Creeping cucumber (Melothria pendula)

The recent rains have been kind to some of the plants here, and for some reason, the ones with yellow flowers in particular. Golden Pendas have burst into blossom (more on that later), and on a much smaller scale, so have the creeping cucumbers (Melothria pendula). I first saw this plant near home, a closer…

Where The Wild Things Are

Tanglin Halt, imbued with all the typical trappings of an old estate- altars, small grocery shops selling biscuits from traditional tins and jars, and a hawker centre of a most nostalgic sort- used to be home to a number of HDB blocks that have since been demolished, as well as a set of train tracks…

Serviceberry (Amelanchier sp.)

Spring has allegedly arrived, although the snowy skies in Connecticut might not have gotten the memo. This was always the time of the year I liked the most (or maybe second most, tough competition between this and autumn), when the flowers would start to bloom. It wasn’t just the colour and weather- there was always…

Spreading Dayflower (Commelina diffusa)

The little flower hidden amongst the grass was so tiny, and so asymmetrical, that I doubted its integrity. Still, its lovely- and I dare say unusual- shade of blue was enough to entice me to take a photo, in spite of the fact that it meant a prolonged display of my rear end to all…

Pea Eggplant (Solanum torvum)

Someone, in an attempt to keep the wilderness in check, has hacked off the vegetation closest to the path. In an impressively straight line, sure, but I’m nonetheless annoyed that that lopped off the stinking passion flower vine that was nicely blooming and fruiting. Also, I think this guy has suddenly discovered that his penthouse…

Stinking Passionflower (Passiflora foetida)

The path from the bus stop cuts through swaths of wild growth, and when I saw a lovely little flower blooming, I whipped out my phone, with its awful camera and hairline screen cracks (it didn’t appreciate being dropped face down last week). But of course it failed to do the flower justice, so it…

Malabar Tamarind (Garcinia gummi-gutta)

All my life, I’ve seen a number of unusual flowers and fruit, but growing up in Singapore, you kind of get used to the general type of strange the island nurtures. This time though, the bright orange, pumpkin-like fruits peppering this tree’s branches intrigued me. Obviously I wasn’t tall enough to get close (not that…