Her name is Kuchi, a Japanese Spitz and she’s been with us for the last three or four years. I could not exactly remember the date, she was just given by a friend and neighbor to us. She romps with our two other dogs but sometimes lords it over the garden. She has a snow-white coat and I love her tail, a rich fringe of long hair and curled over the back.
Considering her size, she can disturb the whole neighborhood when she barks.
My youngest brother is such a thoughtful soul. He called me up from Tulsa, OK at exactly 12am yesterday just to greet me a happy birthday. We talked for almost an hour. Yes we could stay talking that long about anything under the sun but it is always about our family mostly. The funny thing is, he is such a funny guy too. Laughter is not far behind when we are on the phone so many miles from each other.
He filled my phone with 59 birthday greetings, can you believe? We laughed and I asked him, “did you count?” It is one unforgettable birthday, turning 59, that is!
And yes, he sent me this lovely photo of the roses growing in their garden. How nice!
It was one of those mornings when you just can’t help but hold garden scissors in your hands. Some of my plants needed trimming so I spent the early morning replanting some plants too. The morning would not be complete without taking a few shots. I always document every bloom, something to think about when summer is gone.
It’s been a while since I took pictures of our garden. Last weekend, we had the roof and the perimeter fence repainted and the two painters left extra paint so I retouched our grotto and our concrete garden set. Then I noticed this, my Amazon lily is in bloom again. Can’t wait to see the white scented blooms.
The only flowers growing here now are my crossandra, bleeding hearts, pink angel flowers and my shrimp plants. The two jackfruit trees are laden with fruits though.
Two weeks ago, Josef and I chanced upon some fresh Basil at Pasig market, tried planting a small shoot, I was surprised it is pleasantly thriving.
You’ll probably think these are variegated oregano but they’re not. One of the painters we hired last weekend accidentally dropped a small can of paint while retouching our roof, short of cutting all the leaves with the paint smear, I’ll just wait for it to grow again. I have plenty of them behind the house anyway.
I’ve missed taking pics and these are my latest shots.
I am dreaming of having a gazing globe in my garden, something that would reflect the light and capture the images there. I wonder where I could buy one.
I remember these two garden accessories that my brother has installed in our wild garden in the province. They look so lovely when they are lighted at night, making pockets of shadows in the garden.
A home away from home.
It’s almost four years now since I went home to the province to bond with some of our relatives and visit our garden there. I miss the times that I used to bring my camera and take shots of every growing flowers there and wish I could bring them back home to Manila. I don’t have enough space though so it would just have to be in pictures.
I am quite ashamed I haven’t updated this gardening blog for quite a while. Maybe, I’ll make a simple resolution to post something every week (easier said than done). I won’t make promises but we’ll see. Here are some favorite photos that I took the last time I was there, always with my then eight-year old niece in tow.
This is just lovely. I gave about half a kilo of freshly picked calamansi (Philippine lime) to one of our neighbors and she gave me back two lemons from her backyard plus a pot of Korean ginseng. This is the first time I’ve seen a Korean ginseng plant and she told me that the flowers are red like berries. She’s been growing this pot for about a year now from the mother plant. Ginseng has lots of medicinal value. What I’ve only seen in pictures are the roots of matured plant. Really looking forward to seeing it grow. Will take some pictures tomorrow and attach them here.
Last week, another neighbor gifted me with a Zamia plant. I re-potted it into three pots. Aren’t I lucky? These are quite expensive when you buy them in garden centers. Early Christmas gifts, what do you say?
I put them out in full morning sun everyday until around 10am. The three pots are thriving pretty well. I am planning to transfer some of my Crossandra plants tomorrow and use them as ground covers outside my bedroom window. I hope I would be able to wake up early to do a little gardening.
I feel guilty.
For several months now, I’ve neglected updating this blog. All I got to show were some reblogged posts from my main blog here at WordPress. I’ve finally finished trimming, weeding and replanting – the whole rigmarole of maintaining a small garden. Of course, this post won’t be complete without some pictures I recently took of the flowers growing there. No matter how small a garden is, it takes much of your time but it is always a delight for those lovely surprises that it brings.
I took this close-up shot early this morning. Would love to document everything here. Months from now, when it blooms again, I would remember this, the time I wondered how the flowers would look, the times I repeatedly looked out of the window to admire it. Gosh, i’m crazy when it comes to flowers :)
Oh, there is a bonus.
This is Noki, a gift from a friend. He is a half-bred Labrador/Japanese Spitz. So playful and naughty. When I’m in the garden, he would inch his big body near our fence and bark his lungs out at the passersby. I also just harvested more than a kilo of Calamansi (Philippine lime) and gave some to our neighbors.
The joys of gardening…..so priceless!