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A garden enthusiast who loves to travel and capture the beauty of places and freeze the memories of her travels in photographs, as well as document her experiences in verse...thankful for the simple pleasures in life.

Friday, December 9, 2011

A Sour-grape Story... Part 2

For those who might have read my post on my grapevine, oh, I don't mean that figurative grapevine, I  mean literally a vine with grapes growing on them, entitled, "The Sweetest of Gardens" you might be interested to know that, that said grapevine has, after being uprooted from my garden and transplanted in my backyard, finally flowered and fruited, after a year's inactivity. This is indeed something to shout about, as I had almost given up on the vine, and only occasionally fed it. I hardly looked to check if it was flowering. So it was the sweetest surprise when someone visiting my backyard pointed out the grapes...there were five bunches! They were not the big, luscious variety you might get at the supermarket, but nonetheless, they were the finest-looking grapes in my neighbourhood. I'm not bragging, it is a fact. Of course, I have to admit though, that no one else plants grapes in my tropical neighbourhood.

Take a look at my tropical grapes:

Perfect in all its imperfection. Having battled against the odds of unsuitable climate, environment and soil...all wrong for it to survive, survive it did, and bore fruit!

Some of the bunches look a tad weather- beaten, but I have no doubt, the worst is over for them. They are certainly bigger than they were before I transplanted the vine. Now all that's left for them to do ripen into dark red grapes.

Oh, and one more thing...they have to do their best to try to be sweeter than they were before. As I had explained in the first of the grape posts, this vine produced really sour grapes. Mind you, they had  a wonderful burgundy colour when ripe, but they were perfectly...sour!

A haiku to pay tribute to my vine is in order:

Ode to Sour Grapes

triumph over malice 
covert mysteries of vine
sour grapes turn sweet

So, here they are, reigning over the other fruit trees in my backyard. The other plants seem to be either hibernating, or sulking about being over-shadowed by the grape-vine. I really should turn my attention to the passion fruit vines (passiflora edulis) which require pruning and pampering, the mulberry bushes have not produced berries at all, the kumquat bushes are all leaves, and the list goes on.

As for now, I shall dream on, in anticipation of the day when my sour grapes turn sweet.


it might not be 
bed of roses
a bowl of cherries
life is what you make of it
if you can make lemonade 
 life throws you lemons
I can make sweet wine 
out of
my sour grapes
they say
make hay while the sun shines
look for the silver lining
you can find in every cloud
I say
I'll take that bowl of cherries
live and laugh at it all

Rosie Gan 
Dec 2011

Linking to:
Share the Joy Thursday
Fertilizer Friday
Macro Friday
Weekend Flowers
Macro Flowers Saturday
Today's Flowers
Macro Monday
Mosaic Monday
Poets Rally
Poetry Picnic
Haiku Heights(Prompt-covert)
Sensational Haiku Wednesday (Prompt-malice  )


  1. I thank you so much for linking in this week. It is an honor to host Friday's Flaunt and meet new friends and visit the regulars (who are like old friends) who share. I am always excited to tour each post and see the different flowers/ projects and garden art that everyone flaunts. It is a pleasure to tour and see all the gorgeous blooms...and I appreciate each and every link and comment! I have shared your post today with my facebook page for Tootsie Time. I hope you will link in again soon!
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  2. I am waiting for my grapes to turn sweet too friend!!! Happy weekend!!!

  3. They certainly look good Rosie, hope they turn out to be sweeter.

  4. Maybe if you say sweet things to them, they'll get the hint.

  5. Mmmm, grapes. Prefer they not be sour though!

  6. That's marvelous. Mine has never bear fruit and is growing all over the place. They look really beautiful in your photos but I bet they are sour.

  7. Isn't it interesting how sometimes when we give a plant LESS attention/pampering, it begins to thrive? I enjoyed your post today.

  8. That's great Rosie, grapes in the neighborhood. I wonder where to get the 'benih' in KL and if it would grow just as well! Your verse is equally great!


  9. You did a good job by having the courage to transplant it to another place. Not an easy decision I will say as we often scared that we hurt the plants. But against odd, it is fruiting very nicely in the tropics.

  10. You did a sweet thing for them with your poetry, now they may reward you by turning sweet.

  11. well taste or not, they are sweet to look upon....Loved you your poetry too.

  12. Not sweet? Will they be sweet if you give them a little more time? Our grapes are bronze colored when they are ripe and sweet.

  13. nice juicy looking grapes

  14. Nice reward for your work in the garden.Your grapes look good and with all the poetry I'm sure they will be sweeter this year.

    Don't worry about the flowers, sure you can post fruits to MFS. In fact you can post anything, now in the holiday season.
    Have a great weekend!

  15. I was in Tioman Island in Malaysia a few months ago and was so surprised to see grapes growing in front of a house there! They are not ripe yet so no chance of tasting them, but the house owner said, they will be sweet when ripen!

  16. Great posting ~~ wonderful photos!

  17. thanks for joining us with this nice grapes :)

  18. First time on your blog I think. Came here by Haiku Heights. Great blog. I love the haiku you have written on the prompt "covert". Thank you for sharing.

    Come and visite my blog, you're welcome


  19. Nie tylko piękne zdjęci ,ale i ochota spróbować je :-). Pozdrawiam

  20. That looks like our grapes last Summer ^_^ Kind of sour too. ^_^

    My Pearls

  21. A nice mosaic! Thanks for sharing!
    Have a wonderful week,

  22. Another wonderful post! I love the pictures and hearing about your garden adventures!

  23. your grapes gave me hope, imagine that! :) pretty pics, enjoy gooseberry day!

  24. Very inviting to eat them ! I love grapes, just had some this noon together with cheese !

  25. love the green grapes shot.
    what a charming post.

    Happy Poetry Picnic.

  26. Oh, Rosie--I think they're just beautiful green!

    I don't know about tastiness, but I do hope they turn the lovely colour for you.
    It's amazing as is, methinks.

    And the photos with the poetry--awesome!

  27. Excellent writing…
    Happy Holidays….
    I know you write stunning Haiku, welcome sharing with us,
    1 to 3 or more are welcome.
    no theme.
    Hope to see you in,


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