Oh, It’s Papaya

Every now and then, a papaya seedling grows in our backyard garden but it never reaches that stage where it would bear flowers until now.

I love papaya for the simple reason that the green fruit is best in our Filipino recipe called tinola. Tinola is best with chicken cutlets sauteed in onions, garlic and ginger. You add sliced papaya when the chicken is almost done then you can also add fresh moringa leaves and green pepper. Simmer until everything is cooked.

I took some shots of our lone papaya tree bearing flowers and it is fruiting at last.

The lovely flower of the tree.

Look at that, the young fruit is just a bud.

Our two kitties at peace with the world beneath the papaya tree.

The Beauty of Gardening

DREAMS AND ESCAPES

After the heavy rain last night, my garden is happy. Good thing I transferred my six  pots of Adenium in the shade so they were not saturated. They love the sun and require once-a-week watering.

I have dwarf Snake plants in a big rounded pot but they have grown so I transferred some of them direct to the soil. Put some in bigger pots and I had one planted in this little vase to put inside the house.

Do you know that “the Snake Plant cleans air better than most other indoor plants as it has the ability to absorb excessive amounts of carbon monoxide? Additionally, it emits oxygen and filters other toxins from the air such as benzene, xylene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde”.

A few days ago, I harvested green chili peppers and left two to ripen. They just did and I planted them today. We use these for our…

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Those Blooms

DREAMS AND ESCAPES

I  visited the garden yesterday and early this morning. Took some photos of the flowers thriving there at the moment. Those tiny white blooms are a joy to behold along with the purple and pink flowers.

I am posting some here.

I love the heady and intoxicating scent of this Kamuning plant. Winner!

My dwarf Pandakaki, compared to the Kamuning blooms, they have no scent all.

My green Shamrock. I have the purple ones too.

Don’t you just love staying in the garden for a while and admiring those blooms. I do.

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SNAKE PLANTS

Commonly known to us as Sansevieria ot mother-in-law’s tongue. There are around seventy species of snake plants all native to tropical and sub-tropical regions.

I only have two varieties in my garden now. I have lots of the dwarf ones. It used to be that these plants are just ignored by some gardeners but lately, this has become a prized plant in one’s garden. Most pots are sold by the hundred and even thousands.

The Snake Plant cleans air better than most other indoor plants as it has the ability to absorb excessive amounts of carbon monoxide. Additionally, it emits oxygen and filters other toxins from the air such as benzene, xylene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde.

You could use them indoors, even in your bedrooms.

 

 

Welcome To My Tiny Garden

Just done trimming the carabao grass early this morning. A sort of a back-breaking job since it is hard to trim the grass in between the stepping stones.  I took shots of some plants but they were a bit blurred in the early morning.

 

The front garden with Pandakaki pants, Fukien tea and Kamuning and others I can’t identify.

How come I always forget the name of this plant?

My hanging Ube plant.

My lone guava tree in front of the two jackfruit trees.

Dwarf Snake plants

Ferns and Ti plants

When Summer Is Here

I was supposed to include these photos of  our garden that I took yesterday morning  in my other blog but for some reason, they would not load.

I finished trimming our grass yesterday and started pruning some of the overgrown plants but haven’t finished them yet. It is so hot here.

Remember the pineapple I took shot of a few weeks ago when it was just a bud? It has grown considerably and I am just waiting for maybe two or three more months before harvesting it. Pineapples take time to reach their full maturity.  Would you believe, it usually takes six months?  Here’s how it looks now.  It’s growing nicely.

It is always a surprise to see new blooms in the garden. I only used to have them in purple, these lovely Ruellia plants  but they are now showing pink and white colors too. The seeds grow on their own. You’ll just be surprised that they grow plenty in your garden.

I have these lovely mixtures of Four O’clock, Zinnia and Vinca in one corner of the garden. They are in different shades of pink.  Summer is when you can see them all abloom.

 

A Nice Surprise

This afternoon, I gardened for a while planting  Birds of Paradise and adding soil to some of my potted plants.  The Boungain villea I have outside is now gone. It was uprooted, the trunk  was so brittle. I have one in a pot but it hasn’t flowered yet.

Our Calamansi trees are in the middle of producing so many fruits. Just harvested  more than a kilo this afternoon, they were so large 🙂 .  These are just from one tree, I haven’t touched the other one yet.

And this is a nice surprise. I noticed it among my Crossandra blooms while I was watering the plants. A robust and healthy green pepper.We usually use this for our sinigang.  I don’t even remember  planting it before.

And these are considered fruits too? In the market, they are classified as veggies.  Notice the flowers and the lone green pepper.

Planting Chayote

DREAMS AND ESCAPES

I gardened for a while this morning replanting my rain lilies, some succulents and trimmed the Fukien tea plants. It is a lovely weather to garden now. The sun is shining and yet there is a cold morning breeze blowing. Perfect 🙂

Two weeks ago, we had a left-over piece of Chayote inside the ref. It is a tropical fruit shaped like a pear, with green skin and white flesh, that is usually cooked and eaten as a vegetable. I love mixing it with tinola, sometimes with chop suey  or pancit.

What a great surprise when I saw these green shoots. It is a sun-loving perennial and all parts of it are edible from the roots to the tender tips of the vine. I hope this would grow well and bear fruits so I won’t have to buy some in the market.

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Catching Up

Spent an afternoon yesterday and an early morning today cutting the carabao grass closer to the roots. It’s a monthly activity that cannot be avoided. Tooks some shots early this morning while the sun was still hiding.

The carabao grass grows rapidly so I decided to cut it closer to the roots.

I miss our Koi fish at the pond.

I need to transfer some of those prayer plants.

A cluster of pink Bougainvillea.

My calamansi trees bear fruits at all times of the year.

Quite a nice surprise. It may turn into a lovely butterfly yet.

One of our jackfruits trees….early fruiting!

 

More Blooms In My Garden

Took more shots of my garden plants early this morning, those which I haven’t taken photos of a few days ago. There are very few flowers but I love the greens just the same. I’m posting them here in high-resolution shots. Some are macro shots of the flowers.

My Arius tree

 

Dwarf sansevieria in clusters

 

 

Locally we call these Baston ni San Jose, Amazon Lily without the flowers

 

A macro shot of my Bleeding Hearts

 

Crossandra are everywhere even at the back of the house

 

My lone Palm tree. It’s growing tall.

 

A close up of my Pink angel

 

Until now, I still could not identify this plant. The flowers are red when they bloom but they turn this color afterwards.

 

I wonder why this Adenium has split petals. I took shot too a week ago when it was just a bud.

 

 

There is a bud now.

 

And all I have left is the green Mayana.

 

This is also good as an indoor plant but Oreo keeps playing with the leaves so I have to bring it outside.