29) Arrowhead & me

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Planting arrowhead is famous among Cantonese tradition, as they believe keeping them for good luck and blessing.  Sagittaria trifolia L is the scientific name for arrowhead plant.  The name is related to the shape of the leaf when it’s mature.

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In my young days, filling up pebbles or marble balls to decorate the pot is a joyful stuff to do.  When the bulbs started to shoot up, tying a red ribbon around the stem is just like putting a color of red to your coming new year.

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Arrowhead bulbs can be eaten as well.  The usual way is to clean up the bulbs, slice it and fry it with sweet pork sausage.  The texture is powdery, juicy and sweet.  It is usually acceptable by most after a few try.  According to some medical report, it has some medicinal properties too.

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This year, I bought the bulbs quite late and foresee it will not shoot up on time.  Nevertheless, am glad to see some new stalks turning green and some sign of growth.  I believe it is the soul of my wish and I will keep it in my secret garden.


25 thoughts on “29) Arrowhead & me

    chris13jkt said:
    February 5, 2013 at 12:13 am

    I wish that it will shoot up in time, Sydney. Who knows that you bought mature bulbs so that it will shoot up faster than the average bulbs?

      Sydney Fong responded:
      February 5, 2013 at 12:21 am

      1st, they don’t sell in mature plant.
      2nd, I prefer grow from young,
      3rd is cheaper…
      4th is cuter!
      5th is funner! 🙂

    Gretchen Del Rio said:
    February 5, 2013 at 12:14 am

    I so enjoy all your cultural information. Wonderful photographs.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      February 5, 2013 at 12:24 am

      I’m glad you like it, this show that I never fail my job!
      Thanks for your encouragements! Have a great day!

    katrina said:
    February 5, 2013 at 12:17 am

    I love green plants…especially those that grows easily like this Arrowhead..like to see the greens in mama’s garden.. (its not secret garden ‘coz people can easily sneak into my mama’s garden anytime.. )

    # looking at that Arrowhead bulbs, I think they will end up in your frying pan.. Lol 😀

      Sydney Fong responded:
      February 5, 2013 at 12:37 am

      This is a kind of pure plant as it is very sensitive on words and fingers.
      In result, it will turn yellow and wither fast.
      Haha! You can just wait beside the frying pan now, is all up to you!
      I have seven, I can offer you one, just one!

        katrina said:
        February 5, 2013 at 12:41 am

        out of seven, you can only give me one…! How stingy.. :p

        …and I don’t wanna watch you cooking, I wanna cook! I am a good chef you know… Lol 😉

        Sydney Fong responded:
        February 5, 2013 at 12:57 am

        Haha! Yes, this is reality! Or take some pebbles along, that is all I can offer!
        Time are bad! I need to keep some for raining day! 🙂

        katrina said:
        February 5, 2013 at 1:00 am

        then plant it on a wet ground, it will grow fast and you will soon have plenty…
        I don’t need your coloured pebbles either…I like natural stones better.. 😀

        Sydney Fong responded:
        February 5, 2013 at 1:25 am

        Ok, ok! Time to sleep now! zzzzz

        katrina said:
        February 5, 2013 at 1:27 am

        have a pleasant rest.. 🙂 sweet dreams..

    ladysighs said:
    February 5, 2013 at 12:21 am

    Watching something grow is fascinating and a wonderful thing to see. We are often too busy to really notice the change of a plant. One day we plant it and don’t look again until the flower or fruit is there. But each little turn and twist of the stem and leaves can bring us lots of enjoyment. 🙂

      Sydney Fong responded:
      February 5, 2013 at 12:40 am

      Yes, this is the joyful stuffs I look for, whether it grow or wither doesn’t matter to me! I always enjoy the process!
      Thanks, you know my post so well!

    Leisa said:
    February 5, 2013 at 2:31 am

    I love your blog Sydney!!!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      February 5, 2013 at 10:01 pm

      Thanks, Leisa! You are so sweet! 🙂

        Leisa said:
        February 6, 2013 at 2:48 am

        You are welcome!!! And thank you

    Marylin Warner said:
    February 5, 2013 at 4:42 am

    This is wonderful, Sydney! The week between Christmas and New Year, we used to start bulbs. My mother had one set, my mother-in-law had another set, and my daughter and I each had sets. We stayed in touch with the progress, and for 6 weeks (about how long it took them to grow and blossom) we were all sharing news and communicating. It was a special time.
    Your post revived all those smiling feelings around the bulbs.
    Thank you.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      February 5, 2013 at 10:09 pm

      Thanks, Marylin! You offer a great idea of planting competition!
      I think I should try on different kind of flowers and record their stage of growing, and Blog it on line!
      Okay, I will put that in my list to be Blogged!
      Thanks for sharing your story with us! Have a good day! 🙂

    qiquan said:
    February 5, 2013 at 8:05 am

    I used to like to plant when I was young because as you know there is often a backyard in most houses in Malaysia. I planted vegetables, fruits (including pineapple in the wrong way), and some lovely flowers. My wish is that one day every HDB here will have a small ‘cubicle’, and inside the cubicle the partitions for kids to grow their plants :)! Then life here will be one more step towards the heaven.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      February 5, 2013 at 10:20 pm

      Yes, that area will be paid under your account! And only last for 99 years! 🙂 Haha!
      Luckily, I have a balcony to hold all my plants and secrets. Which I named it as secret garden!
      You can always see birds, sunlight, rain drops, dews or even moon light visit my little cottage.
      It looks plain to many outsider, but to the owner, is just like a piece of wonderland!
      Thanks, Kc! You are my sweet and gentleman! 🙂

    Rexlin Victor said:
    February 5, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Beautiful!!! colorful pebbles!!!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      February 5, 2013 at 10:24 pm

      Blogger Katrina said I was so stingy just offer her one arrowhead!
      In that case I just offer pebbles to everbody!
      Rexlin, hug, hug!

    kelihasablog said:
    February 9, 2013 at 7:01 am

    Always a wonderful and insightful blog Sydney! The first time I ever planted bulbs, I’ll never forget cuz I planted them upside down… LOL They finally made it out, but when I dug them up to save for the next year… oops… I realized my mistake. Your pictures as well as your words are wonderful 😀

      Sydney Fong responded:
      February 9, 2013 at 4:39 pm

      You planted bulbs upside down?
      For that, I believe I got a blur and funny lady staying next door!
      And she makes my day! 🙂

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