Weekly Photo Challenge: Transition

Sometimes we have guests in the garden. Here’s one that transitioned almost as we watched. Regretfully, we missed the moment he went free. He’s a Great Mormon (Papilio Memnon Agenor).

He was already a large greedy caterpillar when first spotted
Chomp! Chomp!
Time to rest, and transmogrify
Gone now, only an empty shell left

For more info on this caterpillar and butterfly – click Butterflies of Singapore
For more examples of Weekly Photo Challenge: Transition – click WPC



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Just to update followers and searchers about the pomelo tree in a pot, the unsuccessful fruiting and the new flower buds, we have success at last!!!

After many attempts at providing fruit, the tree finally succeeded after I switched to goat fertiliser, and wrapped the fruit up as soon as they were of decent size.

The end result were two good-sized pomeloes weighing just under 1 kg each. The flesh was soft, juicy and most sweet!

Pomelo Buds!

Me : I have pomelo flowers!

Friend : For breakfast?

Me : ON the tree

Friend : Picture?

Me : Flower buds


Friend : Nice

Let’s hope I have better luck this year! For last year’s saga of the pomelo flowers and fruit, go to

Pomelo Plant in a Pot – for the flowers and early fruit
Pomelo Update – for the growing fruit


Pomelo Update

Some time ago, I posted pics from my pomelo tree. I guess I owe all followers an update on what happened.

Well, although a friend told me to wrap the fruit with a plastic bag or newspaper when it was calamansi lime-sized, I didn’t do it. So then one day when it was grapefruit sized, I saw a happy insect buzzing around and poking into the fruit… literally. I apologize I have no pics of this insect.

Anyway, not long after, the fruit started to ripen, and fell into my hand when I gave it a gentle tug. It was still too small, and not the proper size of a pomelo yet.

We cut it open, and the fruit pulp was still tiny within the thick rind. How did it taste? I don’t know 😦 Memories of that insect put me off!


Weekly Photo Challenge: Today

Malaysia’s national flower, the hibiscus

Traditionally red, this version is orangey

Fresh this morning, but then it rained heavily

a little bedraggled now


Pomelo Plant in a Pot

A pomelo tree sat in a pot in the Nursery,

Will it fruit, I asked the lady,

Give it a shot, she said and took my money.

Well I waited patiently,

And mom watered you irregularly.

From precious blooms, just one fruit survived it was tiny. 

Now like a little lime, will you continue to grow

As large as an orange, then grapefruit (your relations, you know)?

How sweet will you be, my first homegrown pomelo?

Click here for an update: Pomelo Update

Click here for a successful fruiting update: Delicious!