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Friday, October 16, 2009

Autumn Berry - Extended Version 1

These are what I manage to collect: Basket Plant.

They look so well even when they are not growing on soil. In fact, I found them tossed on top of all the branches and dried leaves. There are another original set which had managed to crawl its way to the ground and had colonise there but most of the leaves are damaged - eaten by snails and with burned or damaged leaves.

I found this huge Alocasia plant.
Known as Elephant Ears. I guess this is the biggest I have seen, never saw it when I last visit this place. I guess this one manage to grow fast and big.
(pic below) I'm holding the smallest leaf from this huge elephant.
I wished I got a lorry and haul up this plant and plant it in a huge pot and admire the Bali style garden in my place. They do well for water garden theme. But I do not have the space nor anyone is interested in this huge plant.

These are the remnant of what was left after all the tearing down, there are more houses been evacuated and been torn down. You can see the pile of bricks and cement debris. Earlier there were some interesting plants growing on that spot before these debris were dumped there.
Those left over trees where once in the garden where there were houses & families and children playing in the garden. These were 100 year old ago where the Railway Quarters Houses once stood.
I really wonder whether anyone can remember these places.
My mum lived once in this area when my grandfather was working with the railway company.
Back then, she often tell me stories of her childhood where she love to garden and her days spend tending everything from morning till night.
That place now is a thriving Business Centre. Its a place now where no one will ever have a clue what stood there before. What is left now is churches, schools and temples but without their primary residents. All those activities done before like playgrounds, football fields and memory lanes are things of the past.


Autumn Belle said...

I doubt that the alocasia can grow well in a pot. They need a big space to grow and spread their foliage. This plant does give you home a tropical touch or resort feel. Happy Deepavali!

Sue said...

Such wonderful finds. You're very lucky!
I would have loved to find a home for the Elephant Ears.....unfortunately, here it would freeze!

Chloe m said...

Well, I am flabberghasted at the size of those elephant ears! Very appropriately named! I can just imagine the hail pummeling that at my place. :)
Too bad about the snails. Those are not nice!Unless you like escargot. :)

Bangchik and Kakdah said...

This adaptability is a necessity for man, animals and plants to survive....... to a certain extent, we do have control within our own perimeter. But plants has excellent skills to adapt with ever changing land... ~bangchik

Carol said...

The dramatic Elephant Ears plant would be beautiful set way in the back of a garden if one has the space... most impressive plant. It is sad about the lost neighborhoods with gardens and playing fields ... so much is lost when so called progress enters a place. The true sense of place should always be held in reverence. Thank you for sharing the story. It is a universal story ... Wonderful photos. Carol

James David said...

Belle - Yes, you are right they don't do well in pot but they can stay in that shape temporarily until the plant matures.

Sue - yes but they can survive indoors & greenhouses too. I found that Alocasia seemed to be a fave in cold climate regions.

Rosey - I have seen many but not this size and close range.

Bangchik - I agree with you, adaptibility is the essence of life, if they don't - they become extinct.

Thanks Carol for your thoughts & I truly agree with you the price we pay in the name of progress.

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