What’s New In My Garden?

“It was such a pleasure to sink one’s hands into the warm earth, to feel at one’s fingertips the possibilities of the new season.”  – Kate Morton

Such a shame! I only have about ninety posts here (this one is the 91st). I think this is the most neglected of all my five blogs here on WordPress.  Anyway, I am again sharing some new blooms and newly planted ones in my small garden. Took all these shots from my tab so some  are a bit grainy.

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This plant is attractive when the young leaves have that orange hue,   the leaves  change back to all green as they mature.

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I am thinking of uprooting this shrub altogether  then have some stems replanted. It is growing wild but the flowers are just lovely.

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Aren’t they lovely?  They are my dwarf plumeria.  I bought a little pot three years ago and  it is nicely flowering. It is summer and  the plants love the heat.

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Josef bought me two of this last Sunday on our way to Church. It’s a cross between a fern and a palm but I don’t know its exact name.  Come December, it might be big enough to use as  Christmas tree in the garden.

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Grown from seed, this blackberry is nicely thriving in the sun.  I have five of this. a friend sent me some seeds  a year ago. I wanted to plant them all but I don’t have enough space in the garden so they are just behind the house where they enjoy early morning sun.

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And this is another surprise, my sweet-scented Gardenia. This is an early bloom since my lone shrub usually produces  flowers during the month of May.

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Our two Jackfruit trees  are bearing fruits again.  We have about nine big fruits now.  Last month, I picked two young ones and cooked them in coconut cream.  There are still so many small buds growing in  all the branches. I hope they would mature like these.

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And the nice surprise?  Look!  Josef discovered them only yesterday because they were covered by our potted Bromeliad.  They are growing directly from the ground on a small branch  sharing a small space with our other plants. I have to transfer some pots so they could breathe.

The joys of gardening, it really made my morning.

Gardening Blues

It’s been two months since I posted here. Unlike my main blog Dreams and Escapes, which I update almost  every day, I have neglected updating my other blogs. It is even harder now to post  since I am just using my tab. My PC  has completely given up on me, what a shame.

Yesterday, I started gardening again uprooting weeds, removing dried leaves , pruning  and doing the whole rigmarole of tending a garden. I was excited to finally transfer my blackberry seedlings  to the ground. I am wondering when it will bear fruits. A friend who gave the seeds to me said that it is not a high-maintenance plant. I also planted two onion bulbs in pots  and transferred a few shoots of pandan.

I finally learned taking shots of my garden blooms using my new camera and my tab instead of my Canon camera.

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The joys of gardening – chasing thoughts in your head and listening to silent words while pulling a stubborn weed – priceless moments savouring the language  of silence.

Queen Of The Garden

Queen of the garden

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.

Roses, Always Roses

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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!

Capturing A Moment

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Life’s simple pleasures. A brilliant green Taro leaf against the blue sky. A moment captured in a photograph.

Garden Blooms

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.

The front garden bathed in early morning sunlight. I love those pocket of shadows that an early morning brings.

The front garden bathed in early morning sunlight. I love those pockets  of shadows that an early morning brings.

 

Those are our three dogs in the distance. Camera shy? thye're just done romping around, it's their early morning exercise.

Those are our three dogs in the distance. Camera shy? they’re just done romping around, it’s their early morning exercise.

A row of my Crossandra blooms in one corner of the garden. I love these flowers because they self-propagate and I just uproot some of them to transfer to this corner.

A row of my Crossandra blooms in one corner of the garden. I love these flowers because they self-propagate and I just uproot some of them to transfer to this corner.

I trimmed this Eugenia shrub two weeks ago, look at the new leaves. it's rather colorful, orange on green.

I trimmed this Eugenia shrub two weeks ago, look at the new leaves. it’s rather colorful, orange on green.

Newly planted Vinca  in two colors.

Newly planted Vinca in two colors.

 

There are more of these  jackfruits in several branches.

There are more of these jackfruits in several branches.

 

In a few days, that big one is ready for harvest.

In a few days, that big one is ready for harvest.

Remember this sweet Basil which I planted a month ago? It's flowering now....lovely!

Remember this sweet Basil which I planted a month ago? It’s flowering now….lovely!

Pineapple plant and Caladium...

Ornamental Pineapple plant and Caladium…

A cluster of pink angel flowers.

A cluster of pink angel flowers.

My remaining Cactus....used to have them in different varieties before.

My remaining Cactus….used to have them in different varieties before.

All these years I thought they are simply called butterfly plants. It is only now that I've learned that they are Shamrocks.

All these years I thought they are simply called butterfly plants. It is only now that I’ve learned that they are Shamrocks.

 

Shamrocks...I have them in purple and green. I do love combining tehm together in small pots. They are best as hanging plants and just like Crossandra, they are self-propagating.

Shamrocks…I have them in purple and green. I do love combining them together in small pots. They are best as hanging plants and just like Crossandra, they are self-propagating.

 

 

Waiting

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.

my Amazon lily

my Amazon lily

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.

Golden candle, also known as shrimp plant

Golden candle, also known as shrimp plant

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Bleeding hearts... they must be lonely :)

Bleeding hearts… they must be lonely:)

Crossandra, I have these flowers as grown covers outside my bedroom window, lovely orange blooms that greet me every morning.

Crossandra, I have these flowers as grown covers outside my bedroom window, lovely orange blooms that greet me every morning.

Until now I am wondering at the real name of these flowers.  I only know them as pink angels.

Until now I am wondering at the real name of these flowers. I only know them as pink angels.

Jackfruit, anyone?

Jackfruit, anyone?

Sweet Basil

Sweet Basil

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.

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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.

Garden Accessories

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.

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Nostalgic Moments (Revisiting Our Garden At Home)

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.

the first time I've seen this Powder Puff plant, i wanted to have it in my own little garden here in the city.

The first time I’ve seen this Powder Puff plant, I wanted to have it in my own little garden here in the city.

My brother had this ingenious way of putting light in the garden. It was attached to one of our coconut trees near our gate.

My brother had this ingenious idea   of putting light in the garden. It was attached to one of our coconut trees near our gate.

That old garden seat has witnessed a lot of bonding with my niece - short stories that she sometimes invents, activities in school, food and books.

That old garden bench  has witnessed a lot of bonding with my niece – short stories that she sometimes invents, activities in school, food and books.

Jackfruit, anyone? they have a few fruit-bearing trees there.

Jackfruit, anyone? They have a few fruit-bearing trees there including this.

A variegated Vietnam Rose.

A variegated Vietnam Rose.

Wild yellow flowers growing at our front gate. I don't know its name, do you?

Wild yellow flowers growing at our front gate. I don’t know its name, do you?

I miss these greens....

I miss these greens….

These Agaves are lined up along the road fronting the house.

These Agaves are lined up along the road fronting the house.

And they still use firewood there which Mom gathers from our backyard. Some are fallen trees destroyed by typhoons. mom has a small separate place where she cooks using firewood.

And they still use firewood there which Mom gathers from our backyard. Some are fallen trees destroyed by typhoons. Mom has a small separate place where she cooks using firewood.

Wild but lovely....

Wild but lovely….

Dwarf coconut trees planted by my late dad are interspersed with palm trees.

Dwarf coconut trees planted by my late dad are interspersed with palm trees.

When I took this shot, I wondered if the flower was eaten by insects but it was naturally shaped that way.

When I took this shot, I wondered if the flower was eaten by insects but it was naturally shaped that way.

 

Pink Over Red?

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Pretty in pink... Pretty in pink…

And in red too.... And in red too….

A few days ago, I blogged about the new buds of my pink Mokara orchids. Here they are in full bloom now. The red blooms are just as pretty as the pink ones.

What a lovely way to greet the morning!

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