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Happy Wednesday


Finally, finally I’m done with my monthly ritual of trimming the carabao grass.  It’s a good thing that for the past two days,  the afternoons were breezy.  Just right for gardening.

The rocks behind and in front of  this very small Mayana stem used to be a design  of a long  rectangular flat  pot   for my Bonsai Juniper but after only about three years, it died on me.  I don’t know how to take care of Bonsai plants. Even the Bonsai Tamarind which the landscape gardener  put in a corner of the garden died too after one or two fruiting season.  Maybe they really need special care that I don’t know about.

Our compost pit is now ready for use. The lower part is just right to use for planting, the leaves and veggie peelings have turned into a rich soil.  Since I don’t   have extra pots for my remaining …

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Morning Blooms

It’s a lovely Tuesday morning. The sun is out and it’s shining bright. Perfect time to visit the garden.


I recently bought some Mayana plant, Marigold  and a pot of blue Hydrangea. I used to grow the latter several years ago in different colors but they died because of too much heat. Now I placed it in a partial shade.

I just love the color of this Hydrangea. I wish I could propagate  more. Re-learning  how to nurture it.  No direct sunlight for this one. Just like the Marigold and Mayana, it is susceptible to  heat.

A green Mayana


I replanted the eggplant seedlings in more pots near  my two mulberries.  To see those germinated seeds growing. Even my  bottle gourds are starting to climb the permanent trellis we have at the back of the house.

After The Rain (My Garden Blooms)


It’s the third day that the weather is quite erratic. We experienced the first rain in March two days ago.  Yesterday afternoon, there was a short downpour but enough to water the plants and clean the streets of  dust. We went back to a cold morning today with a drizzle. And here I thought it is already summer because the past days have been a little  humid and sultry.  Lucky me, I don’t have to water the plants at  least for two days or more if this weather holds.

I went out for a while to take a few shots of my garden blooms. As it is not yet summer, there are only  a few of them. I planted bleeding hearts yesterday and my amazon lily is  in bloom again.

My Pandakaki. I just trimmed some of them.

We call this kangkong.

I was quite surprised when I saw these…

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Bloom Where You Are Planted


I miss the flowers in my garden.

Ever since we had it landscaped  eight years ago, some  flowering plants  were replaced  by greens – Fukien tea, gold dust plant, Tagaytay cherries (Bonsai when they were planted but now they have grown). Our lone Gardenia died on us last year. I didn’t think  of propagating it when it was alive.

Crossandra blooms and shrimp plants though are flowering all over the garden and my Amazon Lily gives its occasional bloom twice or thrice a year. My Shamrocks (oxalis) produce  tiny white flowers non-stop.  I have them in green and purple.

A portion of my carabao grass is dying.  I don’t know why, maybe the soil is no longer that conducive for the grass.  I am thinking of having it replaced  bu then the Thai bamboo which we put on top of our concrete fence needs replacement too.  It is quite expensive to…

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Happy Days Are Here Again


Dirty nails.

Aching fingers.


One gets engrossed gardening but before you know it the sun is hot on your back.  This morning though, the sun didn’t show up  and the sky is still cloudy until now. Perfect time to garden.

Since I became a member of Gardeners’ Tambayan, I was inspired to plant more and  try planting veggies.  My sweet potatoes are making a show-off, my Thai Chili  is bearing fruits. I used some of it to make a dipping sauce with vinegar, garlic and a little salt.  This could last for more than a month even without refrigeration. The okra  I planted haven’t shown their faces yet. The water spinach in pots are sprouting new leaves.   My pink angel cuttings and Ti plants are ready for replanting. What a thrill!

This morning I planted my deep pink Vinca. One packet is good enough. I tried mixing it with…

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It’s A Gardeners’ Tambayan


I am a member of Gardeners’ Tambayan on Facebook.  Tambayan is a Tagalog word  which means a place where you hang out.  I am quite elated to find this group since I am learning a lot about propagating plants, knowing what and when to plant in a small space like mine, learning the names of ornamental and some fruit-bearing trees  which are new to my eyes.

Gardening is a fun thing to do. Although it is quite hard to maintain a garden, it is always a thrill to see new shoots, new blooms and flowers and fruits. Lately, I’ve added more  water spinach in pots,

We went to the market yesterday  and I was surprised how costly a kilo of eggplant is. I thought of planting it too in pots. There are so many gardeners who grow  robust eggplant in pots.  I searched for seeds at Handyman hardware store in…

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Catching Up

It’s been a while. Such a lovely weather for gardening. There was a soft breeze blowing  and it was really nice to stay in the garden.

Three days ago  I  transferred the two mulberry  cuttings  that a neighbor gave us a week ago. They are both sprouting green leaves. I also planted some okra seeds side by side with it. By the time it has grown, my okra would have died.

I bought two plastic  pots where I transferred some of my dwarf snake plants.  They are crowding my round pot where they were previously planted. They are easy maintenance  plants and do not need much watering. They are ideal for indoors.


Our compost  pit is now ready. The vegetable skins, weeds and leaves that we used to throw there have now turned into a rich soil  that we could use for planting.

My Eugenia

We have this Eugenia planted in our garden when we have it landscaped a year after my chemotherapy. My son trim it regularly. Every time we trim our  Fukien tea plants, he also trims it. I love it when it produces these brown shoots,(they are new leaves actually). So lovely.



Sometimes there is an advantage in attending anticipated mass. As Josef was free last Saturday night, we decided to go to mass at 6:30 pm.  It made my Sunday free.

For the past two mornings, I’ve been in the garden digging, replanting and weeding . Getting ready for the rainy days.  The satisfaction one gets from gardening….priceless. I know some won’t agree with me.   Sometimes I don’t wear gloves at all.  It’s nice to feel the rough and coarse earth in your hands once in a while. And it’s nice to see recently trimmed plants lining the garden wall.  One of my friends who visited me last Thursday brought  a pot of pink shrimp plant for my garden. I have the yellow variety so this pink one would add to the beauty of the yellow flowers. I hope I could propagate it later.

Pretty in pink. Can’t wait to see…

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What’s New?

If this blog could speak, it might probably say, “you left me all alone”.

“I am sorry, I am really sorry. I got carried away updating my main blog I forgot about you.”

Maybe, that would be our conversation early this morning. There was a time when at least I get to update it once a month but being engrossed in updating just one particular blog is truly pathetic.  For one thing, the reason why I created this is to show my garden and my garden blooms, more pictures than words in the process. When you are into a free platform,  there is a limit to everything.  You can’t just upload hi-resolution photos to your heart’s content, they eat up the space allotted to you. hence, this separate blog.

The rainy season has set in and along with it are sometimes drenched plants and over watered pots in one’s garden. I am grateful though that I still see the sun shines every morning although thunderstorms are a daily occurrence now. Unwanted weeds grow by leaps and bounds too. Shame! Every day, I would visit my small garden and look at the plants and the budding flowers which are mostly the lilies now. I noticed my amazon lilies are in bloom again so with my orange lilies and rain lilies in purple and white.  The ruellia never stops flowering. it used to be only in purple shades but now I have it  pale pink and white.

This is an African rose. I used to have lots of it in a corner of my garden but it is too invasive. Last year, I opted to remove it because it was growing wild until a few days ago when I noticed  a bloom on one that was left in the ground before. It produces lovely blooms actually but the stems are full of thorns.  I wonder if I will let it grow wild again.

The sense of fulfillment cannot be quantified when you see tiny shoots and flowers that give color everywhere you look.

I love the smell of newly cut grass and the pearl-like sheen of water droplets every time it rains. How I wish I could capture everything here. And they say that you bury a lot of troubles digging the earth.