Friday, July 26, 2013

Planter at Home - Photo Hunt

PhotoHunt theme : Planter/At Home
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Living in a small apartment, I am not able to have my dream outdoor garden. Making do with what little space I have, I am still able to keep a few pots of ornamental plants at home to offer some outdoor beauty and peace to our living space.

In April this year, I was invited to a Terranium Workshop where I made a mini terrarium. It is now sitting in my home office and the plants inside are growing well. The plants require low maintenance and are perfect for people like me who don't have the time to care for plants and just don't have a "green thumb."  :D
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Since 1st January this year, we have 13,588 dengue cases in Singapore and 4 dengue deaths! At the advice of an elder, I place bundles of pandan leaves (Pandanus amaryllifolius) in my home because it is a good mosquito repellent. It works!

My son and I used to have mosquito bites almost every day. Since placing pandan leaves in our home, I have only been bitten by mosquitoes twice during these months. The sweet scent from the leaves makes the house smell good too.

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Being around plants helps me concentrate better. Nurturing plants reduces stress levels too. :)




17 comments:

  1. Oh Singapore also having increased dengue cases? Same here in Malaysia. That pandan leaves is a good idea! Maybe I should do the same!

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  2. Thank goodness the number of dengue cases are gradually decreasing in Singapore. Plant pandan leaves in and around your house to repel mosquitoes, they are effective.

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  3. Yeah~they say pandan leaves can chase away mosquitoes right?

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    1. Yes, I placed pandan leaves in my home - hall, bedrooms, bathrooms and dining area. The house has a nice smell and mosquitoes don't come near us. :)

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  4. Lovely shots. Plants at home can be very comforting.

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    1. Need some greenery to beautify the home and de-stress :)

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  5. That is a cool planter and the idea of leaves keeping the mosquitoes out is fantastic!

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    1. Love it that I only need to water the planter every 2 months :)

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  6. must tell my sis in Kovan, have mosquito bites almost every day. Since placing pandan leaves in our home, I have only been bitten by mosquitoes twice during these months.

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    1. Oh, you still have a sister living in Singapore. When are you coming back for a visit?

      The pandan leaves are effective in repelling mosquitoes.

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  7. Love your terrarium. And keep those dengue mosquitos away!!
    Happy weekend, ECL.

    photohunts

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  8. I like your little terrarium. Plants can really brighten up small spaces. And I'm glad that the pandan leaves are keeping the mosquitos away.

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  9. Lovely pics and interesting about those plants! I hate mosquitoes. They are bad here too bringing West Nile Virus which makes susceptible people very sick.

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  10. I love having plants around me also. I'm not so great with houseplants but we get plenty of light here so I'm hoping I will be able to over-winter some of the plants from the porch.

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  11. That looks beautiful ! I didn't know that about the mosquitos ! How horrible ! I am in the UK as each year and enjoy it very much !

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  12. Hi ECL, I like your terrarium. I don't have a green thumb so my mom made me a really beautiful artificial ficus tree for my living room. I just need to dust it every now and then. She knew me very well. :) That is very interesting to learn about the pandan leaves. It's great that it keeps the mosquitoes away.

    Have a wonderful week.

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  13. Uiks? I thought it's serai. Yea staying in an apartment it's hard to plant any thing

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