Seelan’s—- Garden

Two categories :-               1) Herbs for cooking & fruits
                             2)Flowering plants.

Discussion:  Identify the plants. Help to improve in difficult environment.
I live in the place where Captain Cook landed. Our house is built on a reclaimed land (60yrs ago). The soil is sandy & salty and we get the sea breeze, sometimes strong. However, I managed to create a garden with some cooking essentials (Asian) & flowering plants. We are now in the 3rd month in spring. Any wanting to visit Australia or NZ should do so in Spring.
Regards

Seelan

26 thoughts on “Seelan’s—- Garden

      • Dear Seelan
        I think the flowers are fantastic. Before I even start commenting I like to mention that you have a beautiful garden. I think they are bougainvillea Nelli, Mango and Lemon. Of course the last one is your palatial mansion. Praxy

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  1. My dear Seelan,
    Pictures very pretty, a splash of vibrant colours of your back garden
    Floral extravagenza bring back memmories, having seen in Autumn
    Against harshness of sea breeze, salty reclaimed soil, your backyard
    Can be described as one of the best examples of container gardening
    Ariya

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  2. Dear Seelan
    Instead of plants let me

    comment about the Palatial Mansion I see in the back ground as I am clueless about plants.

    A wild guess “karapincha tree, curry leaves, Kafir lime, Bougainville?

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  3. HI my dear Seelan,
    Your garden is just lovely- even more lovely when one realizes the work that has gone into it , considering the nature of the land / soil being reclaimed salty sand land, in a windblown salty environment .
    The Garden- must be in a protected micro climate area on your ocean front property , for it to be this lovely and healthy .

    Congradulations – you sure have the ‘midas touch ‘ in what ever you do .
    The lovely home, and garden complement each other well .
    The garden- is a total wonder – a great demonstration of Container Gardening .
    Container Gardening- is high maintainence gardening requiring lots of effort- to water, fertilize etc .
    I do see a karapincha plant, behind the dark pink flowering pot- that seems like a chrysanthimum flower .
    Bougainvillia are stunning , with the vibrant colors .
    The two large mature healthy trees- one seems like a mango tree- with dark green long pointed leaves, the other seems like a ? biling tree ? though I did not see any biling hanging on the main branches .
    I am impressed and happy that you are such a great gardener, in addition to every thing else you do .
    I wonder, if you add a bit of ‘gini watura’ to you plants, and talk to them once in a way , after a few shots of gini watura your self ?
    What ever it may be – you have done a wonderful job on your garden-
    A Work of Love in Progress .
    Keep it up –
    Eagledmdmastergardener !

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  4. Thanks for the complements Deepthie.
    Your gini watura reminds me of a real storey. You may notice that I have 2 grown up Cocos palms in the front garden. In fact, I had 4. Once, when my Oil palm planter cousin visited us from Malaysia, told me that the palm needs urea. I go to bed very late around mid-night. So, when all are fast asleep I went out & “Pee’d” on one of the palm as an experiment for few months – The palm died !! Even though urine has a small amount of urea, I didn’t realise that my urine also had Chivas Regal !!
    I had to get the dead palm out. To keep the symmetry, I removed the opposite palm as well. that’s why we have 2 palms now. I don’t think gini watura is a good idea.

    Some interesting Herbs are missing from the pictures. May be- got lost in the post.
    Will let you know the names of the plants later.

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    • Message from Sreetharan & Maharojani”Dear Seelan

      We read what you are writing now.

      “I live in the place where Captain Cook landed. Will try & include pictures of some herbs we use for cooking.Our house is built on a reclaimed land (60yrs ago).”

      Connecting with the history of your location

      “Lieutenant James Cook first landed at Kurnell, on the southern banks of Botany Bay, on Sunday 29 April 1770,

      Initially the name Sting Ray Harbour was used by Cook and other journal keepers on his expedition, for the stingrays they caught.[7]That name was also recorded on an Admiralty chart.[8] Cook’s log for 6 May 1770 records “The great quantity of these sort of fish found in this place occasioned my giving it the name of Stingrays Harbour”. However, in the journal prepared later from his log, Cook wrote instead: (sic) “The great quantity of plants Mr. Banks and Dr. Solander found in this place occasioned my giving it the name of Botany Bay”.

      Like the aboriginal people there were aboriginal plants as well.

      We are keen to know the names of all the plants 247 years 06 months and 10 days back. How can you get me the answers?

      Sreetharan and Maharojani.”

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      • Dear Sree & Maha,
        I really don’t know the names, but the current list can be found on the web.
        Sylvania Waters is on the Southern banks of Botany Bay. We moved into this area in 1986.
        Seelan

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    • I dont belive you- you are joking as usual !
      Try growing some Native Plants – they are hardy to your climate , and need less care and more environmentally friendly and need less water than most plants .
      Y es- Sree and Maha have given you some home work on Native Plant Species that were there before European / Contact /Invasion .
      you might find it very useful reading, if you are a serious gardener .
      We here in Canada, are real BIG on native plants that were there ‘before contact ‘., in an attempt to educate the public on water saving measures and yet have a lovely garden .
      Container plants are lovely to look at , but, are real Energy Hoggers- Water- in a country like Australia that has a lot less water than America.
      Where I live along Lake Huron, we have year round water restrictions – and my garden is a total low maintainance garden , and I seldom if ever water it .
      That special Gini Watura- I use it on my compost to speed up the decomposition, !
      I have a special out door ‘facilities ‘ for this purpose !
      good luck- EagleD

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  5. “Dear Seelan

    We read what you are writing now.

    “I live in the place where Captain Cook landed. Will try & include pictures of some herbs we use for cooking.Our house is built on a reclaimed land (60yrs ago).”

    Connecting with the history of your location

    “Lieutenant James Cook first landed at Kurnell, on the southern banks of Botany Bay, on Sunday 29 April 1770,

    Initially the name Sting Ray Harbour was used by Cook and other journal keepers on his expedition, for the stingrays they caught.[7]That name was also recorded on an Admiralty chart.[8] Cook’s log for 6 May 1770 records “The great quantity of these sort of fish found in this place occasioned my giving it the name of Stingrays Harbour”. However, in the journal prepared later from his log, Cook wrote instead: (sic) “The great quantity of plants Mr. Banks and Dr. Solander found in this place occasioned my giving it the name of Botany Bay”.

    Like the aboriginal people there were aboriginal plants as well.

    We are keen to know the names of all the plants 247 years 06 months and 10 days back. How can you get us the answers?

    Sreetharan and Maharojani.”

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  6. Rani- I did mention the mango tree and a biling tree
    I did see the Aloevera and the lemon grass, though I did not comment on it .
    The other big tree – is it a biling tree ?
    I am not sure .
    eagleD

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  7. Dear Sree, Maha & Deepthie,
    Native plants are every where in Australia like Gum tree, Bottle brush, lilly pilly, cocos palms etc ( List of Native plants available on the website) but they don’t match our house. Why would we have native plants around the house when we can see them everywhere?
    The plants we wanted are difficult to grow in the re-claimed marshy land.
    My Gardening Tip ( this is what I did ) :-
    1) Dug a big hole, put a lot of cow dung, cover it with good garden soil & plant with more good soil mixed with slow release fertilizer. More slow release fertilizer on the surface & water.
    2) Container planting – needs regular fertilizer & water.
    *** I use White oil (petroleum oil) Pesticide spray for flowering plants and diluted Vinegar for Herbs & edibles. Mango Zap for mango tree.Never tried soap, but will try.

    I am naming the plants Sam kindly published – starting from Top left :-
    1)MANDEVILLA – 3 pots of mixed color. Also I have a creeping climber variety on the fence(not shown) – needs a lattice.- Topical & Sub tropical
    2)BOGAINVILLEA glabra – Tropical. Needs tender loving care in our area wit sea breeze!
    3)DELOSPERMA- Flowering succulent comes in various colors – flowers open with sun & closes at night.
    4) CURRY LEAF plant is in front of the Hedge called Murraya Paniculata. The partly seen Hedge in front of curry leaf is called Gold Duranta.
    5) BOWEN MANGO which I got from Queensland. We get a lot of fruits- birds tend to eat them before us! In front is the TAHITIAN LIME which fruits generously.
    6) AZALIA (RHODODENDRON) comes in various colors. What you see are red & pink. Few roses without flowers are there too.
    7) DWARF LIME-Fruits well & it is in a handy position – next to the outdoor kitchen. On its left is AGAVE ATTENUATA & Distant white pot- CAMELIA- Flowering finished.
    8) Bougainvillea- This is unusual- The flowers are sometimes orange & sometimes yellowish
    9) Front Garden with Pencil pine (conifers), Cocos palms & Hedges with JAPANESE BUXUS & GOLD DURANTA.
    10)SERI – Lemon grass- Used for Stews, Stir fries, Steam fish,Sambal prawns, Aromatic Tea &
    In perfumes. It is antiseptic, ANTIFLATULANT& also insect repellant.
    11) unfortunately 2 other herbs are missing in the photos. They are very importat in South east Asia. One is called LENG KUAS- It is a Rhizome like ginger but harder. It is used for Tom- Yam, curry etc but also medicinal : For Sea sickness, morning sickness, itchy skin,hair health, blood circulation, Rheumatism & also APHRODISIAC !
    12) Last one missing is DAUN KESUM – very unusual smell & its used to make Laksa,
    Asam fish curry etc which Jean makes very often.
    MMMMM my mouth is watering!!!!
    13) Parsley
    14)Chives
    If Sam finds the Leng Kuas & Daun Kesum Photos , I am sure he will publish & you can look for them in the Chinese/ vietnamese shops
    If you have any advice, pl let me know.
    Thank you
    Seelan

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    • HI my dear sweet man Seelan !
      You have done very well with the garden – still I seem to favor native plants that are low maintanence .
      Anyhow- if you like what you have, that is the main thing .
      I love the variety of plants you have- the diversity of plant species in it self is a natural pest repellent in it self .
      There are ‘good bugs’ and ‘bad bugs ‘- good ones being wasps, bees and those who ‘ eat and run ‘
      Bad ones just sit and chew at it .
      Try the Kohomba ( Neem soap) it is a very effective natural insect growth retardant .
      We in Asia have used this to prevent weevils from eating rice/ grain for a thousand years , by putting some Kohomba leaves into bags of rice and grain .
      The spices you have- make me want to come there and eat all the good food you mention .
      Thanks a lot – for the colorful and very informative display of your garden !
      eagledmastergardner .
      ps- do you have a gardener that helps you with your garden, or do you do it alone like I do ?

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    • Dear Seelan you are an Encyclopaedia of Radiology, Medicine, Surgery, Flowers, herbs and palms. Is there anything that you do not know????? We are proud to have such a knowledgeable person like you amongst us. Most of all I enjoy your witty humour and the way you treated your palms. Praxy

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      • Agree with you Praxy-
        This is The Man with The Midas Touch in our Class of 64 !!
        I am proud to be one of the S gp- along with Satgunaseelan, Samarasinghe, Samaratunge, Seneviratne to name a few- -the list is long ! etc etc
        By the way- Satguna means Seven Virtues – does not include any brew made of coconuts etc !
        Deepthie Seneviratne !

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  8. Dear Seelan,
    It is a lovely garden. I don’t go to the blog every day .I identified some of the plants.They are Azaleas,Bougenvillas,lime tree,Sera,andParsly. Sorry I missed you when you when you visited SriLanka.

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    • Dear Swarna,
      Thanks for taking part & identifying most . Every one who took part have identified what they could. Interesting thing to note is that we can grow our type of plants almost any where !
      Seelan

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  9. Piching and I are in San Diego California . I do not get an opportunity to go to our web page that often.
    Just looked at the pictures of your lovely garden and your mansion. You have already given the names of the plants , however I was able to identify the mango , Azalea , parsley , chives, lemon, bourganvillea, and the lemon grass!
    Piching grows all these in pots , except of course the mango. Living in a town house we cannot grow anything out side except plant flowers.

    Nisantha

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    • Piching would have heard about the 2 herbs missing from my photos – Leng Kuas & Daun Kesum – used in South East Asian cooking. They can be grown in pots ( we have it in pots too)

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  10. Hey Seelan- that other big tree in one of the photos- 2nd row- ext lt , next to the mango tree — is it a biling tree ?.
    Great to know that you do a lot of the work in your garden .
    I am TOTALLY impressed by you- the last thing I thought you would do is to be a gardener !
    You have done a great job of the ‘reclaimed land ‘ — like it is in Singapore.

    I find that getting my hands in the dirt is a very healing meditative process – feeds my soul … connecting me To The Land …
    So, this is another reason why I do all the work by my self .
    In my yard, there are NO weeds – as it is chock full of diverse plants .– my natural pest control method .

    I might get Sam to post some pics taken around my Jungle Garden during the Four Seasons- sometime later .

    My son comes two or three times a year, to help turn the compost, trim out some bushes that I cannot reach, nor do I want to climb on a step ladder for this job .
    Also I have good neighbours who are willing to help me with what ever work I cannot do alone in the garden .
    I dont have any one $$ for yard help – other than snow clearing and property care, when I am away in Arizona for winter .

    Keep going with the Garden !– A very rewarding experience .
    eagledmastergardner .

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  11. Piching has not heard about the two herbs you mentioned . However she thinks that daun kesum is “ Rampe” which is grown in abundance.. she grows Thai basil and kafir lime which are used in Thai cooking. I make a Thai mixed vegetable curry when I go to the Temple and the priests enjoy it very much. It reminds them of the times they spent in Thailand.

    Nisantha

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