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.
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.
And it’s that kind of peace and quiet that you can only find in a garden.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I so love my tab, it is so easy to point and click, capture some blooms and freeze them forever. Mom says she likes all the flowers blooming in our small garden.
A few days ago, I blogged about this, newly planted. My purple shamrock. I have this in green but they are in bigger pots.
I love the pink ones though. I also have them in white.
It hasn’t rained for more about three days now so I have to go out and water the Ruellia plants I lined up outside our perimeter wall. While I was watering the plants, I noticed this lovely bloom. It was just a month ago when we trimmed this shrub and all that were left were the big trunks and a few leaves. Look at it now, this is such another lovely surprise.
I noticed more buds at the tip of each remaining branch. And I though I have to wait for a few more months before I see a bloom. My Gardenia shrub usually don’t bear flowers this late. It’s the rainy season here now so I didn’t expect this.
What a lovely morning 🙂
After a few days of a back-breaking job, it’s finally done. I’ve finished trimming the carabao grass and replanting some plants. There is still one corner though that I haven’t touched. I wonder if I could manage to do it alone. I took a few shots yesterday morning of the Vietnam Rose.
The rewards of gardening. When Nature shows its face, you can only smile and say, “I am blessed”.
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:
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.
“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.