Tag Archive | Closer to Nature

This Is Just Lovely

One of Nissa’s gifts during my birthday is this lovely plant called Rattlesnake Calathea (the one in the middle). It is commonly called prayer plant. I have another variety of this in my garden.

I didn’t even know that this could be used as indoor plant. I transferred and repotted some plants yesterday. The garden is doing good.

Oh, It’s Papaya

Every now and then, a papaya seedling grows in our backyard garden but it never reaches that stage where it would bear flowers until now.

I love papaya for the simple reason that the green fruit is best in our Filipino recipe called tinola. Tinola is best with chicken cutlets sauteed in onions, garlic and ginger. You add sliced papaya when the chicken is almost done then you can also add fresh moringa leaves and green pepper. Simmer until everything is cooked.

I took some shots of our lone papaya tree bearing flowers and it is fruiting at last.

The lovely flower of the tree.

Look at that, the young fruit is just a bud.

Our two kitties at peace with the world beneath the papaya tree.

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!

 

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.

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.

 

My Eugenia

We have this Eugenia planted in our garden when we have it landscaped a year after my chemotherapy. My son trim it regularly. Every time we trim our  Fukien tea plants, he also trims it. I love it when it produces these brown shoots,(they are new leaves actually). So lovely.

What’s New?

If this blog could speak, it might probably say, “you left me all alone”.

“I am sorry, I am really sorry. I got carried away updating my main blog I forgot about you.”

Maybe, that would be our conversation early this morning. There was a time when at least I get to update it once a month but being engrossed in updating just one particular blog is truly pathetic.  For one thing, the reason why I created this is to show my garden and my garden blooms, more pictures than words in the process. When you are into a free platform,  there is a limit to everything.  You can’t just upload hi-resolution photos to your heart’s content, they eat up the space allotted to you. hence, this separate blog.

The rainy season has set in and along with it are sometimes drenched plants and over watered pots in one’s garden. I am grateful though that I still see the sun shines every morning although thunderstorms are a daily occurrence now. Unwanted weeds grow by leaps and bounds too. Shame! Every day, I would visit my small garden and look at the plants and the budding flowers which are mostly the lilies now. I noticed my amazon lilies are in bloom again so with my orange lilies and rain lilies in purple and white.  The ruellia never stops flowering. it used to be only in purple shades but now I have it  pale pink and white.

This is an African rose. I used to have lots of it in a corner of my garden but it is too invasive. Last year, I opted to remove it because it was growing wild until a few days ago when I noticed  a bloom on one that was left in the ground before. It produces lovely blooms actually but the stems are full of thorns.  I wonder if I will let it grow wild again.

The sense of fulfillment cannot be quantified when you see tiny shoots and flowers that give color everywhere you look.

I love the smell of newly cut grass and the pearl-like sheen of water droplets every time it rains. How I wish I could capture everything here. And they say that you bury a lot of troubles digging the earth.

 

 

Garden Blooms

It’s been a long time since I updated my blog here. As I only have my cellphone now and my tab used as cameras, I am not taking more pictures. This morning though, I was at the garden looking at some  summer blooms and I can’t help but take these shots with my tab.

My two jackfruit trees are bearing fruits again. I counted, there were about twenty of them excluding the two  young fruits I harvested earlier to cook in coconut cream. My family loves Guinataang Langka.  That’s what we call it here.

My shrimp plants are blooming too. They are here everywhere in the garden.  Even my sweet-scented Amazon Lilies are bearing flowers.

The morning sun is trying to show its face in these lovely shrimp plants.  I wish I could just point my cellphone camera in the beauty of my small garden.

It’s A Nice Morning To Garden

It’s so wonderful that listening to music at 3:50am would give you that much-needed lift to face another day…..gardening! I am excited though, even if my hands look like gnarled roots from an old tree, rough with age.

The Ruellia I planted outside is thriving well. My Vietnam Rose blooms every day with so many colors of flowers. I haven’t taken photos of them yet except these:

Another attempt at macro...my lovely purple Ruellia.

Another attempt at macro…my lovely purple Ruellia.

 

More purple blooms . they also come in pink and white.

More purple blooms . they also come in pink and white.

 

Pink Ruellia

Pink Ruellia

 

Pink vinca...

Pink Vinca…

And my pink rain lilies are showing those tiny shoots. again. They are nice grown covers but they produce flowers during the rainy season.  Next on the agenda, I have to repot these too. The bulbs are overcrowded.

My Amazon Lily in bloom.

My Amazon Lily in bloom.

 

“The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul. “ This is a lovely quote by Alfred Austin.