My Dad’s Garden May 30, 2010

If I were to ask you what do you see?  You would probably tell me the obvious.  What do you think the little bird see this as?

My second sister placed rock slabs there to prevent the water from hitting the pond too hard, but the birds see this as a birdbath, they absolutely love it.

This Clementis is a bit smaller than the previous deep purple variety that I posted in the middle of May, and they started to bloom last week.

Jasmine buds in late spring. If you have ever drank a Jasmine Tea, this is the fragrance and as the flower opens, it smells just like Jasmine tea.

I never knew that each individual bud opens into a white flower.

The cucumber plants really take off.  My dad picked one cucumber already and it looks like there are more on the way.

He’s complaining about his string beans, I would hate for him to see mine.

The crab apples are doing well this year.

His garden looks very healthy, a lot of TLC from him and my second sister.


  1. All these photos and write ups of the gardens in your life get me thinking about the garden I want to have next to our home in Laos.

    As always, I enjoy the photos very much.

    • Jeffrey, I grew up with garden. When we were in Thailand, my mom had a big garden and it was not right in our backyard either, so not as convenient in term of watering. I was kind of surprised back then that many don’t like to garden and would buy instead. When I visited Laos, I was surprised that my relatives don’t have a kitchen garden in their backyard, I guess it’s easier to buy at the morning market. I think having a kitchen garden is more convenient than having to run to the store when you need fresh herbs.

      Your house would look so beautiful with the garden next to it. 🙂

  2. Wow! Of course your Dad’s garden is awesome. Where did he get the jasmine tree? Is it expensive and is it hard to keep. I would love to just smell the jasmine was I walked by every day.

    • Hi Kamee, the Jasmine used to belong to my oldest sister and she bought it in Chinatown, NY. I think they sell them at the temple when they have a Boun (festive) event. It is a tropical plant and you have to bring it inside during the cold months, my dad kept it in the garage and turned on the heat when it gets too cold. I’m thinking about buying one at Wat Lao Buddhavong when I visit this July 4th, it might be around $40.

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