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