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  • Writer's pictureAudrey Chin

How my garden welcomed me…

Updated: Jun 10, 2022

Our very own backyard beauty

Our very own backyard beauty

I love that coming home feeling, especially those first hugs and hellos.

Husband and Youngest Son always seem dearer after I’ve been away from them for some time. And then there’s my bed. There’s nothing more wonderful than collapsing into its familiar embrace, the way the mattress cradles my bones in just the right way, how my pillow sinks just right and neither too soft nor too hard.

And of course there’s my garden with its banana trees, custard apple, sapoche, lemon grass, chillies, turmerics and gingers. It’s a blessing being able to lay claim to a bit of ground here in The Little Red Dot. I do so appreciate having this plot of earth and the surprises it produces.

This week, I came home to find one of the banana trees keeled over the back fence, nicely bent in the middle. At the other end, hanging precariously over the canal that runs behind our property was a giant bunch of bananas. Needles to say Husband, Helper and I lost no time scurrying out back to rescue the bananas before gravity sent them into the canal.

We decided to clear out some of the younger banana shoots after cleaning up after the bananas. That’s when we discovered treasure! About two years ago, I’d stuck some Torch Ginger tubers (Etlinger Elatior) into the ground in the corner between the banana suckers and the Plumeria. Nicely neglected, it had sprouted enormous leaf stalks and 3 ginger flowers. Beautiful isn’t it? What a lovely welcome gift from my very own home-ground.

What do you look forward to, coming home after some time away? What was the best welcome home gift you’ve received? Do share. Leave a comment!

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