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Posted in city gardening, Close to Nature, Closer to God, flowers and blooms, home garden, photography, tagged Close to Nature, flowers and blooms, gardening, home garden, photography on July 28, 2014 | 18 Comments »
It’s not an easy task, gardening I mean. Finally, we’re done trimming the carabao grass which briefly hid the concrete footpath. The grass seems to grow by leaps and bounds now that the rainy season is here. We have to trim it at least every three weeks. Even a tiny garden such as ours needs a lot of care and maintenance.
I also trimmed my gardenia shrub because it was leaning sideways. I hope it won’t be completely uprooted in the next two are three months.
I guess it is time to tackle another area outside our perimeter wall. Who knows, one of these days I’ll be able to plant some leafy greens to use in the kitchen.
Despite the cold weather here, I woke up at an ungodly hour of 3:18am. It’s nice to just enjoy the early morning in peace and quiet but the steady patter of raindrops brings that fear again of flash flood. PAGASA said tropical storm Henry (yes, it is a he this time) won’t make a landfall but it would intensify habagat (southwest monsoon) to the rest of the country. The storm is northbound this time.
Josef brought home two large loaves of Gardenia bread from their team building the other night and I told him, we should consume it first instead of cooking breakfast and since it is his rest day, it’s a go. Mind you, I even googled a bit on the many ways to cook eggs. We usually have them scrambled, soft-boiled, sunny side-up and omelet. But what’s perfect for slices of warm toasted bread? He likes it cooked with lots of white onions and fresh tomatoes so instead of mixing them together, I cooked the tomatoes in a little butter, granulated garlic and black pepper.
It turned out so yummy, he had four slices of panini pressed bread. We usually have fried rice for breakfast with longganisa(native sausage) or dried fish or a week-old adobo flakes. Speaking of adobo, the longer you keep them in the ref, the tastier and more yummy it gets. It is a Filipino dish that never goes wrong with any meal, be it an ordinary breakfast fare or something special mixed with coconut cream.
I miss messing around in my garden and this rain makes it hard for us to trim the grass and our Fukien tea plants. I miss taking shots of my garden blooms but all I have now are my Hoya, some new buds of Mokara orchids and my ever patient Crossandra flowers. Maybe when the rain stops, I’ll take photos of the water droplets clinging to the leaves of the taro plants. Maybe in a while, the sun will show its face and I’ll be able to go out and explore. I guess this is also a perfect time to finish that book of Ken Follett.
Go away Henry and let me see the sun.
Posted in city gardening, Close to Nature, family life, gardens, guilty pleasures, journeys, silence speaks, tagged a bit of myself, Close to Nature, family life, gardening, journeys, life, nature, thoughts and ramblings on June 9, 2014 | 4 Comments »
The monsoon rains woke me up. For some strange reasons, I could not sleep last night and here I am, wide awake after just a few hours of sleep. The past week has been a little busy, busier than most actually but at least our little garden is looking like a proper garden now. Except for the vacant space outside our fence which still needs to be cleaned of growing weeds and whatnot, our carabao grass is now properly trimmed, my lone gardenia shrub has been deadheaded of dried flowers that sprouted the previous month. I repositioned some of my Amazon lilies in a partly shaded area under our two lime trees. Such is the backbreaking job of a gardener but a fulfilling one too.
As usual, I’ve been able to catch up on my ever-growing fascination for making bracelets out of loom bands. A friend asked what will I do will all those colorful bracelets. Well, I enjoy looking at them in the first place and son says, it is really a good way to unwind. True, sometimes though, the design is a little complicated, you miss something in between and you have to repeat it all over again. Another friend said she enjoys looking at the colorful bracelets that I post on my timeline and she even suggested that I buy my supplies near their place where the loom bands are cheaper than buying them in malls. Why not, it is just a 15-minute jeepney ride from our place.
Last Sunday, I had a chance to talk to my grandson over the phone and I say, time flies, really! He can clearly utter, “Hi Nonna” now. He has learned so many words since the last time we saw him. I am impressed with Nissa’s desire to teach him everything. At eighteen months, he already knows a lot which reminds me, they went out to dinner last Sunday and Nissa sent me some pictures of Nate and another boy, a little older maybe, hugging each other. Long lost friends? Nah, they were just at the next table where my son-in law, Nissa and Nate dined. Children have that natural inclination to be affectionate. Nate has the habit too of waving his hands at the wait staff of any food establishment that they go to.
It’s a glorious morning, the sun is up and my plants are happy being drenched early from the rain. Hooray, this is my 1,450th post.
Posted in city gardening, Close to Nature, Closer to God, flowers and blooms, guilty pleasures, home garden, photography, tagged Close to Nature, Closer to God, flowers and blooms, gardening, guilty pleasures, life, nature, photography, rain lilies on June 4, 2014 | 9 Comments »
You always get that nice smile on your face once you see a lovely surprise in your garden. I love flowers, they have that allure and beauty that are pure delight to the senses. There was a time when I used to document every lovely bloom in my garden and ambitiously thought of researching their growth patterns, what time of the year they usually show their faces but then being busy with everyday life sometimes keep one from doing just what you want to do. It is more of doing what you need to do.
This morning, I was watering the plants when I saw these lovely blooms growing side by side with my cacti plants. It hasn’t rained in our neck of the woods for quite sometime now although every afternoon, you’ll hear thunder when the sky gets dark. Rain lilies usually grow during the summer months when there is an occasional rain. Rain lilies belong to the hybrid Zephyranthes and this particular variety is called Zepherantes Beni Tama, a Japanese rain lily hybrid. The small clumps of bright pink, goblet shaped flowers have prominent yellow stamens at the center. They grow in full sun. I fell in love with these flowers when I saw them at a garden center in a large pot with pink flowers in almost every tip of the slender leaves.
Even my Mokara orchids are blooming non-stop. I saw several buds in different branches early this morning. It makes me remember another quote from Emerson, “Flowers are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world”. When life seems a little hard to bear, a garden is an Eden where peace, delight and peace reign.
Posted in Close to Nature, Faith, journeys, life, nature, photography, reflections, silence speaks, tagged a bit of myself, journeys, life, photography, silence speaks, thoughts on April 24, 2014 | 4 Comments »
“Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
It is one of those times when you smile at the thought of knowing that you could always find that elusive happiness when you feel so much alone. You embrace the silence of your thoughts and see the beauty of the world around you. I always love the sound of a waterfall, that soothing sound that calms the soul.
Happiness doesn’t always have to depend on other people. Happiness is within your reach when you know that being alone does not always equate to being lonely and that you need to be alone sometimes to know your self better, to feel that even if you are just a dot and a mere speck in the universe, you belong. So hold on to your dreams, no matter how impossible they may seem. Who knows, one day you’ll find that your dreams are just at an arm’s reach, palpable and full of excitement.