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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.

 

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!

 

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.

 

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.

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.

 

Blue Ternate, Anyone?

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.

My Roselle

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.

Culled this photo from the net. Just showing how Roselle looks like when it fully blooms.

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.