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    On the track of a mystery melon

    B Magazine, Normita Thongtham, Published on 11/03/2012

    » For nearly 15 years, Peter and Rita Zimmermann have regarded Thailand as their second home, spending five to six months of the year in Bangkok to escape the European winter and then returning to Germany in the summer. Both gardening enthusiasts, their home in Freiburg in the Black Forest area near the German border with Switzerland and France is full of botanical reminders of sunny, tropical Thailand.

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    Gardener, Heal thyself

    B Magazine, Normita Thongtham, Published on 02/12/2012

    » Orawan Chomsri sent me a photo of the red ripe fruits of a plant she and her husband Rawat found growing on their land in Ratchaburi's Ban Pong district, when they visited recently. "I've never seen [the plant] before," she wrote, adding that it was a creeper known in Thai as mawaeng, a type of native aubergine.

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    All in the families

    B Magazine, Normita Thongtham, Published on 30/06/2013

    » My three-year-old grandson once Googled "apple". After reading the details that appeared on the screen, his father _ my son _ asked me, "Did you know that apples belong to the same family as roses?" He was intrigued that apples are fruit trees and roses are ornamental plants, but they both belong to the Rosaceae family. He has since become interested in finding out which plants are related to one another, and was even more intrigued when he found out that the strawberry is also a member of the rose family.

  • LIFE

    Have no fear when pruning poison plants

    B Magazine, Normita Thongtham, Published on 15/09/2013

    » Two or three years ago I received an email telling people to get rid of a certain plant, as it was so poisonous it could kill a child "in less than a minute and an adult in 15 minutes". It added that if the plant is touched, "One should never touch one's eyes; it can cause partial or permanent blindness." The plant was not named, but the message showed a picture of a dieffenbachia.

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    Hedging your bets with bamboo

    B Magazine, Normita Thongtham, Published on 06/10/2013

    » When we talk about reafforestation and greening the environment, the first thing that comes to mind is to plant trees. Millions of trees have been planted as part of environmental awareness programmes initiated by conservation groups, government agencies, and companies wishing to improve their corporate image. But I have yet to hear about bamboo being used to rehabilitate degraded forests.

  • LIFE

    Visiting thewet's forgotten delights

    B Magazine, Normita Thongtham, Published on 27/10/2013

    » In the past, when plant lovers and gardening enthusiasts wanted to spend some money on all things green, they either went to the Weekend Market at Sanam Luang or the Thewet market in the Dusit area. Thewet had an advantage as the row of permanent stalls along Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem, from the intersection of Sam Sen and Krung Kasem roads to the end of the soi just a stone's throw from the Thewet pier, was open every day. A few years after the Weekend Market was moved from Sanam Luang to Chatuchak, it was decided that separate days would be devoted to the plant market. Now nursery owners and plant lovers swarm to Chatuchak every Wednesday and Thursday, while Thewet seems to have been forgotten.

  • LIFE

    Pharmacy on the forest floor

    B Magazine, Normita Thongtham, Published on 10/11/2013

    » After making a name for herself as one of Thailand's top marine biologists, Hansa Chansang took advantage of an early retirement scheme to pursue her other passion: growing trees. She cleared most of her family's rubber plantation in Cherngtalay, near the popular Laguna tourist area in Phuket's Thalang district, and planted it with many different species of forest trees. Visiting her plantation recently, I marvelled not only at how tall her trees have grown since I last saw them five years ago, but also at the diversity of wild plants growing on the floor of the man-made forest.

  • LIFE

    Euphorbia leads to euphoria

    B Magazine, Normita Thongtham, Published on 02/02/2014

    » Richard Dawson sent me an email saying that he had gone over a few dendrology books but kept getting stumped as to the name of a tree growing in his garden.

  • LIFE

    Casuarina and effects

    B Magazine, Normita Thongtham, Published on 23/02/2014

    » For some people, the mention of “sun, sea and sand” calls to mind a clear blue sea and a beach fringed by coconut fronds. For others, it evokes having a picnic or lazing the day away by the sea under the shade of a casuarina tree. The truth is that the former is a sight common only in travel brochures; from Rayong in the East down to Phuket in the South, it is Casuarina equisetifolia, commonly known as ironwood or horsetail casuarina (son talay in Thai) that is an integral part of Thai coastal areas. There are more casuarinas on Thai beaches than coconuts.

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    Leisurely look at nature

    B Magazine, Normita Thongtham, Published on 27/04/2014

    » My family has made it a tradition to travel together, either to our country home near Loei or to my daughter Nalinee’s workplace in Phuket, at least once a year. It is our way of spending quality time together. Even when we are driving to her place, Nalinee flies into Bangkok to join us for the trip. Driving 900km to Cape Panwa in Phuket is not everybody’s idea of fun, but it was not as bad as it sounds as we made stops along the way when we went there during the long Songkran holiday recently.

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