Dad's Garden

My Dad’s Garden June 11, 2011

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I uploaded my video in HD format, if you have a slow internet connection please watch in Youtube.

My Young Unicyclists post was promoted to Freshly Pressed on WordPress.com over the weekend so it has been crazy around here lately but things are back to normal now.

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If you noticed, Lee and I spend our Saturdays visiting my dad and sister and capturing images here and there to share with my sisters that live far away.  My mom’s orchid is in the 20th week of blooming, the top flower of the lower branch starts to show sign of withering. 

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/8, 1/60sec, ISO 1600, focal length 70mm, evaluative metering

Another simple lunch of Bamboo soup and white jasmine rice.  We don’t eat a lot of sticky rice since my dad is half Chinese and I guess he grew up eating white rice like most typical Lao Chinese living in Laos.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/100sec, ISO 200, focal length 70mm, evaluative metering

The Asian corns are getting taller, but no ear thus far. My dad has been complaining that there’s not enough rain in his area.  It’s kind of odd that we both live in the foothills and it might rain at my house but not his.  I’m not sure if it’s because I live near the lake and it rains more often at my house.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/22, 1/25sec, ISO 200, focal length 70mm, evaluative metering

This is truly an Asian Garden.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/320sec, ISO 200, focal length 70mm, evaluative metering

My dad might move the string bean trellis next year to a more sunny area. It’s too shady and instead of trimming the maple tree it is easier to move the trellis. The little wooden pole at the end has a purpose by the way, it’s to block the water hose from damaging the plants.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/200sec, ISO 200, focal length 70mm, evaluative metering

The string beans by the deck get plenty of sunshine.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/200sec, ISO 200, focal length 75mm, evaluative metering

Thai Chili peppers

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/8, 1/160sec, ISO 200, focal length 73mm, evaluative metering

The Thai eggplants have little holes here and there, other than that they look healthy.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/8, 1/80sec, ISO 200, focal length 81mm, evaluative metering
Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/250sec, ISO 200, focal length 200mm, evaluative metering
Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/125sec, ISO 200, focal length 159mm, evaluative metering

My dad’s cucumbers withered before they mature and he seems to think that there are too many leaves and not enough sunlight.  I think he went overboard with the trimming or pruning, it looks like it has a bad haircut.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/5.6, 1/320sec, ISO 200, focal length 70mm, evaluative metering

Another wooden pole in the above photo.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/400sec, ISO 200, focal length 70mm, evaluative metering

pumpkin and wooden pole.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/640sec, ISO 200, focal length 73mm, evaluative metering

Lemon grass

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/320sec, ISO 200, focal length 73mm, evaluative metering

Holy basil

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/200sec, ISO 200, focal length 73mm, evaluative metering

Pomegranate flower

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/7.1, 1/80sec, ISO 200, focal length 200mm, evaluative metering

Pears

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/7.1, 1/80sec, ISO 200, focal length 131mm, evaluative metering

And the crab apple tree, as you can see that it is not very tall.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/7.1, 1/100sec, ISO 200, focal length 70mm, evaluative metering

It bears plenty of fruits, and they taste very tart now.

Canon T2i, EF70-200mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/4, 1/125sec, ISO 200, focal length 184mm, evaluative metering

My sister fish pump quit working Saturday night around 10pm, she said that the big fish came up to the surface trying to get some air.  She didn’t know at the time, and didn’t think it’s an emergency situation, I guess you live and learn. She kept thinking that she will get a new pump in the morning and by then it was too late.  She called me Sunday morning and I went over to take these pictures.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/13, 1/40sec, ISO 200, focal length 29mm, evaluative metering

I think she has 1 Koi left and the rest are comets.  My dad had to use a vacuum tube to blow air into the water while my sister went to get the new pump.  He didn’t think they would survive and I think him trying to put air into the water has helped saved their lives. The fish pond looks very empty now, if you recalled 3 fish died in one of my posts and my sister said 6 died last winter. I’m not sure if she plans to get anymore.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Manual, f/8, 1/250sec, ISO 200, focal length 37mm, evaluative metering

11 thoughts on “My Dad’s Garden June 11, 2011”

  1. Thanks for the info re the video. We’re going to Bangkok later this week so we’ll watch it there – our connection there is faster, but not by much.
    I/we love your photos. The garden looks so tidy and orderly – not a bit like ours.

    Have a good week, Boonie and Mrs S

    1. Hi Boonie, I like tidy garden so I help him weed when I’m there. My dad has a small garden so it’s easy to manage, I can’t say that my sister feels the same way since she has to tend to the garden more than my dad. 🙂

  2. Your family definately have green thumbs the garden looked so healthy.
    “Kang Nor Mai” looks yummy 🙂
    Poor fishy RIP. 😦

    1. Hi salalao, it must run in the family, my sister Bee also has a nice garden and she would love for me to take picture of her garden so I could help her pull weeds. That’s what I do for my dad’s garden before photographing. 🙂 My sister has her fish for almost 5 years now, the koi have a longer life span.

  3. I like how you put it… typical asian garden.. hahahha my folks are the same way, there are no wasted spot on their garden.. sorry about the loss of your sister koi fish.

    1. Thanks seeharhed, it’s never easy when your pet died and kind of sad when they took good care of it, perhaps too good that the water lacks the algae for natural habitat. My dad still has plenty of space in his backyard, his land is 2x the size of mine.

    1. Thanks truels, my dad has many helpers to help pull weeds. I know how much they love their fish, I hope they get some new one.

  4. Such healthy and lush garden! Your dad is good at caring for plants.

    Bamboo soup is good served with Jasmine rice. But when I’m missing rice, I can eat any kind – sticky or not.

    Sorry to hear about your sister’s Koi fishes.

    1. Cambree, it’s funny how we only eat sticky rice when we have a cookout and we’ll have one for father’s day cookout, I’m looking forward to that. I was talking to my Hmong co-worker and his parents start to grow sticky rice this year, he eats more sticky rice than us. I might have to give some of my fish to my sister and dad, it’s so sad to see them died.

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