The Kuala Lupur Botanical Gardens, as one might expect, showcase a magnificent variety of lush tropical species.
The Oasis Garden
even has its own water nymph elegantly perched on a rock.
And I do love a pretentious sign, so I was delighted to read all about the Oasis Garden
I would have said it was more ‘ the symbiotic harmony of flora and aqua creating a synergy unrivalled in the natural world’ … but then, what do I know about oasis gardens?
There is a strict code of behaviour displayed at the entrance, and I really must learn some Malay, because a couple of the pictures made no sense at all
The top right looks like ‘no fire extinguishers’ – but you wouldn’t need one anyway, because bottom right is ‘no matches’. Then the one next to the fire extinguisher – is it:
No couples? No cameo brooches? No speaking to a member of the opposite sex? No silhouette artists?
I decided to avoid all of these, just to be on the safe side.
There is a beautiul orchid garden
and a hibiscus garden, where I managed to listen in on a tour guide telling his party that the hibiscus is native to Malaysia and Hawaii, and the red one is Malaysian
while the other ones are Hawaiian
There was a particularly beautiful, dark pink frangipani
And an impressive corrugated roofing plant.
And so to the plant sprayer …
The restaurant is called The Horbill Restaurant, and it is picturesquely sited next to the bird park, with the deck outside overlooking the birds.
The disadvantage of this is that the hornbills perch on the ledge next to the deck giving you evil looks and waiting for a chance to swoop over and grab your food
So every meal arrives with a plant sprayer
As soon as you spot a bird inching closer to you, you squirt it with water and it retreats … genius.
I feel that there are many other untapped uses for the plant sprayer, to repel all sorts of unwanted intrusions, and I will be investing in one immediately.