I'll be in Kuching for the whole month of October. While busy studying and preparing for my series of tutorials next weekend, assignments that follow and an exam slotted at the end of the month, I'll continue to pick up on my back courtyard gardening. The side garden is more or less completed by now, though more continuing experiments, additions and subtractions are a pleasant activity to further improve it. The yellow bells flowers (Tecoma stans)(see inset) mark the entrance to the back courtyard. My idea of the back courtyard according to my "Laman Kambatik "or the Malaysian Garden concept is basically that of an edible garden. In Malay there is at present no name for 'edible landscaping'. Thus I have coined a term to describe it. I call it "Sara Landskap" in Malay. Truly, I'm the only one soul to use this term in Malaysia at present. Whether it will be used commonly in future is yet to be seen. If it ever does, then the word originate from me. Will it be taken up by DBP? I wonder. (Note: This is a re-posting. For full story and images,please follow this link...>>>>http://myussop.blogspot.my/2009/10/on-way-back-courtyard.html )
I saw one Pink-necked Pigeon perched on the tall "Poui" tree (Tabebuia rosea) at the back garden this afternoon. I was about 50 meters away. I heard its whistling call and soon another male bird joined it. I did not see any female of the species at today's sighting. Now it seems customary for them to gather at the Poui tree at the start of day and in the evening before sunset. This is one beautiful bird that decided to call the garden its home. Over the years I noticed that its preferred areas for making nests are on the branches of the 'Ong Lumok' (Artocarpus odoratissimus) tree and Yellow Bamboo clump nearby the Poui tree. The planting of tall trees in the Kambatik garden is essential if you want to attract these lovely birds to make home in your garden. This fact has been proven many times over at the Kambatik garden here in Kuching. This is one of the highlights of gardening the Kambatik way. Here wildlife is most welcomed.
Columns of greenery. Colourful foliages. Flowers of all shapes and colours. These are the characteristics of a Malaysian garden. Bonuses come in the form of edible fruits, wildlife, shade, and many exercise. There's unending agenda of change and renovation to be carried out as the garden grows. What I love about the garden now is its maturity. All the previous efforts culminate in today's joy, the pleasure of cool comfort, the natural touch of leaves, trunks and branches, inspirational and quality time working or walking in the garden. The Malaysian garden is a living oasis of love and care, heritage and survival. Every Malaysian can do it as I have done. Remember the word "IMPOSSIBLE" ? No, but....I'm Possible.
As if by appointment the common garden birds of Kuching were there to greet me early this morning. The brightly coloured orange breast of the Pink-necked Green Pigeon roped in my attention to its natural beauty. Not to miss the show two other birds that are part of the Kuching garden showed their presence too. The Long-tailed Shrike and the Pied Triller make the garden busy with their unique calls making the garden lively. I hope our stay in Kuching this May will see more of them closing in to the garden.