“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.
This plant is attractive when the young leaves have that orange hue, the leaves change back to all green as they mature.
I am thinking of uprooting this shrub altogether then have some stems replanted. It is growing wild but the flowers are just lovely.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.