Monthly Archives: February 2018

Har Mee 蝦麵 Prawn Noodle

Only on Tuesdays, Fridays or Saturdays, Har Mee is the Daily Special at a Malay Chinese eatery on Hunter Street, Sydney.  If I am in town on one of those days, I would share a table with strangers and savour … Continue reading

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From a Corner of the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney.

The collection at our RBG is modest despite its grand title.  Sometimes one wonders: is that all we have?  Well, no.  Some plants are not on display due to their rarity (here) or their special needs.  Spaces for display are … Continue reading

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Firespikes (Ondontonema) are Back in Vogue

I wonder if people realise that nothing is in vogue until the fashion guru, or police says so.  It’s no different in the garden. This month’s Gardening Australia magazine featured a two page spread on the Firespike (Odontonema), an old … Continue reading

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Graphium sarpedon Butterfly

Commonly known as Blue Triangle in Sydney, this butterfly visits my garden regularly but it flits about so quickly that I was never able to capture it in a photo, until this morning. We had some rain overnight and the … Continue reading

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The Long Flowering Season of Fuchsias

Here in Sydney we have up to 40ºC days and nights are in the twenties at times.  My new potted fuchsias are wanting water everyday and we have not had much rain. So I would not say that they are … Continue reading

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Take a Cutting – Hibiscus

A relative of the Abutilon, the hibiscus is just as easy to strike.  My collection of hibiscuses have all been cloned to reside in the gardens of friends.  One was given to me by a friend who later received a gift … Continue reading

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Erasing a Hundred Posts

As part of my New Year resolution, I am going to edit my translations of Chinese poems.  Most of them, actually all of them were done on the spur-of-the-moment, immediately after reading a poem that I wanted to translate. I … Continue reading

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