Saturday, March 5, 2011

The shade tree

We have a west-facing garden that receives extra long hour of sunlight (HOT sun!!) everyday. Most of the plants would not survive in this garden, even with those drought tolerant plants - erm, maybe because i didn't water the plants as much as i do now haha.

Our sahara side garden in 2006


We decided to have this Beijing tree (北京树) planted in the middle of the garden for its beautiful spreading canopies and ofcourse mainly for its shade. Now this tree serves more than a shade to our home...Beijing tree


It is a home for the bees


A home for the birds (Woops! This is not real, haha)

A shade bed (5 x 10 feet) for the plants


My little playground


Guess what? A drainage hole...

And the tree barks are used as mulch to apply around the base of shrubs to suppress weeds and to adorn the garden...


Today the tree does not look lush anymore, the leaves just keep falling off by the stem and i think it is going to bald! The leaves on the tree are green and healthy, and the trunk looks okay too but we have more leaves on the ground everyday since 2 months ago.
2010

2011 I'm panicking but i don't know what to do! Is my tree sick? Or........ dying?? If he'd gone, everything that is under his care now will be gone too... sob! *

17 comments:

One said...

You seem to have put in a lot of effort to make your garden beautiful and the house comfortable.

The tree may not be ill. It's probably just Autumn for it. Sometimes, they need to shed off the old to make way for the new... I hope. :)

Nale said...

What a beautiful scenes. I enjoyed in every picture and I would love to be rested in such an environment.

Nale said...

I could dring coffe in your garden,every day:) But I'm much too far from you, unfortunately.

Autumn Belle said...

I think you have done a good job with your garden since 2006. Can sun-loving plants like bougainvillea, portulaca, vinca, and adenium survive on the west side? Your Beijing tree is a good idea but don't worry about the leaf drop. If the leaves were not having holes eaten by bugs or the trunk is hollow due to termites attack, perhaps it is only shedding old leaves like One said. Some trees are decidious and will shed leaves once a year. I have pokok bungor raya (Queen crape mathyr) tree that drop off all its leaves and looks dead after every flowering. By the way, your poinsettia has more red bracts than mine now.

Eagles' Wings said...

Well done on your garden! I love all the nice flowers. They look so healthy and pretty. You have green thumb for sure. Thanks for sharing.

Open Kitchen Concept said...

Oh dear.. I do not know what happened.. Maybe the next time you have pest control over you can get them to take a look at your tree to check no nasty insects/ termites? I love those toadstools and your magical way of making everything look neat and whimsical

Mary said...

We have a problem with bag worms. If you google bag worms you can see what they look like. We had several cocoons full of them in our cherry tree's and had to end up cutting off just the branch that they were attached to.

So sorry that you are having this problem. Good luck and keep us informed.

milka said...

One, Autumn Belle: I hope it is autumn for it too! I'm too worried about it!

Nale, Eagles' Wings: Thank you.

Open Kitchen Concept: Why i'd never thought of it! We will be having pest control to come over very soon. The last time they came was 5 years ago and i think it is time for another treatment. Thanks!

Mary: The tree trunk 'looks' pest-free, i hope it is not infested inside. Oh dear. The bagworms look really eeeeerie :/

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

That is gorgeous Milka...I love your landscape and all your pretty plants and flowers.

p3chandan said...

Love your Beijing tree, so shady just like my mengkudu tree. I like all your plants under the tree, am planning to have something like yours with rocks and a small water feature there. So cute la your garden decorations, love them!

milka said...

p3chandan: Angle pasal la, haha. I don't have a water feature there, the drainage hole i don't know sambung from where, so i covered it up with a modified-mushroom. Eh i on the other hand adore your Koi fish pond lor, and the pondok ;)

Bangchik said...

Is it dying?.... or it is reacting to dry season like rubber trees, yellowing and shading leaves. At worst, termites are making your garden their home. And that can be treated quickly...

Terrie said...

Oh dear, the Beijing tree was leafy and strong that is home for many beautiful plants and bees. I hope it will thriving soon. Your garden is lovely with your care. BTW, thanks for your comments on my KL trip. When my plane was landing over KL, I saw a few twisted rivers and many many forests. Love your country.

Rosey said...

I really hope your tree is okay! We get attached to trees and get sad when they die. I saw a bumper sticker on a car the other day,it said: " I don't just hugs trees, I kiss them too!"

You have created a wonderful retreat under this tree. The beehive is cool!

Malar said...

This is my first time to hear about Beijing tree! Anyway i hope it's just sheding leaves for new growth!

You have lovely garden!

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

Wah your Beijing tree like mother so many things to nurse;-).

kitchen flavours said...

You have a lovely tree and a beautiful garden! Your tree could be just shedding old leaves for new ones!