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.

garden light1

garden light2

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?

Originally posted on DREAMS AND ESCAPES:

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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Life In Our Neighborhood

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?

Zamia

Zamia…I love its shiny leaves.

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.

Seeing Is Believing

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.

Red Mokara Orchids

Red Mokara Orchids

Can't wait for these buds to bloom :)

Can’t wait for these buds to bloom :)

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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.

His name is Noki.

His name is Noki.

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!

 

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