Clusters

It’s nice to be back and share my garden finds. I guess it’s time to take hold of my camera again and take a few shots. Look what I’ve found.

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I didn’t plant this  tomato shrub but just saw it growing side by side with our peanut grass at the front garden. It was a delight to see these green  tomatoes waiting to ripen. Something comes to mind, botanically speaking, tomatoes are fruits  but we consider them vegetables. How’s that again? I am getting confused.

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Our two jackfruit trees are laden with fruits growing in almost every tip of each branch. The sad thing though, not all of them will grow big at all.  Mom says the fruits with smooth skin are the  ones that would  ripen and grow big, the rest will just dry up and fall. Every morning, I would count the fruits, can’t wait to harvest some  in a  month or two.

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One thing I love about our calamansi trees (we have two) are the scents of the flowers. Calamansi or Philippine lime bear fruits all year round and they are perfect in almost any dish that need a little spicing up. They could be used to  marinate meat or as sauces for grilled or fried food.  Ripe fruits are excellent  as juices too.

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Not to be left behind are my pink Bougainvillea.  I just love the pink blooms.

So Why Are They Called Bleeding Hearts?

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I haven’t seen these flowers for a number of years but when we removed the invasive African rose in our garden a few months ago, I noticed this vine growing from a pot in a corner.  I love these tiny blooms, they make the garden colorful. Lamprocapnos spectabilis, that’s what they are called but don’t you think the common name Bleeding Heart is more lovely?

Garden Finds

It rains every day now and the grass grows faster and longer. Such a shame because I could not garden when the grass is wet with rain. I am afraid of mosquitoes and some insects sharing a home with my ornamental  plants and vegetables. Mom planted taro shoots a week ago and they are nicely growing outside.  Every year, the back of the house is always full of ampalaya  ( bitter gourd) occupying our garden trellis permanently fixed with tie wires.  Ampalaya is so easy to grow, it just need enough space to crawl  through. In a month or two, you would be harvesting some for the kitchen.  This morning, I harvested more than a kilo of the bonito variety and every three or four days, it would give you enough to last for a week’s supply. Most of the time though, I share my harvest with our neighbors.

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One thing about organic gardening is that you are assured that the veggies you eat are pesticide-free and you can always have them freshly picked. Aside from using this for our famous Pangasinan pinakbet, one could also mix it with scrambled eggs or as fresh salad.

Tomorrow, it’s time to pick calamansi  and make it into a refreshing juice.  The rewards of gardening!

Rain, Rain Go Away

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It’s been raining since Monday prompting most schools  and universities to declare “no classes” in most areas here in Metro Manila. The start of the week  was marred by horrendous traffic, leaving so many flood prone areas in waist deep water. This is a perennial problem in our country every time  the rainy season sets in.

This morning though, the sun bravely showed its face and look  what I saw in the garden while emptying our small pond with rain water. I can’t resist taking a few shots (as always).

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These are called rain lilies and they produce these tiny flowers during the rainy season. I planted some in a corner of our garden, the rest I put in a vase. I was pleasantly surprised when  I saw these tiny blooms. They somehow erased the gloomy atmosphere of the morning.

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A  Zinnia bud about to bloom. I love the surprise…

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My Aglaonema Blooms

Originally posted on DREAMS AND ESCAPES:

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Yes, aglaonema plants have flowers too which are quite similar to the flowers of spathiphyllum plants and green foliage anthuriums.

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Fresh Garden Pick

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Yeay, I had a grand time picking these fresh calamansi (it’s Philippine lime for you guys) from our two fruit trees which I planted when we moved here eighteen years ago (that’s how long we’ve been staying here in this place). They never stop flowering and giving us these fruits all year round but this is the first time  (I guess) that I harvested this much. They weigh almost two kilos. Calamansi has many uses in the Philippine kitchen – it is a perfect morning drink, an immune system booster, a perfect marinade for meats or even fish and poultry.

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My Pink Angel

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I bought a pot of this Pink Angel years ago. When it stopped flowering, I planted some cuttings in two small pots but it took so long for it to show those lovely pink blooms, that is,  until  now. It’s a sort of vine and shrub combined. I never knew its exact name  because I could not find such similar blooms on the net. It’s a Pink Angel, the vendor told me, so be it!

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