It’s been a while, and I mean the last time I updated this site was more than two months ago. I love my new phone camera. So easy to take photos. Tried it again this morning taking photos of plants thriving in the garden.
I planted Zinnia seeds in different shades of pink a few months ago. They did flower and are still flowering at the moment.
This morning, I was surprised to find a lone bloom in the pretty shade of yellow. What a thrill. It was a nice surprise.
And my Shanghai Beauty is showing beautiful pink blooms again. I would just trim it when the flowers have dried up.
The joys of gardening, they give that nice bit of heaven when you least expect them.
I have harvested almost a kilo of kalamansi (Philippine lime), divided them into three small plastic bags for our neighbors. One of them gave me seeds from her pink Four O’Clock blooms. In a few months, I expect to have those pretty pink blooms which usually appear at four o’clock in the afternoon.
Don’t you just love gardening?
Finally, I’m done weeding outside but I have two blistered fingers despite wearing gloves. Some weeds are so hard to uproot but I have to do it. My snake plants can’t grow well because of these stubborn weeds. At least half of the job is done. There is still the carabao grass to trim and the Fukien Tea plants and Pandakaki too.
I hate trimming the carabao grass. We have to use a manual grass cutter because there are lots of concrete stepping stones in between. Hopefully by the weekend, Josef can help me with it. We also need to trim the Santan plants in front of our concrete fence. They are the dwarf variety but they are growing tall.
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Tried growing these small Colocasia plants which I found alongside my Vinca. I used to have them in different colors but they always die a natural death sometime during the summer to resurface again when rainy season is near.
I put the three tubers in a bottle with water and they now have long roots. They are happily thriving inside our comfort room. They are also known as elephant ears or simply Taro or gabi in Tagalog. I have the green ones at one corner of the garden with large leaves.
There are always surprises in the garden. Sometimes I find new shoots of plants that I used to have but have died on me for a time.
The garden is a place where we could spend those precious hours, head in the sun, dirt in your hands…
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It’s nice to have a sensible 16-megapixel primary camera on your phone that you can use on those point and shoot subjects with a handy and compact phone. The truth is, I haven’t bought a replacement yet for my broken Canon Ixus camera so I am using all the three cameras on my tab and cellphones.
Going home is such a memorable thing. Even if we only stayed there overnight, I was able to visit those fruit trees some of which I helped Dad plant and nurture when he was still alive. They have a little plot for veggies now. I could no longer identify all the flowering plants growing there.
Countryside scenery that I’ve missed for so long. I brought home two jackfruits which I will cook later.
So I wouldn’t have to adjust these high res shots, I am posting them all here. So glad for the garden visit a while ago.
And it’s that kind of peace and quiet that you can only find in a garden.
I wonder how many calories I burned doing three hours of gardening this morning. Yes, I started early around 6 am and stopped by almost 9 am with only a cup of coffee to go and the company of our “makulit” dog Noki. I am not done yet trimming the carabao grass. And I have to cut some dried leaves of my prayer plants.
A passive pursuit but a good morning exercise….gardening, that is. Anyway, I want to see the garden at its best this coming Christmas. My Bougainvillea blooms are doing a crazy dance in the morning breeze. I just love those clustered pink flowers. Once it starts flowering, it does not stop. It is a perennial plant and just right for our sunny weather. Our neighbor gave me some cuttings of cherries. I wonder if they will grow in our climate here. I’ll just try to grow them…
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