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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.


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.

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.



The Rewards After

After a few days of a back-breaking job, it’s finally done. I’ve finished trimming the carabao grass and replanting some plants. There is still one corner though that I haven’t touched. I wonder if I could manage to do it alone.  I took a few shots yesterday morning of the Vietnam Rose.

Vietnam rose and prayer plants. One corner of the garden.

Vietnam rose and prayer plants. One corner of the garden.


this is how the flowers look in the early morning...still buds.

This is how the flowers look in the early morning…still buds.


Once the sun shows its face.....

Once the sun shows its face…..


I love all the colors. Planted a red one early this morning.

I love all the colors. Planted a red one early this morning.


In clusters, they look like this....

In clusters, they look like this….


In front of the house, across the street.

In front of the house, across the street.


Single petaled Vietnam rose but equally as beautiful.

Vietnam rose and white Vinca.

The rewards of gardening. When Nature shows its face, you can only smile and say,  “I am blessed”.

It’s A Nice Morning To Garden

It’s so wonderful that listening to music at 3:50am would give you that much-needed lift to face another day…..gardening! I am excited though, even if my hands look like gnarled roots from an old tree, rough with age.

The Ruellia I planted outside is thriving well. My Vietnam Rose blooms every day with so many colors of flowers. I haven’t taken photos of them yet except these:

Another attempt at lovely purple Ruellia.

Another attempt at macro…my lovely purple Ruellia.


More purple blooms . they also come in pink and white.

More purple blooms . they also come in pink and white.


Pink Ruellia

Pink Ruellia


Pink vinca...

Pink Vinca…

And my pink rain lilies are showing those tiny shoots. again. They are nice grown covers but they produce flowers during the rainy season.  Next on the agenda, I have to repot these too. The bulbs are overcrowded.

My Amazon Lily in bloom.

My Amazon Lily in bloom.


“The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul. “ This is a lovely quote by Alfred Austin.


Time To Garden Again

Promises broken and often neglected. How’s that again, you ask? I promised myself that I would at least update this blog by posting once a month but two months are gone with nary a few words.

Anyway, I think the rainy season has officially started so I need to overhaul  my garden before it gets drenched by so much water. It rains every day now, sometimes at different times of the day and night.  One good thing that we won’t have to do is to maintain cleaning our outside garden with overgrown weeds. The subdivision finally decided to cement some portions of the sidewalk so two sides of my perimeter wall is now concrete but I asked them to leave space to plant shrubs and some low maintenance plants.

Three days ago, I started replanting some of my prayer plants, they have now occupied a row beneath my lone Gardenia. They get the morning sun though so it’s okay.  Yesterday, I removed the dead roots of some plants we planted before and it was  quite hard to do it. At least now, I could plant a few annuals which are easy to grow.

I started trimming the carabao grass very early this morning bu the sudden rain ruined my day. When the rain stopped, the sun was hot on my back so I have to postpone gardening again until maybe late this afternoon (if it does not rain). I took a couple of photos. They are not as good as those I normally take with my camera.

garden one

I still have to arrange those pebbles and rocks later.  At least my prayer plants are all thriving well. By the way, on the center is a seven-pot planter container made of terracotta. I bought it several years ago but forgot all about it.

garden two

I planted it with several colors of Portulaca (Vietnam Rose) and a purple shamrock. There are more things to do, more plants to repot and transfer. I wonder if the two sacks of gardening soil would be enough.

What’s New In My Garden?

“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.

Gardening Blues

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.

Capturing A Moment


Life’s simple pleasures. A brilliant green Taro leaf against the blue sky. A moment captured in a photograph.