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Nostalgic Moments (Revisiting Our Garden At Home)

A home away from home.

It’s almost  four years now since I went home to the province to  bond with some of  our relatives and visit our garden there. I miss the times that I used to bring my camera and take shots of every growing flowers there and wish I could bring them back home to Manila. I don’t have enough space though so  it would just have to be in pictures.

I am quite ashamed I haven’t updated this gardening blog for quite a while. Maybe, I’ll make a simple resolution to post something every week (easier said than done). I won’t make promises but we’ll see. Here are some favorite photos that I took the last time I was there, always with my then eight-year old niece in tow.

the first time I've seen this Powder Puff plant, i wanted to have it in my own little garden here in the city.

The first time I’ve seen this Powder Puff plant, I wanted to have it in my own little garden here in the city.

My brother had this ingenious way of putting light in the garden. It was attached to one of our coconut trees near our gate.

My brother had this ingenious idea   of putting light in the garden. It was attached to one of our coconut trees near our gate.

That old garden seat has witnessed a lot of bonding with my niece - short stories that she sometimes invents, activities in school, food and books.

That old garden bench  has witnessed a lot of bonding with my niece – short stories that she sometimes invents, activities in school, food and books.

Jackfruit, anyone? they have a few fruit-bearing trees there.

Jackfruit, anyone? They have a few fruit-bearing trees there including this.

A variegated Vietnam Rose.

A variegated Vietnam Rose.

Wild yellow flowers growing at our front gate. I don't know its name, do you?

Wild yellow flowers growing at our front gate. I don’t know its name, do you?

I miss these greens....

I miss these greens….

These Agaves are lined up along the road fronting the house.

These Agaves are lined up along the road fronting the house.

And they still use firewood there which Mom gathers from our backyard. Some are fallen trees destroyed by typhoons. mom has a small separate place where she cooks using firewood.

And they still use firewood there which Mom gathers from our backyard. Some are fallen trees destroyed by typhoons. Mom has a small separate place where she cooks using firewood.

Wild but lovely....

Wild but lovely….

Dwarf coconut trees planted by my late dad are interspersed with palm trees.

Dwarf coconut trees planted by my late dad are interspersed with palm trees.

When I took this shot, I wondered if the flower was eaten by insects but it was naturally shaped that way.

When I took this shot, I wondered if the flower was eaten by insects but it was naturally shaped that way.

 

Powder Puff Plants

Calliandra Haematocephala , otherwise known as powder puff plant belongs to the family of Fabaceae which comprises about 200 species.  It’s a great looking bold bloomer.  The flowers thrive very well during spring, summer and even into fall.  This carefree specimen shrub is great for outdoors and can even be grown in pots.  All it needs are regular and faithful watering. It thrives in partial shade but needs full sun for maximum blooming.  It prefers moist but well-drained fertile soil.  The buds look like berries before they open into “puffs.

Powder puff plants can grow up to 3 feet tall, their size can be controlled by pruning.  They can be propagated via large cuttings or through seeds.  (Seeds are better of course).  The flowers are very soft to the touch and grow from hundreds of slender, bright-red stamens which create a powder puff effect and seem to explode out from the center of the flower.  These plants are attractive to bees and butterflies.  They are native of India, Madagascar, Mexico, South America and United States.

Took these shots from our wild garden in our province.  How I wish I could propagate them in my miniature garden at home.