About me

I’m a 24-year-old Chinese female who lives in this tropical island called Singapore. I grew up surrounded by a lot of plants since my dad loves to grow bonsais (and he has been growing them since he was 18), but was never really interested in plants (except for weeding, which is therapeutic) until some time March 2008, when a friend mentioned she was growing mulberries, and got the cuttings from someone through this forum called Green Culture Singapore.

Intrigued, I joined and was pretty much hooked.

With all the hyperactivity of a newbie who plunged into the deep end of an ocean of plants, I started off with (yup, you guessed it) mulberries, and anything and everything else. At that time, I was simply intrigued and interested in everything, without knowing how to manage my space (since I live in an apartment now and have to contend with my dad for space against his countless bonsais), my spending, and my specialization.

Like all plants mature, however, I soon found the blind rush of wanting to grow everything from the smallest weed to the largest tree fading, learnt a lot of space management, and came into my interest.

These days, I grow mostly mints and a few other herbs as the edible and/or medicinal parts of my collection; and also grow some basic carnivorous plants for their sheer beauty and usefulness in catching those pesky insects for me.

I act crazy sometimes, talk with plants and trees sometimes, loves horses (and horse riding), and will pretty much say hello to all the greenery out there.

If you like, do leave a comment to say hello to myself, so that I can say hello back. I like doing that. =)

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16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. poozcard
    Nov 06, 2009 @ 05:49:14

    greeting from bangkok

    😀

    Reply

  2. skyfiery
    Nov 06, 2009 @ 13:20:23

    Hello, poozcard! =D

    Reply

  3. Lavender maniac
    Sep 04, 2010 @ 01:24:24

    I hope to get in touch with you. I’m from Malaysia. I have lots of questions to ask you about gardening and where to source the plant. Write me an email. Thanks a lot.

    Reply

    • skyfiery
      Sep 04, 2010 @ 01:38:36

      Hi Lavender maniac,

      I live in Singapore, so I wouldn’t know where to get plants in Malaysia. Perhaps you can Google up nurseries in Malaysia to know where to get the plants you like. If you live in KL, though, then I’ve heard that Sungei Buloh is a good place to go to.

      I’m not good with gardening. I’ve killed a lot of plants and am still killing a lot. The best way is to experiment and try out what is best for your growing area and conditions. And it’s really through trial and error this way.

      Reply

  4. py
    Sep 11, 2010 @ 03:22:29

    Hi,

    Very happy to have chanced upon your site :)! Hope you will be able to help me!

    My parents are avid plant lovers (can’t say the same about myself though ;p) and they have just found out about the health benefits of the Mulberry plant and are interested in growing some. Will it be possible to get a cutting from you or will you be able to point us to some place where we could buy a cutting?

    Also, I think I also found the Chawanmushi lady’s blog. Would you know where her garden is and maybe how to contact her? It looks lovely, so I would like to bring my parents there for a visit.

    Thanks and regards~

    Ps: I’m from Singapore as well.

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    • skyfiery
      Sep 14, 2010 @ 08:20:41

      Hi PY,

      I don’t grow mulberries anymore – haven’t for over a year already. However, you might like to head to World Farm (Hua Hng) at Bah Soon Pah road just behind Khatib MRT and to buy very decently-sized mulberry plants. Their prices are very reasonable also.

      As for visiting Chawanmushi, I think the best way is to leave a comment on her blog and see if she get back to you.

      Cheers!

      Reply

  5. py
    Sep 15, 2010 @ 05:57:36

    Hi Skyfiery,

    Thank you so much for your reply! Oh sounds like mulberry isn’t easy to grow ;p… But I will check out World Farm for their mulberry plants.

    Regards~

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    • skyfiery
      Sep 15, 2010 @ 08:15:21

      Heyas PY,

      It’s not that mulberries are hard to grow. They’re pretty easy, in fact. But it’s that with just one plant or so, especially if you live in a HDB, it’s not easy to get a decent harvest of fruits, even if you prune the plant back again and again. That’s why I gave up on mine. Lol.

      Sky

      Reply

  6. Jain
    Dec 21, 2010 @ 16:45:52

    Hi,

    Where could I buy a Self Heal (Prunella Vulgaris) seed in Singapore?

    Please let me know.

    email: jeigolez@gmail.com

    Reply

  7. chris
    Aug 24, 2011 @ 21:03:54

    Did you start your Piper sarmentosum from cuttings or from seed? Are you finding it easy to grow?

    Reply

    • skyfiery
      Aug 25, 2011 @ 00:06:40

      Hi Chris, a friend from Malaysia gave me cuttings out of her own garden. They were very easy plants to grow – just plonk into the soil and keep moist. That’s all.

      Reply

  8. chris
    Aug 25, 2011 @ 01:24:18

    Great! Thanks. I’ll give it a try when I can get some with stems attached. They mostly sell just the leaves here.

    Reply

  9. KT Toh
    Sep 12, 2011 @ 15:25:54

    Heh, recognised the HDB flats from one of your pics and guessed instantly you’re a fellow Singaporean. I’m currently experimenting with growing vegies in my home as well… started with tomato plants, moved on to kangkong and dwarf sunflower. Still in the seedling stage… referring to both plants and myself 🙂

    Reply

  10. cedarpineword
    Aug 25, 2012 @ 16:40:35

    I find your site a wonderful and inspirational resource, I’m sad you have retired, I will check out your new blog, and will try out some of your tips for growing tea tree. thanks for keeping this up.

    Reply

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