Tag Archive | city gardening

Catching Up

Spent an afternoon yesterday and an early morning today cutting the carabao grass closer to the roots. It’s a monthly activity that cannot be avoided. Tooks some shots early this morning while the sun was still hiding.

The carabao grass grows rapidly so I decided to cut it closer to the roots.

I miss our Koi fish at the pond.

I need to transfer some of those prayer plants.

A cluster of pink Bougainvillea.

My calamansi trees bear fruits at all times of the year.

Quite a nice surprise. It may turn into a lovely butterfly yet.

One of our jackfruits trees….early fruiting!

 

More Blooms In My Garden

Took more shots of my garden plants early this morning, those which I haven’t taken photos of a few days ago. There are very few flowers but I love the greens just the same. I’m posting them here in high-resolution shots. Some are macro shots of the flowers.

My Arius tree

 

Dwarf sansevieria in clusters

 

 

Locally we call these Baston ni San Jose, Amazon Lily without the flowers

 

A macro shot of my Bleeding Hearts

 

Crossandra are everywhere even at the back of the house

 

My lone Palm tree. It’s growing tall.

 

A close up of my Pink angel

 

Until now, I still could not identify this plant. The flowers are red when they bloom but they turn this color afterwards.

 

I wonder why this Adenium has split petals. I took shot too a week ago when it was just a bud.

 

 

There is a bud now.

 

And all I have left is the green Mayana.

 

This is also good as an indoor plant but Oreo keeps playing with the leaves so I have to bring it outside.

 

Greens

Took some more shots of my ornamental plants early this morning. More greens in the garden.

Planted this a year ago as a very thin cuttings then when it bloomed, it rewarded me with a very nice and soothing scent.

 

I keep forgetting its name.

 

I know this as white grass. Do you know its scientific name?

 

My larged-leaf taro. It’s edible. I use it for my “laing”.

 

My Eugenia plant. You can shape it any way you want.

 

Bougainvillea flowers atop my Arius tree.

 

I think this still belongs to the family of Caladium.

 

A flowering Adenium

 

 

 

My prayer plants. They fold their leaves in the afternoon.

 

Most of them are green, my flowering plants are just the Vinca,  Zinnia, Fukien Tea, Crossandra, Bougainvillea, Bleeding Hearts, Pink Angels and Shrimp plants.

Practicing With My New Camera Phone

It’s been a while, and I mean the last time I updated this site was more than two months ago. I love my new phone camera. So easy to take photos. Tried it again this morning taking photos of plants thriving in the garden.

Fire spike or mottled toothed thread.

 

When the flowers mature, they would look like  green Celosia.

 

They are called Golden Candle or shrimp plants.

 

My Pink Angels but I am sure there is another name for it.

 

This is where my Gardenia used to be. I miss its lovely and scented blooms.

 

My Crossandra flowers. They bloom everywhere in the garden.

 

Bleeding Hearts. Would you believe, the actual flowers are the red ones at the tip.

 

My Calamansi trees. Can you see the green and light yellow fruits?

 

 

Latest Blooms

So I wouldn’t have to adjust these high res shots, I am posting them all here. So glad for the garden visit a while ago.

Pretty, pretty flowers in almost every tip. My dwarf pink Plumeria

My Orange lily. Planted them in several pots at the back of the garden and they are flowering now.

My ever reliable and sturdy Crossandra.

Yellow Shrimp plants. Replanted a few cuttings a few months again and they are now blooming too.

Why do I keep forgetting the name of this plant?

My blue ternatea. It has so many pods and I don’t know what to do with them. I collected the dried ones to give to friends and for future planting.

A Shrimp plant in different color and different shape.

I keep uprooting this one but it keeps on blooming. It is susceptible to aphids.

Ah, this is it. My kadyos (pigeon pea). Finally, I could see the flowers at the tip. It won’t take long before harvest. So excited.

I am nurturing an Orange Bougainvillea but it is taking so long to flower.

And it’s that kind of peace and quiet that you can only find in a garden.

 

Blue Ternate, Anyone?

Every day I would harvest blue ternatea flowers and usually give them to our neighbor who air dries them. Her daughter wants to bring them back to the US. She said when she came here that dried blue ternatea flowers are so expensive in their area. Early this morning, I harvested more and gave them to our neighbor. Lucky me, I saw a dried ternatea fruit and gave it to her too. It’s hard to see if there are more fruits because the plant is so robust and healthy, you could see flowers every day. It rained yesterday so there were more.

Last Saturday, I  gave some to my friend who came over for my birthday. She was so happy, made them into juice and mixed  them with rice for that lovely blue rice look. And yes, it is an anti-oxidant. She sent me this picture  of the flowers that she arranged before cooking.

I really love its blue colors. So arresting. Looking forward to see more fruits of the vine so I could give some too to my friends.

Clitoria ternatea, commonly known as Asian pigeonwings, bluebellvine, blue pea, butterfly pea, cordofan pea and Darwin pea, is a plant species belonging to the Fabaceae family.

My Roselle

I was watering the plants early this morning when I saw these. New buds of my Roselle plants which I planted a few months ago. I have them in three pots and they all have those tiny buds.

They will look like this once they are in full bloom. Locally, they are also known as Hibiscus.

Culled this photo from the net. Just showing how Roselle looks like when it fully blooms.

My lone Okra shrub is busy, busy bearing those tender and young okra that I harvest every day.

Gardens are sometimes the best  places to be and their fruits and flowers are stress relievers.

More Plants And Blooms

How my garden looks now. My pigeon pea plants (kadyos) are growing nicely at the back garden. I planted a lone avocado seed in a pot two months ago, it is now more than a foot tall. Since I don’t have anymore space to plant another avocado tree, maybe I’ll just send it to the province.

The sun is peeking in amidst the lush blue ternatea vines.

My mulberry tree is as tall as I am now. Jom, our neighbor gave it as a twig a few months ago.

And the bleeding hearts are blooming again. I have to trim some branches because they are climbing my jackfruit tree.

More flowers…my blue ternatea. Gonna make tea drinks out of these later.

My lone okra which was left from the previous planting.

Taro leaves…anyone?  They are so tall and robust.

Gardening is such a joy when you see those blooms. They make you smile.

 

 

 

Finally!

I can’t help but be happy about this. My blue ternatea’s first bloom! Planted this a few months ago. The seeds were given by our friendly neighbor. It is thriving so well.