Digging, pruning, weeding replanting.
I spent the late afternoon in the garden. With the little breeze coming in, it was the perfect time to garden. Replanted some Vinca seedlings which I found inside the pot of my Bougainvillea. The soil was soft, I guess from the previous rains we had a few days ago. Maybe tomorrow if the good weather holds, I’ll be done weeding and pruning my Fokien tea plants.
While I was admiring the new pink lily blooms, I saw this lovely insect in one of its petals. I am pretty sure it was not a butterfly because of its large body and clipped wings. I loved its color of pale green with black spots on the side. I was about to get my camera phone when it flew towards our kalamansi trees. I could not distinguish the leaves and the flying insect so I let it be…
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I uprooted the sweet potato vines early this morning. We locally call it “camote”. We usually use the young leaves for our sinigang or just steam them for a few minutes and make them into a salad. I replanted a few healthy stems and maybe in a month, they’ll give fresh young leaves again.
I also planted the Roselle seeds that a friend gave me together with the other seeds from his farm. I am not really familiar with how Roselle looks like. It belongs to the family of hibiscus and the flowers are lovely. And it is edible. Wow! All I have left for planting now are the burgundy okra seeds. Maybe when the others have grown, I will think of where to put the latter. The blue ternatea are slowly climbing the steel matting we put on top of our concrete perimeter fence. I planted the white…
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It took me a week to see an ophthalmologist. Finally though yesterday, I was able to see one. The doctor suggested I go to the hospital so she could do the necessary tests for my myopic eyes and matured cataract. It is my left eye which is affected and may need an operation later. She said it is an outpatient procedure and will only take an hour. It is quite expensive of course but I am praying my health insurance would cover it all. I asked her if reading so often did that but she said we will all have cataract one way or another when we grow old. Being hypertensive and diabetic may have contributed to it though. One thing that most of us openly ignore is our vision. I don’t normally go to an optometrist or an eye specialist except when I change lenses for my eye-glass. I…
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About three weeks ago, I removed the branches of our guava tree because it has dried it. All that was left was the main trunk which I cut a little too low. I thought it was going to die but imagine my surprise when I saw new leaves atop the main trunk and they look so healthy.
I guess I have to wait a little while before it produces fruits again. Our two jackfruit trees are showing off. I counted the fruits all in various stages of growth, fifteen in all. Who knows, it might still bear fruits in the coming days. I took some shots of them.
A few more days and one is ready for harvest. When you are blessed, you truly are.
Finally, finally I’m done with my monthly ritual of trimming the carabao grass. It’s a good thing that for the past two days, the afternoons were breezy. Just right for gardening.
The rocks behind and in front of this very small Mayana stem used to be a design of a long rectangular flat pot for my Bonsai Juniper but after only about three years, it died on me. I don’t know how to take care of Bonsai plants. Even the Bonsai Tamarind which the landscape gardener put in a corner of the garden died too after one or two fruiting season. Maybe they really need special care that I don’t know about.
Our compost pit is now ready for use. The lower part is just right to use for planting, the leaves and veggie peelings have turned into a rich soil. Since I don’t have extra pots for my remaining …
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It’s a lovely Tuesday morning. The sun is out and it’s shining bright. Perfect time to visit the garden.
I recently bought some Mayana plant, Marigold and a pot of blue Hydrangea. I used to grow the latter several years ago in different colors but they died because of too much heat. Now I placed it in a partial shade.
I just love the color of this Hydrangea. I wish I could propagate more. Re-learning how to nurture it. No direct sunlight for this one. Just like the Marigold and Mayana, it is susceptible to heat.
I replanted the eggplant seedlings in more pots near my two mulberries. To see those germinated seeds growing. Even my bottle gourds are starting to climb the permanent trellis we have at the back of the house.
I miss the flowers in my garden.
Ever since we had it landscaped eight years ago, some flowering plants were replaced by greens – Fukien tea, gold dust plant, Tagaytay cherries (Bonsai when they were planted but now they have grown). Our lone Gardenia died on us last year. I didn’t think of propagating it when it was alive.
Crossandra blooms and shrimp plants though are flowering all over the garden and my Amazon Lily gives its occasional bloom twice or thrice a year. My Shamrocks (oxalis) produce tiny white flowers non-stop. I have them in green and purple.
A portion of my carabao grass is dying. I don’t know why, maybe the soil is no longer that conducive for the grass. I am thinking of having it replaced bu then the Thai bamboo which we put on top of our concrete fence needs replacement too. It is quite expensive to…
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One gets engrossed gardening but before you know it the sun is hot on your back. This morning though, the sun didn’t show up and the sky is still cloudy until now. Perfect time to garden.
Since I became a member of Gardeners’ Tambayan, I was inspired to plant more and try planting veggies. My sweet potatoes are making a show-off, my Thai Chili is bearing fruits. I used some of it to make a dipping sauce with vinegar, garlic and a little salt. This could last for more than a month even without refrigeration. The okra I planted haven’t shown their faces yet. The water spinach in pots are sprouting new leaves. My pink angel cuttings and Ti plants are ready for replanting. What a thrill!
This morning I planted my deep pink Vinca. One packet is good enough. I tried mixing it with…
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I am a member of Gardeners’ Tambayan on Facebook. Tambayan is a Tagalog word which means a place where you hang out. I am quite elated to find this group since I am learning a lot about propagating plants, knowing what and when to plant in a small space like mine, learning the names of ornamental and some fruit-bearing trees which are new to my eyes.
Gardening is a fun thing to do. Although it is quite hard to maintain a garden, it is always a thrill to see new shoots, new blooms and flowers and fruits. Lately, I’ve added more water spinach in pots,
We went to the market yesterday and I was surprised how costly a kilo of eggplant is. I thought of planting it too in pots. There are so many gardeners who grow robust eggplant in pots. I searched for seeds at Handyman hardware store in…
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