Pruning the hedge on new year’s day…


I have some vegetables growing in the potager now but they are not much of a photography subject in this weather…
So I am picking a photo or two from sunnier days gone by just to spruce things up…
This pic shows the flowers and pods of lentils…
Malaysians are fond of making a sweet coconut-based desert from these beans…
I just wanted to see how it feels to grow this plant…
Think I shall not be planting it next season…
In April, when we walk in the hills, we can sometimes pick wild berries…
If we are lucky, that is…
These berries tasted quite like raspberries, although not as sweet and flavorful…

Yesterday, 2nd January, was a beautiful day…
No wind, sunny, with a high of about 9 degrees…
Could not resist the urge to go outdoors…
Decided to prune the hedge of Juniperus chinensis or ‘Kaizuka’…
They have grown too fast and too dense…
I cannot keep up with their pace…
Am planning to thin them out, carving little ball-like shapes at the end of their branches…
There are about thirty such plants in the property and it is quite a task to prune them…

Then, my missus came out and announced that my mother-in-law had advised me through the phone, to take it easy on the second day of the new year…
The gods are visiting, said mother-in-law… so it is rather impolite to do such ‘work’ which may offend the gods…
They shall be here until the seventh day of the new year, so it goes…

Oops, no arguing with the missus and no insubordination against the mother-in-law…

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Gardening, I adore... Photography, I cherish... Scuba diving, I fancy... Shakuhachi, I relish... and barefoot walking, I revel in...
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8 Responses to Pruning the hedge on new year’s day…

  1. Bangchik says:

    Picking wild berries should be fun. Malaysia isn't blessed with many wild berries…. I remember kemunting, a plant about senduduk size, with sweet little berries.

  2. Lrong says:

    Kemunting? I just looked it up and indeed, I have not seen this plant before in my kampong in Kedah…

  3. p3chandan says:

    Indeed Mr Lrong, dont work too much, its only the 2nd day of new year..loooong way to go! Rest and be merry!

  4. I have never seen lentil plants before so this is a first. You said you won't be planting in next season, is it because it needs long warm days for it to produce?

  5. Autumn Belle says:

    Walking the hills and picking wild berries sound like a passage from a book. Those berries look really sweet and deliciously red. Juniperus is a beautiful tree. Do you also celebrate Jan 1st like the Japanese?

  6. Lrong says:

    p3… right on, I took time off the potager and spent them all learning more about blogging… MKG… actually they are kacang hijau… I used 'lentils' for a lack of a better word (due to my limited vocab)… one reason whay I am not growing them next season is becos we are not eating them that much… instead, I shall try to grow red beans this time… AB… you are right on about walking in the hills picking wild berries thingy… we are really blessed by living here as the sea is a mere 5 minute-walk away and the hills practically at our face on the other side… yes, we do celebrate the new year on January 1st on our own way although it is nothing like what the 'real' Japanese do…

  7. Malar says:

    Hi, I'm new to your blog! So this is how a lentil plant looks like?The berries looks so juicy!

  8. Lrong says:

    Thanks for dropping by Malar… lentils or as Malaysians would say kacang hijau?

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