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