Tag Archive | Close to Nature

Oh, To See Such Lovely Blooms

Spent the early morning weeding and admiring the flowers in my garden. I have some new ones I bought yesterday. Delivery of the plants was free.

I finally found whìte Aster, an addition to my addiction to white flowers.
It is called Snow White. The leaves turn variegated white as it grows.
It is called Bacularis, a family of snake plants. The leaves are rounded.
Sweet Basil. I hope it grows well so I could make pesto sauce.
A white Zinnia
So lucky to have two colors of Zinnia in one pot.

I love those yellow Zinnia flowers.
Java Mint. Tried it in a hot cup of coffee this morning. It was so good.
I was not lucky in the past to grow eggplants so I bought two pots.
Poprice, a family of Sedum
I have a pot of Parsley….finally.
Locally, they call this Palong. It’s Celosia. Tried growing some from seeds but they died after one flowering.
A pink Begonia. I am looking for a red one.
Look, this eggplant has flowers.

Garden Finds

Quite ashamed. I think it’s been more than a year since I posted here but you can always visit my main blog DREAMS AND ESCAPES (arlene1956.wordpress.com).

I am presently enamoured with white flowers. Aside from those I have posted here earlier, I was able to find more blooms yesterday. Here are some plants I haven’t posted here yet.

These are called button flowers, otherwise known as Globe Amaranth and Bachelor’s Button.
My white Ruellia. I used to have only the purple ones but over the years, white and pink sprouted.
Ah, my scented Kamuning. It replaced my dead Gardenia.
Just bought these yesterday, an orange and yellow Cosmos.
Yeay for white button flowers.
It is called Bridal Bouquet and has white flowers too
Snow White. Look at the variagated leaves. They look like flowers of the plant.
Sunshine. What a lovely name for a plant. It bears white flowers too.
Which is more colorful, the orange or yellow Cosmos.

My pink Ruellia. Used it to greet the new month.

There are actually plenty more. Will upload them some other time.

SNAKE PLANTS

Commonly known to us as Sansevieria ot mother-in-law’s tongue. There are around seventy species of snake plants all native to tropical and sub-tropical regions.

I only have two varieties in my garden now. I have lots of the dwarf ones. It used to be that these plants are just ignored by some gardeners but lately, this has become a prized plant in one’s garden. Most pots are sold by the hundred and even thousands.

The Snake Plant cleans air better than most other indoor plants as it has the ability to absorb excessive amounts of carbon monoxide. Additionally, it emits oxygen and filters other toxins from the air such as benzene, xylene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde.

You could use them indoors, even in your bedrooms.

 

 

Welcome To My Tiny Garden

Just done trimming the carabao grass early this morning. A sort of a back-breaking job since it is hard to trim the grass in between the stepping stones.  I took shots of some plants but they were a bit blurred in the early morning.

 

The front garden with Pandakaki pants, Fukien tea and Kamuning and others I can’t identify.

How come I always forget the name of this plant?

My hanging Ube plant.

My lone guava tree in front of the two jackfruit trees.

Dwarf Snake plants

Ferns and Ti plants

When Summer Is Here

I was supposed to include these photos of  our garden that I took yesterday morning  in my other blog but for some reason, they would not load.

I finished trimming our grass yesterday and started pruning some of the overgrown plants but haven’t finished them yet. It is so hot here.

Remember the pineapple I took shot of a few weeks ago when it was just a bud? It has grown considerably and I am just waiting for maybe two or three more months before harvesting it. Pineapples take time to reach their full maturity.  Would you believe, it usually takes six months?  Here’s how it looks now.  It’s growing nicely.

It is always a surprise to see new blooms in the garden. I only used to have them in purple, these lovely Ruellia plants  but they are now showing pink and white colors too. The seeds grow on their own. You’ll just be surprised that they grow plenty in your garden.

I have these lovely mixtures of Four O’clock, Zinnia and Vinca in one corner of the garden. They are in different shades of pink.  Summer is when you can see them all abloom.

 

A Nice Surprise

This afternoon, I gardened for a while planting  Birds of Paradise and adding soil to some of my potted plants.  The Boungain villea I have outside is now gone. It was uprooted, the trunk  was so brittle. I have one in a pot but it hasn’t flowered yet.

Our Calamansi trees are in the middle of producing so many fruits. Just harvested  more than a kilo this afternoon, they were so large 🙂 .  These are just from one tree, I haven’t touched the other one yet.

And this is a nice surprise. I noticed it among my Crossandra blooms while I was watering the plants. A robust and healthy green pepper.We usually use this for our sinigang.  I don’t even remember  planting it before.

And these are considered fruits too? In the market, they are classified as veggies.  Notice the flowers and the lone green pepper.

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.

 

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?

 

 

Our Wild Garden In Patar (Part 2)

It’s nice to have a sensible  16-megapixel primary camera on your phone that you can use on those point and shoot subjects with a handy and compact phone. The truth is, I haven’t bought a replacement yet for my broken Canon Ixus camera so I am using all the three cameras on my tab and cellphones.

Going home is such a memorable thing. Even if we only stayed there overnight, I was able to visit  those fruit trees some of which I helped Dad plant and nurture when he was still alive. They have a little plot for veggies now. I could no longer identify all the flowering plants growing there.

Not familiar with this flower.

I planned of taking home some shoots of this but I forgot.

When we woke up, our car was already clean. My brother took care of it.

San Francisco? I guess…

This driftwood has been in one corner of the garden since I can remember.

This hammock, spent a few minutes swinging myself here.

Love this bloom but I can’t also identify it.

A mixture of different plants…

Every time we come home, we always have buko juice at the ready.

Healthy and lovely bromeliads.

A white Bougainvillea

Love to have this color in my garden.

Love these double-petaled blooms too.

When I last came home, that street light in front of the house attached to the coconut tree was almost leveled with it. Now the tree is grown.

What’s this again? I’m hopeless.

Took shot of my nephew’s house near our place, a few meters across the road.

Countryside scenery that I’ve missed for so long. I brought home two jackfruits which I will cook later.

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.