At the side garden, the mango tree that bears hundreds of fruits are ready to be harvested. I stripped the whole tree of fruits using a pole and a ladder. I would bring most of them to Bintulu to be shared with family members and friends there. Friends and relatives in Kuching have been given the fruits today. It is the joy of sharing the mangoes that makes today meaningful and gratifying. It is one of those moments in life when giving is done freely and heartily.
The mangoes were delicious and sweet, without much fibre and the seed relatively thin. There is only one mango tree planted in the garden. The yellow hibiscus, a double-petals variety looked more orangish than yellow. The Kenanga tree, the only one planted in the garden, has started to bear fragrant flowers and in the background, some mangoes showed by the colour that tomorrow would be a perfect day to pluck all of them, to be enjoyed and shared. The beauty of gardening is more than just a soul workout, it does help in social networking too....
Next to the inflorescences of the Pinang tree ( Areca catechu) or commonly called as Betel nut palm is a flowering stand of the Mussaenda hybrid called "Calcutta" which is showing off its best colours right now. The Mussaendas are attractive largely because of their colourful 'calyx blades', resulting from the enlargement of the sepals around the flower. In this case the tiny flower is a deep yellow. Other mussaenda hybrids suitable for the Kambatik garden are the Mussaenda 'Queen Sirikit', Mussaenda philippica 'Dona Aurora', Mussaenda flava and Mussaenda erythrophylla...(try google these names)
Family : Rubiaceae - Coffee family
View of side garden, looking south west The Mango tree bearing lots of ripening fruits
Fruits is the main topic on this 48th trip to Kuching. The Mango tree is full of ripening fruits, bringing much joy and hearty conversation. It's a gardeners's well-paid labour in kind. In the Kambatik garden fruit trees are an integral part of the edible landscaping or 'Sara lanskap' in Malay. There are more fruits to be harvested and they will appear in the next few posts.