The clouds speak
And the flowers dance in glee.
The clouds speak
And the flowers dance in glee.
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.
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 city gardening, Close to Nature, Closer to God, flowers and blooms, gardens, guilty pleasures, home garden, nature, photography, tagged Close to Nature, Closer to God, flowers and blooms, gardening, guilty pleasures, nature, photography on April 16, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
I was watering the plants early this morning when I noticed this single lovely bloom of our gardenia shrub. Pleasant surprises await when you least expect them. It’s only the middle of April and gardenias usually give that lovely scent during the months of May to June. I remember three years ago when this same gardenia shrub surprised us with a bird’s nest with three eggs right in the middle of Holy Week. It’s really amazing when you find something like this. I took a photo to remind me yet again the wonder of nature and the gifts it brings.
Gardenia is one of my favorite flowers. As I have mentioned in my previous blogs, it reminds me of the times when we used to grow them in our old house in the province. We had so many shrubs in front of the house so you can just imagine the intoxicating scents they have when they are in bloom. It also reminds me of the times that mom used to grow flowers in pots in every window of our old house. We used to have this what we call barandillas and they were full of flowering things like Hoya orchids, hydrangea, different colors of Bougainvillea and every flowering plant that I could think of. Summer brings back those memories. I love summer and the different colors it brings to my small garden. Here are a few shots I took this morning.
Posted in city gardening, Close to Nature, flowers and blooms, gardens, home garden, life, nature, Philippine fruits, photography, tagged Close to Nature, flowers and blooms, gardening, home garden, life, nature, photography on March 2, 2014 | 12 Comments »
It’s nice to be back and share my garden finds. I guess it’s time to take hold of my camera again and take a few shots. Look what I’ve found.
I didn’t plant this tomato shrub but just saw it growing side by side with our peanut grass at the front garden. It was a delight to see these green tomatoes waiting to ripen. Something comes to mind, botanically speaking, tomatoes are fruits but we consider them vegetables. How’s that again? I am getting confused.
Our two jackfruit trees are laden with fruits growing in almost every tip of each branch. The sad thing though, not all of them will grow big at all. Mom says the fruits with smooth skin are the ones that would grow big and ripen, the rest will just dry up and fall. Every morning, I would count the fruits, can’t wait to harvest some in a month or two.
One thing I love about our calamansi trees (we have two) are the scents of the flowers. Calamansi or Philippine lime bear fruits all year round and they are perfect in almost any dish that need a little spicing up. They could be used to marinate meat or as sauces for grilled or fried food. Ripe fruits are excellent as juices too.
Not to be left behind are my pink bougainvillea. I just love the pink blooms.
Posted in 2014, blogging, city gardening, Close to Nature, Closer to God, guilty pleasures, journeys, photography, tagged blog stats, blogging, Close to Nature, Closer to God, flowers and blooms, gardening, photography, thoughts and ramblings on February 17, 2014 | 14 Comments »
My blog stats say I have 250,038 views right this moment. I can’t believe it. I’ve been blogging for a little more than four years now, on and off, when I feel like it and have something to share. The only time I blogged religiously every day was when I took up the 2011 WordPress Post A Day challenge. That was when my stats started to climb. For the last three years, I always get a surprise when one particular blog registers an average of 2,600 views in one day and that is during Mama Mary’s birthday every September 08. I don’t know how it happens but the search engine seems to be busy during Mama Mary’s birthday.
I wonder though which is better, having so many views in any particular day or having a lot of followers. A bit of both probably, I don’t know. I only have 678 followers at the moment (not that I mind so much if they follow me or not). There must be something they like about my blog so they read it. I am glad that some readers come back and read my older posts. Sharing my plight as a cancer patient/survivor has definitely evolved to some sort of an online diary – some experiments in the kitchen, some shots that I love to share, my garden blooms that get the largest share in my SD card, local places I’ve been to the past few years, books I’ve read and reviewed, thoughts and prayers. Imagine having a hodgepodge of topics encapsulated in 1,393 posts.
You ask, “Is it worth it?” My answer is a big “YES, definitely”. Here are some shots I took a few hours ago, they are my February blooms.
Posted in blogging, books, Close to Nature, flowers and blooms, journeys, life, photography, silence speaks, tagged blogging, books, flowers and blooms, gardening, guilty pleasures, life, photography, thoughts and ramblings on January 3, 2014 | 2 Comments »
Yesterday has been a busy day for me, from sunrise to sunset (literally). Some friends are coming over in a week and I have to do a bit of general cleaning and check grocery supplies that I will use for our get-together. I am excited since it’s been more than a year since I saw some of them. Who says working at home is easier than an office job is exaggerating. I would exchange my slippers, garden hose and brooms for a day with a corporate attire complete with lunch at a nice but affordable restaurant, catch and exchange news with former office mates instead of listening to the radio all day long while doing household chores. One thing that I get to appreciate though is having my afternoon nap, try to catch up on reading a chapter or two then off to dreamland for at least an hour.
I promised myself I would jot down the titles of all the books I plan to read this year and count how many books I could manage to get hold of but rereading some verses from a favorite book of poems does not count of course. And I thought of challenging myself (for the second time) to post once a day here. The question is, would I be able to do it again? Sometimes, it’s not the lack of what to write about but how to go about catching one reader’s eyes to read my post till the end. I’ve seen plenty of quotes about 2014 saying that the days are like blank pages of a book that you need to fill up with your experiences, angst even and happy moments that you want to remember. I’d rather dwell on the positive side because I want the rest of the year to be stress-free at least.
New hope. New Beginnings. New Dreams To Uphold. I’ve never been good at keeping new year’s resolutions because I don’t make a list in the first place. I’d rather call them goals that one needs to reach and no matter how simple they are, it would be nice if at the end of the year, you’ve fulfilled some promises to yourself. The “me” times are just as important as having occasional chats with online friends or having a laugh over at Skype with a long-lost friend or relative. Noel, my youngest brother who is based in Tulsa is my regular caller on Skype. We would always talk about the kids and how life is away from one’s homeland, reminiscing the days when we were kids and marveling how happy we were despite the simplicity of life back then. We would touch on Philippine cuisine and recipes that he miss because Asian stores in their area don’t sell all the ingredients that he needs. We would laugh at some remembered jokes that made childhood memories something to treasure always.
On new year’s day, I took shot of some blooms growing in the garden. It’s something that would remind me of January 01, 2014.
And when it is in full bloom, it would look like this.
There is a cold wind blowing outside and another cup of hot, hot coffee would surely be welcome. Here’s another promise I made myself starting this year, I would always appreciate what life has in store for me, no matter how painful some days may bring.