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


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.


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.


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About arlene

Life starts with a beautiful dream. Life starts in somehow believing that one day you’ll get what you wished and prayed for. Life starts with something you believe you can do and dream about. My entries here are mostly about my journey as a cancer patient, a cancer survivor, a mother, a friend, and about the books I read, places I want to visit and have visited, people I want to meet someday and mostly about the daily grind of simple living. Dreams and Escapes is about having enough faith to go on, the will to live no matter how difficult life may seem sometimes and grateful appreciations of all the things one holds dear. It is about the belief that I could share a little of my journey through writing and writing is an escape for me. When things get a little too hard to bear, I put them into perspective by sharing them here. Dreams and Escapes, why not?

14 responses to “Waiting”

  1. Tina Blackledge says :

    Oh Arlene, these are absolutely beautiful and the jackfruit is fascinating! Those yellow flowers are brilliant and delicate! We are still buried in snow with another winter storm arriving on Sunday so I am really appreciating your flowers. Thank you so much for sharing them! Have a wonderful day, my friend.

    • arlene says :

      Thanks Tina! Be safe. I read somewhere that the flowers are just the white ones atop the yellow. These shrimp plants love partial shade and they retain their flowers for a long time. The jackfruit could be eaten when it is ripe but we also use it as veggie when the flesh is still soft, mixed with coconut cream, it’s yummy. God bless you always!

  2. Nurse Kelly says :

    Beautiful shots, Arlene! Hard to believe you are surrounded by such beautiful flowers when all I see is snow right now! Be thankful!

    • arlene says :

      Thanks Kelly! It’s almost summer here now so the flowers are showing off. At least in your area, you enjoy the fours seasons. We only have the dry and the wet here. At least you could look forward to spring.

  3. Lester Panganiban Ilao says :

    Hello Ms. Arlene! I’m a fan of your blog! Actually, you inspired me to start my own blog too. I’m a plant and gardening enthusiast from Batangas. Hoping to see more fun and interesting posts! God bless!

    • arlene says :

      Thanks Lester, that’s nice. Welcome to the blogging world. I don’t regularly update my garden blog, I am more focused on my main blog which is Dreams and Escapes. Swing by the site if you have time.

      You probably have a big garden there, Maraming magagandang halaman diyan sa Batangas. I will visit your blog later. Thanks for the blog follow. Happy blogging 🙂

  4. icezorg says :

    Do you make your own compost or do you buy fertilizer?

    • arlene says :

      No, I don’t. I don’t even use fertilizer except the decayed leaves which we have at the compost pit. It’s just regular watering. Thanks for the visit icezorg.

  5. pensamientos de vida says :

    Beautiful garden. Thanks for sharing. ❤

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