I think progress is rather good. Now the land has been created and filled in about as far as Pemenang Street – about two-thirds the way along Gurney Drive, with the exception of a channel of water between Gurney Drive and the new land. On other parts they have dumped big piles of rocks – for the retaining wall? and big piles of sand or soil.
The plan shows that the area yet to be done is quite a bit wider and requires more in-filling. Still, it seems to be going well. Here are a few photos:
looking out from Bali Hai
Looking towards Tanjung Bungah
looking towards George Town
Opposite Pemenang Road – more or less as far aas they have come
Opposite Pemenang Road – more or less as far aa they have come
So, what have I learnt after seven years of seaside tropical garden pot gardening? I would need to read all my blogs on this topic to recall. Here are a few things, though.
So far I haven’t found anyone or anything that can offer good advice.
Get some plants from your neighbours if you can – if they grow next door you can probably grow them.
The plants that grow quite easily for me in pots and with sea air are:
The plants I have had little luck with include:
Tomatoes – they grow from the compost, but at best supply one fruit, and then wilt and die. The one tomato is delicious, though. Packets of seeds I have bought never did any better.
Rosemary – we kept plants for quite a whil, but some black bugs kept on attacking it, and it eventually succumbed
Root vegetables like carrots, potatoes
Some plants are only happy growing at ground level – others don’t mind balconies higher up etc.
Some plants seem to follow the northern hemisphere planting seasons
Composting works, so you can grow organically
Deliberately putting seeds into the compost is a good way to get them to germinate. Particularly pumpkins and passion fruit.
Some plants don’t mind being transplanted, but some do. Papaya are better to seed where you want them to grow, for example.
We expected it to rain while we were away, but it didn’t so some plants suffered a lot and required heavy pruning and a lot of watering to help them recover. One of the lime trees was the most affected, and had to be the most heavily pruned. One basil plant died. Others have all recovered.
Here are some of our plants:
rosemary and grape, which grew out of the compost
basil and mother-in-law’s tongue
plumbago – pruned a lot due to dryness of weather
I don’t knw the name of this one
various plants in lane
various plants in lane – citrus, mock orange, crepe ginger…
crepe ginger, curry plant…
papaya and citrus
Bougainvillea and others
I don’t knw the name of this one, but it’s easy to grow and survies not watering well
This section, from outside Citibank to Gurney Drive appears to me to more or less finished, apart from beautification – which they also appear gradually to be doing. And early this morning I spotted an MBPP employee sweeping tree leaves etc. off the new path near Northam Hawker Centre.
These are previously shown photos of the last section to be done.
same section from the opposite side
during the work
during the work
And the following are photos I took this morning:
Outside Northam Mansion
from the other side
And, as I suspected – this probably becomes part of the bicycle path that will join with the George Town to Airport bicycle path. These markings are shown on the path from the beginning of the road to as far as Citibank.