Saturday, May 29, 2010

The floral in my garden....

The wooden fence in the background is made of Cengal wood, one of the hardest woods that could be found in Malaysia; a tropical wood that could last a lifetime and often use for constructing the mainframe of a wooden house and fences. It is now also use for making some traditional furniture.

Whereas the image of the fern is that of a wild plant that often grows on its own, in crevices and pots and a very hardy plant indeed. All such fern that are in my garden are the one I found growing on its own. I replanted it into pots and nurtured it. And it would, over times grows to a huge plant. It is very easy to take care of. It needs no fertilizer and only occasional watering.

Have a nice day.


mutalib saifuddin said...

I love the sound that it makes plus rattling wind chimes.

MANDALAY said...

A lovely contrast, Idrus. The fern in the second pic is commonly known as bird's nest. When I was a kid the adults used to refer it as pokok sarang pontianak - the vampire's nest. I used to see them up big trees..... There is probably a good reason for that:)

Pak Idrus said...

mutalib saifuddin, thanks for the visit and sharing your thoughts on the subject of this posting.

Yes, the sound of water and that made by the chimes are therapeutic indeed.

Have a nice day.

Pak Idrus said...

MANDALAY, Azimah thanks for the visit and sharing your thoughts on the subject of this posting.

Yes when I was a kid older folks always refer this plant as the devil house or something like that. And we kids are actually afraid to touch it and in those day no one use it for decorative or landscaping purpose. Now that we know that plants of whatever species it is are good for the environment and the ecosystem, folks has take to liking this fern and use it for landscaping.

Well, time changes so does our attitude to plants and other species. Have a nice day.


salam pak idrus,

i fully agree with the combination of wooden house in your garden it add the cool effect to the whole setup.


Pak Idrus said...

JALAN REBUNG, Traditional Malay houses is built with wisdom. Because of the way woods are use and the building structured, the house remain cool all the time. Thus there are no need for fan and air condition.

And because I could not afford to built my own wooden house I had to made do with what I have got and improvised it with as many wooden space as possible. By doing that I have managed to give my home a wooden look.

You have plenty of land and I would advice you to built a wooden house and believe me you would enjoy it all the time.

Have a nice day.

louis said...

Hi Idrus,

At the risk of coming across as a grumpy old man, I have to confess that I don't share the enjoyment of wind chimes.

There are three wind chimes hanging in three neighboring balconies. One owner is very considerate and ties his up when he is not there to enjoy it, during the night when he is asleep and at times when there are high winds.

The other two, one of which is just a noisy jangle of dried seashells, sound 24 hours a day, most of which time the owners are away from their apartments and so unable to enjoy their music. They also sound all night long, every night and are unnerving in high winds.

Even a beautiful sound becomes irritating when it is repeated endlessly and when one has to hear it involuntarily when the person playing it isn't there to hear it.

I would strongly suggest that owners of wind chimes be as considerate as that one neighbor.

Pak Idrus said...

louis, Hi there grumpy old man do take it easy. I happened to have more that ten chimes and I do not believe it has bother anyone. It only sound where there are strong wind around but most of the times are silence.

Anyway I can understand you for all the unnecessary noise that it make but in living in a link houses we have to accept that it is already part of the environment that we live in.

Agreed with you that neighbor should be considerate and be sensitive to fellow neighbor. But then things sometimes does not turnout as we would like. Can't help it for that is life.

Grumpy!!!. Hey we all are grumpy old man in one way or the other. Anyway do have a nice day.

~CovertOperations78~ said...

Dear Pak Idrus,
I love your durable cengal fence and the ferns. The curled-up spirals of fern shoots are a sacred symbol of rebirth and new life in certain cultures, including the Maori. I rather enjoy the fern shoots in ulam!

Temuk said...

While living in the kampung, I used to see a lot of rumah hantu, growing on the stem of coconut trees. We didn't care much about these 'pokok tumpang' that had to depend on other trees to live. Nowadays, people especially in the urban areas seem to accord them with a very warm welcome. Your two other plants (melur and ?) seem to be flourishing and are certainly well guarded by the invincible cengal. What a lovely site! Salam bahagia.

Pak Idrus said...

~Covert_Operations'78~, Ee Lynn thanks for the visit and the good words on this posting. As well sharing your thoughts on this subject. As for the Cengal fence I got the artisan form Kelantan to do the job. Indeed a unique fence.

I too love the fern for it gives us a unique atmosphere. It was once a wild plant now urban folks used for landscaping. Yes agrees the young shoot of fern especially Pucuk Paku dose made great salad, our traditional ulam and cicak with Sambal Belacan.

Have a nice day.

Pak Idrus said...

Temuk, thanks for the visit and sharing your thoughts on the subject of this posting. Thanks as well for the good words.

Well, I decided on the Cengal because that place is exposed to the elements where other wood would rots in no time. Moreover I want a touch of tradition, thus I got artisan from Kelantan to do it and I am happy with the result.

As for that fern our generation sure have a common story to tell about this mystic plant and in those that we only saw it in its natural surrounding, attached to plants. As you said now urban folks took to liking it and use it for urban landscaping. At my house it just grows on its own and I pick it up and plant it in pots, thus the plants what you saw.

Re the white flower it is not melor but look like a melor, it has no smell. I am still trying to find what it is call. The other plant is the young spider fern.

Do have a nice day.