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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
I can’t believe it’s only 9:30am. I’ve been awake since 4am and it feels like the hours seem longer and stretching to boredom so I grabbed my camera and took a few pictures of our small garden. I love the uniform length of the newly cut carabao grass. It’s been a while since I updated this blog.
I must admit it’s hard sometimes to trim those Fukien tea plants and make a perfect round shape out of them.
That jar is almost as old as I am. A gift from an old aunt in the province.
These are my prayer plants. Its leaves fold at night and unfold early in the morning. Prayer plants need light but they should be put in partial shade.
This is my lone Gardenia shrub. It has several buds in almost every tip ready to unfurl.
My dainty pink Begonia.
This is called Sagilala or more commonly known as San Francisco plant/Buenavista. This shrub is perfect as border and it is so easy to grow from cuttings.
It’s a cheese plant. The first time I’ve seen this in our garden in Pangasinan, I thought the leaves were cut into several shapes but that’s the way they look.
My African Rose. It blooms all year round.
My Ruellia plants in colors of white, purple and pink. They are also known as wild Petunia.
Every year, I am gifted with the heady scent of a gardenia bloom. The previous years, I was just so happy seeing one or two, three at the most blooming all at once. This year though, they bloomed early and almost every tip of my gardenia shrub has buds. I can't resist making a flower arrangement. These are flowers of my childhood, mom used to grow them lined at the walkway going to our front door.