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#1 User is offline   glenn tan 

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 10:09 PM

Heeeeeeeyyyyyyy everrrrrryyyyooonnnneeee,

I've not posted anything substantial recently, and I'm so so so so so sorry. I've been really busy with my school stuff that I have currently no time to do other stuff. So I have dedicated this page to my life now, mostly gardening but I'll add some fun stuff too.

http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r721/glenntjh/2014-06-20%2021.44.56_zpsm6vkdgsn.jpgGot the plot on 15 March, and had to get sh*tloads of quality compost to mix in, cus the soil was actually super barren. This was like after me and my maid weeded like a million times and mixed like 7 packets of those huge compost packets (the ones lying in the middle of the photo). Super tiring, but we had to lay the foundations of quality soil for our plant to grow well.

But yea, all's well I guess. Im coping pretty well, and scored pretty decently for all subjects so far. Maybe except for Higher Chinese. And Physics. I hate Physics lol, but I still got to do it since I chose triple science and geog. And there's still the Track and Field competitions. Sigh... that went so bad. I sprained my ankle last year, so this year I was pretty weak, my legs. So I had to let go 200m and transfer to Javelin, to let my legs heal. But Javelin isn't really my thing. I got disqualified big time lol for stepping out of the ring. :(/>/>/>/>/>/> But then the happy thing is I got poster boy again, so its three years in a row, and I'm super thankful and happy :)/>/>/>/>/>/>))))

But anyway, I was so happy as..........I MANAGED TO GET A PLOT OF LAND FROM THE RC BELOW. It was in March, and it looked so pathetic as the previous owner was an aunty who had back problems after a while and so she gave it up. She lives in my block and I feel so sad for her as her health is deteriorating so much.

So I felt so so so so bad that the RC allocated her lot to me. But they entrusted me to somehow promise to make it beautiful, so yea, I tried and im still trying. So about a month and a half later, that little barren land, became...

http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r721/glenntjh/20140513_111319_RichtoneHDR_zpslkk9fsq7.jpg

Yay, the aunties said I made it work. Was thrilled and so happy. :)/>/>/>/>/>/>))

So in the above picture, all afe seed or cutting grown, some oxalises (corymbosa, purpurea and deppei) , wild morning glory (Ipomoea Indica),and Sweet Williams (Dianthus). All hVe been happily growing ever since, so fingers crossed :)/>/>/>/>/>/>))

Good night and bye for now, will post more stuff and the current state when I'm free :)/>/>/>/>/>/>))

-Glenn Nantakarn "Aran" Jiahao

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 10:32 PM

It looks barren but it looks kind of neat too. I mean no weeds? Impossible.

So its going to be ornamental? Edibles? Think too much will affect studies lo.
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Posted 20 June 2014 - 10:49 PM

Hey Greyfingers,

Haha yea, its tough. So I'll strike a balance and hopefully alls well ends well :)/> And what you saw just now wasnt the complete post lol, I was in the process of adding more stuff heh heh.

Bye for now
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Posted 20 June 2014 - 11:02 PM

Ah...should have realized you've done a lot already. Looks good. Do keep us posted.
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Posted 21 June 2014 - 12:29 AM

View Postglenn tan, on 20 June 2014 - 10:09 PM, said:

Heeeeeeeyyyyyyy everrrrrryyyyooonnnneeee,

I've not posted anything substantial recently, and I'm so so so so so sorry. I've been really busy with my school stuff that I have currently no time to do other stuff. So I have dedicated this page to my life now, mostly gardening but I'll add some fun stuff too.

http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r721/glenntjh/2014-06-20%2021.44.56_zpsm6vkdgsn.jpgGot the plot on 15 March, and had to get sh*tloads of quality compost to mix in, cus the soil was actually super barren. This was like after me and my maid weeded like a million times and mixed like 7 packets of those huge compost packets (the ones lying in the middle of the photo). Super tiring, but we had to lay the foundations of quality soil for our plant to grow well.


So, this year is pretty hectic as we are in year 4 and have the Gap Semester programme, so we only have half a year to study and buck up, and our Final Exams are in July. So I'm freaking out right now and I'm soooo nervous. Coupled with CCA competitions, photoshoots and foreign exchanges, its super busy for me.


http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r721/glenntjh/IMG_16063705665050_zpswbretq1u.jpegFirst came some German girl school exchange, and I had to take them around and bring them home for homestay. Hope I gave them the best Singapore homestay experience though haha. Or maybe I guess Thai? Cus my family's really cultural and traditional, so yea...


Really, its super tough trying to balance everything: school, CCA, family, recreating, everything. Really, and goddammit, im only 15 oh dang. Imagine how much tougher its gonna get when I grow up. Oh dang... sigh...


http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r721/glenntjh/merge3_zpsdjyfrbrp.jpg
http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r721/glenntjh/2014-06-20%2021.51.11_zpshr2kokwu.jpgThen I was again posted to take care and homestay some Taiwanese girls from Mingdao High School in Taichung. They were a really fun bunch, miss them so much. *P.s. Don't know why of all the many foreign exchanges that come over, I'm only incharge of the girls... Hmmmmm..... ;)/>/>/>/>/>/> *


But yea, all's well I guess. Im coping pretty well, and scored pretty decently for all subjects so far. Maybe except for Higher Chinese. And Physics. I hate Physics lol, but I still got to do it since I chose triple science and geog. And there's still the Track and Field competitions. Sigh... that went so bad. I sprained my ankle last year, so this year I was pretty weak, my legs. So I had to let go 200m and transfer to Javelin, to let my legs heal. But Javelin isn't really my thing. I got disqualified big time lol for stepping out of the ring. :(/>/>/>/>/>/> But then the happy thing is I got poster boy again, so its three years in a row, and I'm super thankful and happy :)/>/>/>/>/>/>))))


http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r721/glenntjh/IMG_20131210_144200_zpsm2mxdusu.jpgWas pretty embarassed doing this photoshoot as it was my first time taking off my shirt in front of the camera, but I was happy it worked out well :)/>/>/>/>/>/> But they misprinted the date wrongly lol, so they scraped it and redid it, and then it looked super weird after that.


But anyway, I was so happy as..........I MANAGED TO GET A PLOT OF LAND FROM THE RC BELOW. It was in March, and it looked so pathetic as the previous owner was an aunty who had back problems after a while and so she gave it up. She lives in my block and I feel so sad for her as her health is deteriorating so much.


http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r721/glenntjh/IMG_16181896997251_zpszc4jmolo.jpegI love my guys so much.#trackandfield #nohomo #straight


So I felt so so so so bad that the RC allocated her lot to me. But they entrusted me to somehow promise to make it beautiful, so yea, I tried and im still trying. So about a month and a half later, that little barren land, became...

http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r721/glenntjh/20140513_111319_RichtoneHDR_zpslkk9fsq7.jpg

Yay, the aunties said I made it work. Was thrilled and so happy. :)/>/>/>/>/>/>))

So in the above picture, all afe seed or cutting grown, some oxalises (corymbosa, purpurea and deppei) , wild morning glory (Ipomoea Indica),and Sweet Williams (Dianthus). All hVe been happily growing ever since, so fingers crossed :)/>/>/>/>/>/>))

Good night and bye for now, will post more stuff and the current state when I'm free :)/>/>/>/>/>/>))

-Glenn Nantakarn "Aran" Jiahao


Wow, you deserve a pat on the back! Great job getting the plot back into shape!
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Posted 21 June 2014 - 12:30 AM

You are so cool ! :lol:/> butterfly magnet !
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Posted 23 June 2014 - 10:06 PM

Hey all,

So its kinda pretty now, bur its super high mantainenced lol. Have to constantly keep plants in shape so they dont go wild and ugly. And one such plant is this thing.


http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r721/glenntjh/20140623_214711_zpswlkqcwye.jpg Oh my god these things grow so fast I cant even keep up with the pace they spread. Like its supposed to be a beautiful pile of jade green leaves, not a weird green paint blob splash lol.

Yea these things are so evil. Pretty annoying how much I have to get them out lol.


http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r721/glenntjh/20140623_214823_zps0fzrpszq.jpgBut they look so pretty nevertheless.

Brought them back from my house back in Thailand. They grow nicer there though it seems. Bigger and less aggressive in spreading plantlets and lower reproductive rate. They flower really nicely too. Like the time we had the dry spell in singapore remember? Yea they all flowered at that time. So cute. Like a mass patch of reddish brown. I dont have photos, but they look something like tgese from back in Thailand:


http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r721/glenntjh/20131122_085105_RichtoneHDR_zpsqmtczbeb.jpgSomething like these (in Thailand also, probably from the same family but I thibk this one looks nicer though), but smaller and longer and more flowers. And replace the yellow parts with maroon and add some really hairy whitish centres. Like a mix of these flowers and bulbine flowers, then you get that weedy one's flowers.

So yea, they look okay, but are pretty annoying though. And someone help me identify both plants?

Thanks and bye for now,
-Glenn Nantakarn Tan

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Posted 23 June 2014 - 11:13 PM

Interesting plot! Keep us updated! You did a really good job in getting the garden back in shape.
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Posted 23 June 2014 - 11:15 PM

Hey Heian Edenwood,

Thanks :)/> Still trying my best haha :)/> Have a great day. Or great night I guess since its night time now. And then great day tomorrow :)/>

-Glenn Nantakarn Tan Aran Jiahao
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Posted 24 June 2014 - 11:41 AM

View Postglenn tan, on 20 June 2014 - 10:49 PM, said:

Hey Greyfingers,

Haha yea, its tough. So I'll strike a balance and hopefully alls well ends well :)/>/>/> And what you saw just now wasnt the complete post lol, I was in the process of adding more stuff heh heh.

Bye for now
-Glenn Nantakarn "Aran" Jiahao


Well done, Glenn. Your family must be so proud of you and the previous owner will no regrets giving up the plot! What is your garden like in Chiang Mai, that has nice weather to allow pretty plants to thrive?

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Posted 25 June 2014 - 12:33 AM

for a moment I thought that I was in a wrong forum.
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Posted 25 June 2014 - 12:46 AM

View Postmichael, on 25 June 2014 - 12:33 AM, said:

for a moment I thought that I was in a wrong forum.


Sometimes flowers got thorns and thorns also got nice flowers ma. :hysterical:/>
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Posted 25 June 2014 - 10:32 AM

Glenn, well done, keep it up and post for us to enjoy, thanks your helper too!





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Posted 25 June 2014 - 11:44 AM

You could try Balsam, periwinkles and lantana? These are fast flowering type.
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Posted 25 June 2014 - 12:51 PM

Nice plot. I guess everybody have different ideas as to what to do with a plot of garden. As my lower back pain gets worst, I started growing only low maintenance plants that gives good results (flowers or fruits).
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Posted 13 July 2014 - 12:22 AM

Hey guys,
Really sorry I haven't been active for a while as I have been working my butt iff for the FEs this coming week. I'm really nervous, and if you can mix a cement block with a blob of Jell-O, well that's how I feel now.

So sorry guys for not responding to PMs and stuff. So here's a short post. Enjoy. And thanks for the kind comments and suggestions, I really appreciate them.

To Sir/ma'am Bridgehouse: I'll definitely show you guys some day its really beautiful I love it so much :)/>)))

To Mr Michael: haha, sorry if I had digressed a little

To Mr Greyfingers: I don't really understand the phrase though haha. Is it a good thing or a bad thing? :)/>

To Aunty Abby Lim: Thank you Aunty, I thank my maid everytime she plays a huge role in everything in my life. She really helps me alot and shes like a older sister haha. She always brings plants back from Indonesia for me whenever she goes back :)/> oh yea, and the Gloriosa lily you gave me the other time flowered so beautifully. Will show you pictures when I'm free :)/>

To Mr Sthh, oh I'm really sorry to hear that sir. Hope your back gets well :)/>

Yea thats about it :)/>

-Glenn 'Aran' Nantakarn Tan Jia Hao
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Posted 13 July 2014 - 12:25 AM

Oh yea, Mr. Greyfingers, which kind of balsam? I'm keen on growing the flat flowered one called Impatience or something like that. Buzzy Lizzie I think thats its name. Cheers. :)/>

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Posted 13 July 2014 - 01:22 AM

Oxalis Deppei "Iron Cross"

And yea, just wanted to introduce these little guys here: Oxalis Deppei 'Iron Cross'Remember there was this post I posted when they looked like this:
http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r721/glenntjh/0A9CBBA6-61BA-4649-B688-4FEE7EB64B52_zpsl8qnu6br.jpg

Well after I further divided that vicious bunch of 60++ bulbs, I potted SOME (like a little) up for a CNY show:
http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r721/glenntjh/8C5DC02A-3A80-4561-A372-2CEAE9D1092F_zpsnen887ln.jpghttp://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r721/glenntjh/53C843BF-B881-41A2-A1A5-7A8ED681A786_zpssvpf5ftb.jpg

Then after CNY when I got my RC lot, I somehow lost my mind. I knew they were like horrid weeds, but somehow the pretty little leaves managed to coax me into planting them in the ground. So yea, I planted them in the ground. Added craploads of sand, pumice, and other light fluffy un-water retaining stuff.

Well, guess what? My mistake. Cus you know I just planted that few bulbs in the Bento box out into the ground. And after like 3 weeks (no kidding, 3 weeks) they outgrew their growing area. By alot.
http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r721/glenntjh/20140513_111334_RichtoneHDR_zpsiv8wsp42.jpg

They are really aggressive growers and send up tons of sideshoots and offsets. Like they just keep offsetting, and while the mother offsets to the child, the child offsets while the mother still offsets. Its crazy. Its like a mother who gives birth to a baby who is pregnant with a baby with a baby inside. Its like they are born pregnant. Yikes, I shudder at that thought. But yea, they have stunning leaves cus of the four leaf clover shape and the contrasting purple patch in the centre of the green leaves, hence the name 'Iron Cross'.
http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r721/glenntjh/20140513_112841_RichtoneHDR_zpsngytpayv.jpg

So then, soon enough after they took over like a huge spot, they got comfy and cozy, and started sending out flower stalks.
http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r721/glenntjh/20140427_120144_RichtoneHDR_zpscotquxrg.jpg

The flowers are really very pretty, as they are deep pink and borne in loose clusters. They have a shiny, velvety sheen to them, thats why when I took their photo, the light kept reflecting off and gave them a rather light pink look. They actually look a lot darker in real life. http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r721/glenntjh/Mobile%20Uploads/PicsArt_1405184096867_zps9f50f2fa.jpg

And then like out of nowhere, the whole thing just burst into flower. Well, weeds can be pretty eh? They thrive on neglect, just my kind of plant :)/>/>/>/>/>/>/>/>/>/>/>/>/>
http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r721/glenntjh/Screenshot_2014-07-13-00-05-25_zpshikxyyqt.png

Well that's all for now folks. They did add a pretty splash of colour to my lot. Cheers :)/>/>/>/>/>/>/>/>/>/>/>/>/>

Good night,
Glenn 'Aran' Nantakarn Tan Jia Hao ~

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Posted 13 July 2014 - 02:32 AM

View Postglenn tan, on 13 July 2014 - 01:22 AM, said:

OXALIS DEPPEI 'IRON CROSS'

And yea, just wanted to introduce these little guys here: Oxalis Deppei 'Iron Cross'Remember there was this post I posted when they looked like this:
http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r721/glenntjh/0A9CBBA6-61BA-4649-B688-4FEE7EB64B52_zpsl8qnu6br.jpg

Well after I further divided that vicious bunch of 60++ bulbs, I potted SOME (like a little) up for a CNY show:
http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r721/glenntjh/8C5DC02A-3A80-4561-A372-2CEAE9D1092F_zpsnen887ln.jpghttp://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r721/glenntjh/53C843BF-B881-41A2-A1A5-7A8ED681A786_zpssvpf5ftb.jpg

Then after CNY when I got my RC lot, I somehow lost my mind. I knew they were like horrid weeds, but somehow the pretty little leaves managed to coax me into planting them in the ground. So yea, I planted them in the ground. Added craploads of sand, pumice, and other light fluffy un-water retaining stuff.

Well, guess what? My mistake. Cus you know I just planted that few bulbs in the Bento box out into the ground. And after like 3 weeks (no kidding, 3 weeks) they outgrew their growing area. By alot.
http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r721/glenntjh/20140513_111334_RichtoneHDR_zpsiv8wsp42.jpg

They are really aggressive growers and send up tons of sideshoots and offsets. Like they just keep offsetting, and while the mother offsets to the child, the child offsets while the mother still offsets. Its crazy. Its like a mother who gives birth to a baby who is pregnant with a baby with a baby inside. Its like they are born pregnant. Yikes, I shudder at that thought. But yea, they have stunning leaves cus of the four leaf clover shape and the contrasting purple patch in the centre of the green leaves, hence the name 'Iron Cross'.
http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r721/glenntjh/20140513_112841_RichtoneHDR_zpsngytpayv.jpg

So then, soon enough after they took over like a huge spot, they got comfy and cozy, and started sending out flower stalks.
http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r721/glenntjh/20140427_120144_RichtoneHDR_zpscotquxrg.jpg

The flowers are really very pretty, as they are deep pink and borne in loose clusters. They have a shiny, velvety sheen to them, thats why when I took their photo, the light kept reflecting off and gave them a rather light pink look. They actually look a lot darker in real life. http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r721/glenntjh/Mobile%20Uploads/PicsArt_1405184096867_zps9f50f2fa.jpg

And then like out of nowhere, the whole thing just burst into flower. Well, weeds can be pretty eh? They thrive on neglect, just my kind of plant :)/>/>/>/>/>/>/>
http://i1364.photobucket.com/albums/r721/glenntjh/Screenshot_2014-07-13-00-05-25_zpshikxyyqt.png

Well that's all for now folks. They did add a pretty splash of colour to my lot. Cheers :)/>/>/>/>/>/>/>

Good night,
Glenn 'Aran' Nantakarn Tan Jia Hao ~


If you ever want to get rid of them, let me know. The perimeter of the community garden I'm in need a filler plant between the bigger stuff. :P/>
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Posted 13 July 2014 - 01:38 PM

View Postglenn tan, on 13 July 2014 - 12:25 AM, said:

Oh yea, Mr. Greyfingers, which kind of balsam? I'm keen on growing the flat flowered one called Impatience or something like that. Buzzy Lizzie I think thats its name. Cheers. :)/>/>


Impatiens have their flowers on longer flower stalks whereas balsams have their flowers close to their stems. In any case they are both nice to look at if they are adorned with flowers. And they don't take long from seed to blooming size. So yes should helpto beautify your plot fast.

Nice iron cross plants you have there.
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