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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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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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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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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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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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.
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It’s one of those days that I get to trim the carabao grass again. Although they are growing a little slow because it is summer I need to weed out unwanted grass too. The weather is just right for afternoon gardening. I am just halfway through, I still have so many things to do in the garden. It was quite windy but the sun shone brightly.
Our two jackfruit trees are bearing so may clustered fruits again. I noticed the small fruits at the base of the second tree not knowing that the first tree has born fruits earlier. I took one to cook in coconut cream.
The remaining five are now large enough to ripen. They were a little up the tree so we really didn’t notice them earlier. Maybe in a month or two, I could harvest again. Every year, these two trees give us fruits. All we…
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My first gardening blog post after so many months of not posting here.
My sparrows are back. I heard them singing outside my window very early this morning. Good morning world!
When dawn breaks, you discover something wonderful in the garden. My son gifted me with two metallic pots last Christmas from Parish Garden along with a sturdy gardening gloves One container has kitchen herbs like Basil, Parsley and Coriander. The other one has Lavender seeds. Both came with potting medium, you just have to add a centimeter of soil on top. I planted them last December 30 just so it would be easy to remember when if ever they grow to be robust plants. I’ve seen them growing a little every day, just small sprouts which look so frail and dainty. I wonder about the Lavender though, I haven’t seen anything yet. I have more seeds here for planting which I bought late last year, a packet of Celosia Armor Orange and…
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Just so lazy to make another post so I’ll just reblog this here.
I went back to gardening after letting my hands heal for a few days. Goodness, I have to trim the carabao grass again, they have grown quite wild in three weeks.
This morning I was at the garden at 5am, still dark for some but it was nice to see the world unfolding with a hot cup of coffee and the company of our dog Noki. Mimi went back to sleep besides mom as soon as I opened the door to our dirty kitchen. Have you ever spent an early morning smelling different garden scents? The sweet aroma and spicy scent of oregano, the spicy and sharp fragrance of ginger leaves that linger, the lemony smell of calamansi flowers and the intoxicating scent of gardenia flowers captivate the senses. You wish you could put each scent in a bottle and maybe use them to make scented candles.
Last week, I…
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