Blue Ternate, Anyone?

Every day I would harvest blue ternatea flowers and usually give them to our neighbor who air dries them. Her daughter wants to bring them back to the US. She said when she came here that dried blue ternatea flowers are so expensive in their area. Early this morning, I harvested more and gave them to our neighbor. Lucky me, I saw a dried ternatea fruit and gave it to her too. It’s hard to see if there are more fruits because the plant is so robust and healthy, you could see flowers every day. It rained yesterday so there were more.

Last Saturday, I  gave some to my friend who came over for my birthday. She was so happy, made them into juice and mixed  them with rice for that lovely blue rice look. And yes, it is an anti-oxidant. She sent me this picture  of the flowers that she arranged before cooking.

I really love its blue colors. So arresting. Looking forward to see more fruits of the vine so I could give some too to my friends.

Clitoria ternatea, commonly known as Asian pigeonwings, bluebellvine, blue pea, butterfly pea, cordofan pea and Darwin pea, is a plant species belonging to the Fabaceae family.

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Wednesday Thoughts

DREAMS AND ESCAPES

I replanted Sansevieria  a while ago. I wonder why they are also called  Mother-in-Law’s tongue. How have they earned that name?

Dwarf Sansevieria

Put them in full sun at the moment but will use them indoors later. A few years ago, one of my cousins gave me a whole pot of this plant and they are now everywhere in the garden. I love their sturdy leaves, they easy to grow too and need little watering. thew are low maintenance, so to speak.

Some years back, I found this lovely book about gardening. How to maintain a garden, practical techniques for successful growing and so many lovely photos on each page. I just love it. Sometimes, growing perennials is easier than growing annuals.

Garden Guides

Good thing I kept this baller which I wore during the 2016 election.  Mar Roxas on the go. Will be campaigning for him online. He is number…

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My Roselle

I was watering the plants early this morning when I saw these. New buds of my Roselle plants which I planted a few months ago. I have them in three pots and they all have those tiny buds.

They will look like this once they are in full bloom. Locally, they are also known as Hibiscus.

Culled this photo from the net. Just showing how Roselle looks like when it fully blooms.

My lone Okra shrub is busy, busy bearing those tender and young okra that I harvest every day.

Gardens are sometimes the best  places to be and their fruits and flowers are stress relievers.

More Plants And Blooms

How my garden looks now. My pigeon pea plants (kadyos) are growing nicely at the back garden. I planted a lone avocado seed in a pot two months ago, it is now more than a foot tall. Since I don’t have anymore space to plant another avocado tree, maybe I’ll just send it to the province.

The sun is peeking in amidst the lush blue ternatea vines.

My mulberry tree is as tall as I am now. Jom, our neighbor gave it as a twig a few months ago.

And the bleeding hearts are blooming again. I have to trim some branches because they are climbing my jackfruit tree.

More flowers…my blue ternatea. Gonna make tea drinks out of these later.

My lone okra which was left from the previous planting.

Taro leaves…anyone?  They are so tall and robust.

Gardening is such a joy when you see those blooms. They make you smile.

 

 

 

Waiting For Sunny Days

DREAMS AND ESCAPES

Busy,  busy  Thursday morning. Several loads of laundry and the sun is not even shining. It is again obscured by clouds.

I was thinking, today is August 23, eight days more to go before the BER months. Aren’t  you excited? Well, I am.  It only means December is getting near.

Gosh, how time flies. It may sound a bit redundant but it really does. Before you know it, 2018 would just be a leaf in the calendar.  And here we are, getting older  but still enjoying what life deals us every day. The little things, the seemingly insignificant things that sometimes we just take for granted really make life worthwhile.

The other day, I spent a little time in the garden pruning our fruiting kalamansi trees, I have to  prune the small trunks touching the steel matting fence we have to give way  to my growing blue ternatea plants. They…

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Busy Hands

DREAMS AND ESCAPES

Digging, pruning, weeding replanting.

I spent the late afternoon in the garden. With the little breeze coming in, it was the perfect time to garden. Replanted some Vinca seedlings which I found inside the pot of my Bougainvillea.  The soil was soft, I guess from the previous rains we had a few days ago.  Maybe tomorrow if the good weather holds, I’ll be done weeding and pruning my Fokien tea plants.

While I was admiring the new pink lily blooms, I saw this lovely insect in one of its petals. I am pretty sure it was  not a butterfly because of its large body and  clipped wings. I loved its color of pale green with black spots on the side. I was about to get my camera phone when it flew towards our kalamansi trees.  I could not distinguish the leaves and the flying insect so I let it be…

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Finally!

I can’t help but be happy about this. My blue ternatea’s first bloom! Planted this a few months ago. The seeds were given by our friendly neighbor. It is thriving so well.

 

Let Them Grow

DREAMS AND ESCAPES

I uprooted the sweet potato vines early this morning.  We locally call it “camote”. We  usually use the young leaves for our sinigang or just  steam them for a few minutes and make them into a salad.  I replanted a few healthy stems  and maybe in a month, they’ll  give fresh young leaves again.

I also planted the Roselle seeds that a friend gave me together with the other seeds from his farm. I am not really familiar with how Roselle looks like. It belongs to the family of hibiscus and the flowers are lovely.  And it is edible.  Wow! All I have left for planting now are the burgundy okra seeds.  Maybe when the others have grown, I will think of where to put the latter. The blue ternatea  are slowly climbing the steel matting we put on top of our  concrete perimeter fence.  I planted the white…

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Health And Garden Watch

DREAMS AND ESCAPES

It took me a week to see an ophthalmologist. Finally though yesterday, I was able to see one. The doctor suggested I go to the hospital so she could do the necessary tests for my myopic eyes and  matured cataract. It is my left eye which is affected and may need an operation later. She said it is an outpatient procedure and will only take an hour.  It is  quite expensive of course but I am praying my health insurance would cover it all.  I asked her if reading so often did that but she said we will all have cataract one way or another when we grow old.  Being hypertensive and diabetic may have contributed to it though. One thing that most of us openly ignore is our vision.  I don’t normally go to an optometrist or an eye specialist except when I change lenses for my eye-glass. I…

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Blessed

About three weeks ago, I removed the branches of our guava tree because it  has dried it.  All that was left was the main trunk which I cut a little too low.  I thought it was going to die but imagine my surprise when I saw new leaves atop  the main trunk and they look so healthy.

I guess I have to wait a little while before it produces fruits again. Our two jackfruit trees are  showing off. I counted the fruits all in various stages of growth, fifteen in all. Who knows, it might  still bear fruits in the coming days. I took some shots of them.

March 27, 2018E

A few more days and one is ready for harvest. When you are blessed, you truly are.