Archive for May 27th, 2012

Happy Pentecost Sunday! Mom and I attended the 9am mass at St. Jude Thaddeus Parish with one of my favorite priests, Fr. Matthew Fernandez of the Marian Missionaries of the Holy Cross as the mass presider. I admire how he shares his homily, tagos sa buto at sa puso, as they say in Tagalog. You remember the words long after and you remember God’s goodness in everything.  When He teases you with little setbacks, He gives back a hundredfold of blessings.  And you learn to appreciate even the little things, you learn to appreciate life with all its sham and drudgery, because amidst all these, life is still full of beauty and loveliness. You just have to open your eyes and make your senses feel.

Yes, it is a colorful morning that I enjoyed because I took shots of some of the lovely blooms in my garden, another affirmation of God’s overflowing love.

My sturdy Ruellia. I have them in three colors now – purple, light pink and pure white. These perennial plants thrive in full sun. Though they don’t belong to the family of Petunias, they are also called Mexican Dwarf Petunia because they resemble Petunia blooms.

Rose Balsam or Garden Balsam belongs to the family of Impatiens. Locally known as Kamantigue, the seeds when dried can be used for teas. It is also used to treat skin afflictions, rheumatism and fractures, among others.

Portulaca or Vietnam Rose are sturdy ground covers that produce rose-like flowers in different colors.

How my garden looks now! That Don Manuel shrub is a beauty on its own with those orange spikes on every tip of the leaves.

Scrub Brush Anthurium or Flamingo flowers. Perhaps you are familiar with the varieties that produce those colorful blooms but this type is cultivated for its lovely, elongated foliage and that’s how the flower looks, just an ordinary green one.

Golden Candles are also known as Golden Shrimp, Yellow Shrimp plant and Lollipop plant.

I love this shot because it faces the sun and the blue sky. My Yellow Iris flower.

So why do I keep forgetting the name of this lovely plant? A friend says the blooms look better than poinsettia.

Can’t wait for this to bloom – my African Rose!


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