Tag Archive | Close to Nature

Done

Finally we’re done trimming the carabao grass and pruning some plants in the process. Except for a few minor works to be done, then everything is okay, maybe until next month. Grass grows slowly though now that it is no longer rainy season.

Josef helped me paint our concrete garden seat. It is now a favorite of some of our dogs while watching us clean the garden. Such a shame.

Our neighbour Jom gave me a few cuttings of dragon fruit. Planted them yesterday at the back of the house where there is a permanent trellis. Hoping they thrive.

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Busy Afternoons

I’ve been gardening the past three afternoons, two hours each uprooting stubborn weeds and outlining the area where some plants are planted direct to the soil.

Found some snails 🐌 clinging to the wall and in some of my plants. I guess they choose those they could eat. Found some leaves with holes in them. I couldn’t bring myself the crush them with my foot so I just threw them at the back of the house 🏘. There’s not much of them really but the small ones look so cute. Fancy me admiring those disastrous creatures in the garden.

We only need to trim the carabao grass now and it’s done. I hired one of our maintenance crews at the subdivision yesterday to uproot the weeds and trim our Santan plants🌿 outside. I told her to come back in a month.

To maintain a garden no matter how small is hard.

Gardening…..Finally

It’s been raining the past few days but yesterday afternoon, I was able to garden. I transferred my Lourdes plants in bigger hanging pots together with my Epischa plant and those green hanging plants. Forgot their names.

Rearranged and replanted these.
Planted these outside our perimeter wall and they are thriving well.
My scented Kamuning
Crossandra
They call it white Angel but I’m not sure.

I don’t have to water the garden every day because it is rainy season now.

First Bloom

My Adenium’s first time to bloom. I love this shade of deep pink. So lovely.

What A Lovely Suprise

Honest, I can ‘t get enough of the scents of my Cinamumu, Kamuning and Camia every time I visit the garden nowadays. They are all blooming at the same time. I got a lovely suprise when what was left of my airplant is this.

Such a lovely bloom.

Last New Year’s day, Nissa brought two varieties of Monstera which were gifts from Obet’s sister to me. I just love them.

This was one with the big leaves is Monstera Delisiosa otherwise known as Swiss Cheese plant.
This is Monstera Adansoni

They are lovely additions to my garden.

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.