About me

I’m a 26-year-old Chinese female who lives in this tropical island called Singapore. I grew up surrounded by a lot of plants since my dad loves to grow bonsais (and he has been growing them since he was 18), but was never really interested in plants (except for weeding, which is therapeutic) until some time March 2008, when a friend mentioned she was growing mulberries, and got the cuttings from someone through this forum called Green Culture Singapore.

Intrigued, I joined and was pretty much hooked.

With all the hyperactivity of a newbie who plunged into the deep end of an ocean of plants, I started off with (yup, you guessed it) mulberries, and anything and everything else. At that time, I was simply intrigued and interested in everything, without knowing how to manage my space (since I live in an apartment now and have to contend with my dad for space against his countless bonsais), my spending, and my specialization.

Like all plants mature, however, I soon found the blind rush of wanting to grow everything from the smallest weed to the largest tree fading, learnt a lot of space management, and came into my interest.

These days, I grow mostly mints and a few other herbs as the edible and/or medicinal parts of my collection; and also grow some basic carnivorous plants for their sheer beauty and usefulness in catching those pesky insects for me.

I’m currently an eclectic spiritualist, with my beliefs and practices merging the most basic paths of shamanism, and the channelled knowledge of “You create your own reality” (YCYOR) by Seth through Jane Roberts.

I act crazy sometimes, talk with plants and trees sometimes, loves horses (and horse riding), adore and honor wolves and eagles, and will pretty much say hello to all the greenery out there.

I suppose you may call me Sky(fiery). Unless I find that I have outgrown that name, and am gifted with another.

If you like, do leave a comment to say hello to myself, so that I can say hello back. I like doing that. =)

I’ve been experimenting with creating my own health food such as kombucha, kefir and fruit enzymes. I would sometimes use my own herbs in these, so if anyone is interested, pop over to Living with the land.

I’m also an avid photographer. If you’d like to take a look at my pictures (and let me know what you think of them!), they can be found at Unending Horizons Photography. =)

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17 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Moses
    Feb 03, 2010 @ 05:25:30

    Hello Casey,

    I just accepted Leon’s request and came across your name.

    Wonderful blog (on all things green) you have going there. And, talking to trees and plants, is very normal. The native Americans did that, so did the Aboriginies in Australia, the Maoris in Aotearoa, and so on.

    Cheerio,
    moses

    Reply

    • skyfiery
      Feb 03, 2010 @ 14:29:50

      Hi Moses! Thanks for popping by. =) I’ll add you on FB too. Hee hee.

      Yups, I know about them talking with nature. However, in Singapore, it seems a bit strange to come across someone who hugs trees and talks with them, according to my friends at least. Lol.

      Take care,
      Casey

      Reply

  2. Liyana
    Jul 29, 2010 @ 04:44:21

    Hello Casey!

    I am amazed with your passion for plants! Your blog is a good read (:

    I am wondering if the fertilizer that you bought from Envizyme works so far. Please let me know 😀

    Thanks!

    Regards,
    Liyana

    Reply

    • skyfiery
      Jul 29, 2010 @ 07:52:25

      Hello Liyana,

      Thank you for your kind comment. =) How did you find my blog, by the way? Am immensely curious about that.

      I think the reason why I haven’t seen any conclusive growth from the Envyzime fertilizer is because I have a fertilizing regime and I rotate it every week. So maybe even if the Envizyme works, I wouldn’t know if it was it which really worked, or the whole regime.

      Speaking of which, I think I have two pots of balsam plantlets which I’ve never fertilized. I should use the Envizyme on one pot and see how that one grows. =D

      Cheers,
      Casey

      Reply

  3. Jo Jo
    Dec 12, 2010 @ 12:14:19

    Hi there, I live in both the UK / Australia. My blog documents my journey growing fruit and veg as well – we grow figs, plums, raspberries, snow peas, pak choi and now I want to grow more asian veg. I am reallly interested in growing kangkong and I’ve just bought some seeds and came across your blog during my research! How exciting to connect with another grower! Drop me a line! =) Jo Jo

    Reply

    • skyfiery
      Dec 19, 2010 @ 21:08:40

      Hello Jo Jo! I’m glad to hear of more gardeners, and would love to connect. =) Thanks for dropping by. I’ll take a look at your blog too. =)

      Reply

  4. YM
    Feb 22, 2011 @ 23:29:09

    Hi hi!

    stumbled across your webbie from nparks site. woo, am really excited by the plants that u grow in hdb. been collecting cuttings, plants and trying to start a herb garden. haha, any resources for western herbs? =)

    Reply

    • skyfiery
      Feb 22, 2011 @ 23:35:52

      Hello YM. 🙂

      What type of Western herbs are you thinking of growing? Most of the common ones like rosemary, thyme, majoram, sage etc. can be found at World Farm or various other nurseries. It’s best to do prior research on their growing needs before buying them though…

      Reply

  5. Jaime
    Mar 30, 2011 @ 13:08:47

    Hi there,

    Wondering if you be keen to attend a Terrarium Workshop on 7 April 2011?

    Rgds
    Jaime

    Reply

    • skyfiery
      Mar 30, 2011 @ 13:55:16

      Hi Jaime,

      Thank you for the offer. I actually know how to make a terrarium now; also have little time since I’m pretty busy. But thank you again for offering.

      Reply

  6. The Sage Butterfly
    Mar 31, 2011 @ 22:22:19

    You can link up to my blog anytime! I love your blog, too!

    Reply

  7. Nishant
    Apr 24, 2011 @ 16:41:09

    Hello Casey,

    I came to your site while searching (googling) for spice trees plantation. after reading your blog, I think people around the world have same passion about gardening irrespective of location and countries. Great work and Thanks for sharing the information.

    Regards

    Nishant
    Mumbai, India

    Reply

    • skyfiery
      Apr 24, 2011 @ 17:38:09

      Hello Nishant,

      Thank you for stopping by! I think gardening, like a lot of other things, is a passion and way of communication without the need for words, which is absolutely awesome.

      Cheers,
      Casey

      Reply

  8. Kwan
    Jun 04, 2011 @ 16:12:52

    Hi!
    Made an impulsive purchase among other herbs at our local nursery today, and were quite surprised by this little great smelling Lemon Eucalyptus plantlet after researching its growth and care online. It grows to be a giant tree of 51 metres if let be! As I was fading off among pics and posts after pics and posts about this plant, I came across your Lemon Eucalyptus post and photos. What woke me up was the background building in one of the photos, which is so unmistakeably Singapore, where I grew up. Flat, what we called apartment in Singapore. How in the world do you keep that giraffe of a tree in the balcony of a flat?!

    Your experience sort of reminded me of my own growing up. My dad kept a “tropical rainforest” in our flat and it burst out into the common balcony. To get in and out of the flat, I often had to duck and push my way through huge leaves and tricky branches. I am now living in a suburban neighborhood in southern Texas, and yet I am scared to let my little Lemon Eucalyptus plant go wild. What if it tears up my yard, flower bed and fence? What if it overcrowds my bluberry shrub, fig tree etc.?

    Btw, what is the root growth pattern of your Lemon Eucalyptus tree, spreads out onto the ground surface, burrows deep into the dirt? I also wonder how wide can the tree trunk possibly grow if it becomes a tree one day?

    Anyhow, just wanted to say something like “you are unique or you are brave” since your hobby and tree whisperer nature seem so unusual among many Singaporeans I know, but I ended up saying way more. Will check back with you sometime, happy journey! k

    Reply

    • skyfiery
      Jun 04, 2011 @ 18:37:24

      Hello Kwan,

      Welcome to my blog! Growing herbs is always such challenge but such fun, isn’t it?

      Let me try to answer your questions section by section to make things easier:

      1. How in the world do you keep that giraffe of a tree in the balcony of a flat?!
      Lol. Good question. I bought my first plantlet more as an interest without prior research into it. It grew in a large pot, and apparently, it can happily be pot-bound and still grow quite large. Just gotta make sure you do periodic root pruning, and fertilize it frequently. So…that’s how I did it I guess? 😛

      2. Btw, what is the root growth pattern of your Lemon Eucalyptus tree, spreads out onto the ground surface, burrows deep into the dirt? I also wonder how wide can the tree trunk possibly grow if it becomes a tree one day?
      Unfortunately, since I live in an HDB, I can’t really answer your questions with my own experiences. My friends who live in landed properties all grow their lemon eucalyptuses in large pots as well, so I can’t ask them. Perhaps Googling might provide you with some useful answers?

      I do know that if you plan to pot-bound your plant and want it to have a main trunk like mine, you’re going to have to callous it. In my case, I staked a thick stick and tied my plant to it using cable twists and twine. And then I forgot all about them, and as the plant grew, the twists and twine cut deeply into the plant, callousing it up. Amongst all the people I know who grow this plant, I believe mine is the only one with a trunk of this thickness, out of forgetfulness. Good for me, though!

      Thank you for your long comment – I enjoyed reading it tremendously! Hope to chat with you when you can. =)

      Cheers,
      Sky

      Reply

  9. Chung
    Jun 11, 2011 @ 03:01:25

    Hi, I am Chung now in Jb. I have been dealing with toothache plant since 2000. I also sold 200 plant in Sarawak. This is the best plant i ever have and have experience to handle this plant -spilanthes acmella. I have a blog at http://spilanthesacmella.blogspot.com. Also I love herbal plants. Hope tto know you about plant.

    Reply

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