on Saturdays afternoons, possible location will be at Hortpark.
Anyway, I will consolidate the applications and update over here!
Recently I wrote an article for a local magazine, Simply Hers, on herb gardening. The article featured easy to grow herbs and useful in the kitchen. The journalist who had interviewed me was thrilled and excited about herb gardening and even thinking to start her own garden!
As the magazine’s mainstream readers are ladies, I roped in my gardening friend to talked more about herb gardening, in a feminine perspective.. Haha! The journalist was amazed of the wide range of culinary herbs which can survive in our tropical climate!
Recently I added a Talks & Workshops page on Facebook. I had many requests asking to form a gardening talk around 20 members and many can’t gather enough enthusiasts to start. So I hope this page will provide an alternative platform for such coordination. Everyone can express their interests, and also decide the venue for the talks.
I will also add photos and tips every now and then, not a lot of words but bite size chunks that will help in your everyday gardening! See you there!
I have recently conducted a Terrarium workshop for my colleagues and it has proved to be fun and enriching. Everyone was so satisfied with their creations and wanted more of such workshops in the future!
The workshop started with an in-depth understanding of terrariums and how everything is put together. I went on to talk about the different potting mixes to be used, to selecting and arranging plants. These knowledge are important to maintain a terrarium and definitely equipped you the right skills to create terrariums of any sizes!
The highlight of the workshop is the hands-ons session! I have also gathered the necessary materials for all participants and guided them step by step, to create a simple terrarium. Some who are more creative and adventurous, even tried their own design and they looks really good!
It was an enjoyable session, as there were lots of interaction among one another. Not only it is to learn something new, in fact it also helps in team building too!
I am planning to open up this workshop to anyone who are interested in making terrariums. Just gather a small group (not more than 10) and we can arrange something. I will provide the materials needed and everyone will walk home with their own terrarium!
My craze over Nepenthes is back after having success with African violets in the office! That prompted me to order some pitcher plants from Borneo Exotics, through my old time friend. Nepenthes ampullaria has always been my favourites as their squat round pitchers are just too cute!
Nepenthes ampullaria ‘Harlequin’ (L), Nepenthes ampullaria ‘Lime Twist’
I have made orders for Nepenthes ampullaria ‘Lime Twist’, which bears red speckled pitchers with green peristome, and also Nepenthes ‘Harlequin’ (‘William’s Red x ‘Harlequin’), similar but red peristome. I am definitely surprised that the plants delivered are much bigger and healthier!
As they are shipped without potting media, I have potted them into a round glass dish filled with pumice and topped with sphagnum moss. The setup was pretty fast and simple, but the end product is simply amazing! As they are grown in office environment, the wet sphagnum moss will supplement the necessary humidity for them to grow well.
Indeed, it’s a showpiece in the office with my colleagues crowding around and asking questions. I took the opportunity to share knowledge with them and some are even interested to grow! This is definitely gratifying moment to me that I have sparked interest in many of them!