Garden in an HDB flat

This blog is dedicated to the celebrations of gardens in the HDB flats

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Plants you can find in HDB flats

Looking at the overflowing greens sprinkled with various colours at the corridors of the HDB flats, especially those with front corridors, from the ground, one might even be able to guess the inhabitants. Plants have been with Singaporeans since their kampong days and so, many brought them along to the HDB flat. Apart from a few modern ones, most of the planting would be almost haphazard, as one would see in a kampong - lemon grass here, chilli there, pomegranate and lime mixed with more exotic ones, possibly from festive seasons.

If there is any common plants of Singaporean HDB dwellers, it must be local herbs, spices and plants that could be used in the kitchen. These could range from Kancheo to Chilli to ginger. To the more "modern" family, one could find sweet basils too.

If you see a pomegranate plant, chances are the owners are Chinese, and possible traditional Taoists. To them, a pomegranate plant is important because the leaves are meant to cleanse oneself, especially after one attends a "white" event, such as a funeral wake. Associating with the pomegranate could be the lime or pomelo (although this one is often too big for a flat corridor), where the leaves also have the same functions.

This does not tell the whole story and so I am going to go corridor walking to look for interesting characteristics of the current garden in the HDB flat. I anticipate that in the near future, garden landscaping may become more popular in the HDB flats, and with it, the wild kampong garden landscape could disappear. (^^)


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