In preparing for the big day, sadly, some treasured plants had to be temporarily moved somewhere; some had (sorry!) to go; some were given permission to stay put, but had to have their branches chopped off, in order to make way for the tents. I was particularly sad that I had to cut down the beautiful branches of my only mango tree (I named it Belalai Gajah - Elephant Trunk, because of its very long leaves), that was just beginning to flower. But, of course, making my daughter happy was uppermost on my mind.
Can you see the green, healthy and bushy mango tree days before I, the "barber", sadly groomed its branches, as instructed and specified by the canopy man?
And now, look at how "naked" poor
Belalai Gajah appeared after its
branches were removed!
But I must admit that
the plant looked quite stunning
after a few weeks, donning young
leaves, with vibrant colours.
Three months or so after the wedding, my Belalai Gajah , I would say, had finally recovered from the shock. Little did it know that I had plans to "engineer" its young and tender branches, in such a way that they don't grow upward. I wanted these new branches to "spread out" sideways. Branches that are parallel to the ground, I was told, would produce flowers that could yield more fruits. Without doubt, reshaping the tree by making it grow sideways, would also facilitate easier harvesting of fruits later on.
By the way, would anyone know what is the best fertilizer for Belalai Gajah?
The memorable wedding feast, beloved Belalai Gajah ..... and all the trees that I cherish around the house, you have given my life colours and hopes to move on ......