28 Jan 2009

Hobbies or passions?

Some people have hobbies but not me. I have passions, and gardening is one of them. I'm lucky living in Malaysia where the climate is naturally for growing. As long as the plant can take the heat, you can plant them here in Malaysia. I'm not one of those people who love watching growing things but refuse to go down and get dirty. I love getting dirty and digging in the dirt. It relaxes me.
Here in KL it does not give me much of an opportunity for gardening - I live in a condominium. But in Malacca I let my passion fly. The land is not big - just a small plot - too small for a passionate gardener to play in. The soil is clayey with lots of small stones and chips of concrete from when the builders built the house. Its tough digging any hole to plant anything but after 4 years I have more or less tamed the ground. It looks pretty now but not really landscaped. I have a little waterfall and fish pond built opposite the dining room so we can enjoy the sounds of running water as we eat. There is a clump of yellow bamboo just behind the waterfall and another clump, of the small leaved bamboo that I really love. I have a small bed of roses - and its a battle to get them to really grow, but its a battle I will win. It's hard work but worth it because every time I see my roses bloom, a song bursts out of me and I beam with pride. Right now I have 5 or 6 varieties - all tropical roses. The red one is the most prolific, giving me bunches of red roses almost every week. I'm still waiting for the white rose as well as the yellow ones. I wish I'm there all the time, not stuck here in KL but since Repin is here, here I'll stay until he decides to retire. For me the garden will be there waiting for me - a work in progress, never quite finished and always a delight to the eye.


Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

Your gardening sounds divine. What a super post!!! I love waterfalls.

Hugs, JJ

Kat said...

Thanks JJ! So do I - love waterfalls I mean. But this is not a natural one - man made!