After more than four months absence Hans Fritschi returns to Discovery Garden Pattaya. A lot has happened: The first Valencia orange has grown. New giant hybrid geese have arrived. Buffalo nuts (Traca bicornis) have finally developed. An expensive Monstera deliciosa Thai Constellation was sold, some more are for sale. And the Chinese olives are thriving.
Before travelling to Europe Hans Fritschi pays a last visit to Pattaya Jomtien beach which is completely deserted. All people are gone. No more beach chair vendors, no more tourists. This once buzzling beach has become a deadly, depressive place. Whereas Thailand has closed down, Europe is opening up: Covid 19 times.
From Discover Garden Pattaya we deliver our many unique plants all over Thailand. They are carefully packed by our able staff and will arrive the next day at the homes of our customers. Most cherished are our Malabar chestnuts and our yellow lemons. How about growing exotic cocoa or Vanilla in your Thai garden? Just order some of these rare plants with us.
We have to mend our fences at Discovery Garden Pattaya. Thieves have walked in at night and stolen some of our most precious geese. And stray-dogs have followed suit and are threating geese, cats and our marvelous Iguanas. Whilst the diligent workers mend the fence Hans Fritschi meanwhile shows you some of the “wonders” that can be seen at Discovery Garden Pattaya.
Clitoria racemosa or “Sombrero” is a beautiful flowering tree from Brazil. It grows very quickly and thus provides shadow fast. It produces decorative green beans. But the most stunning thing about that unique tree are its flowers which resemble the clitoris.
Many males try to lure attractive women into their beds. Most use expensive cars, jewelry or outright money for their sinister endeavors. The Baya weaver, a sparrow like bird, uses artfully built nests as such a sex trap. If the female is impressed with the building abilities of her temporary male companion she will gladly pay with carnival pleasures. Since both are polygamous, the construction craze will go on and on and on.
Suddenly there were those pink (plastic?) particles all over the garden. What was this about? Almost all of that pink pollution turned out to be organic. And now we can hope for a huge harvest of plumb like fruits in about two months time. The bees are having a ball right now.
Ever since I heard that there are strawberry trees in Thailand I wanted one. And suddenly one day I was very lucky and detected one in my garden in Pattaya! One of its suckers I took to Discovery Garden Nong Khai where it has grown tremendously since. I was always enthusiastic about my unique strawberry trees whereas most Thai people were little impressed….
The Passiflora foetida produces spectacular flowers and attractive red passion fruits. They are the smallest passion fruits of the world and taste quite sweet. Therefore the birds like them too and distribute them all over the garden. The Passiflora foetida can be seen at Dicovery Garden Pattaya and Nong Khai (Thailand) where you also can order seeds.
Have you ever seen how cashew nuts are grown? At Discovery Garden Nong Khai Hans Fritschi detects the very first cashew nut. In order to get close up pictures he uses a drone that flies right up to the cashew apple and that lonely seed. Not only is the seed edible, the whole fruit turns out to be delicious as well.