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Oh my!

This is exciting!

I finally got the Adenium seeds I ordered from Lazada. Just a trial if it would grow. When they do, I will order some more with multi-colored blooms. There is a bonus of three Sunflower seeds in the packet.

Anyway, I am keeping my fingers crossed they would all thrive. I planted them in small plastic pots.  Our compost pit is a big help. The pulverized leaves which turned into rich soil  has a lot of earthworms. Yeay 🙂

I found a page on Facebook called Adenium Growers of the Philippines. My, but they have lots of seedlings in different parts of the archipelago and like the grown ones with large caudex,  they are quite expensive. They can even ship to several places but the shipping fees are also sky-high. Grafted ones are the best. They could combine several colors in one plant.

Wish me luck please.

Oh, the drizzle  has just stopped. Just enough to water the grass and my plants.

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Six months of lockdown. Whatever you may call it, we’ve reached six months of quarantine.

Home-based small businesses  have suddenly sprouted in the metro and most of them are selling food – cooked  for breakfast, lunch and dinner, you’ll have it here. Even small- scale selling of meat, poultry and vegetables have also suddenly grown. The thing is, as long as we remain in the comfort of our home and we don’t go out unnecessarily, it’s okay. So long as your neighbors in the subdivision deliver for free, it’s okay. For those you can’t buy nearby, there are always vendors who charge for delivery fees and you can just wait for your orders.

Yesterday, I ordered several kinds of dried fish and today my order of Gyoza from David’s Tea House arrived. A few days ago I also ordered several items from Lazada including a desk fan and some gifts for Nissa’s upcoming birthday.  Online transactions are the “in” thing nowadays although I only use cash to pay them all. I am afraid to use my credit card without seeing my purchase in advance. I haven’t been to the mall for more than six months now. Bank transactions are online too except when I need cash and I let Josef  withdraw some money from the ATM.

I am taking photos of my garden blooms almost every day, documenting every bud and flowers worth-capturing.  Gardening has suddenly boomed here. Never mind if some have started a few pots and they call it a garden. I just smile seeing friends suddenly interested in nurturing a few plants. Even if these are not indoor plants, they place them in one corner of their homes. Not all plants could thrive indoors, they need the sun to grow.  There  are indoor plants that help us in lessening the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. There are indoor plants that are anti-oxidants.

Ah, these are my green peppers. I  am waiting for some seeds to mature so I could replant them.

Look, one is about to ripen.

 

We use them for our famous sinigang. They are also called green chilies.

I have transferred my Adenium seedlings to pots several months ago. I have grown them from pods  from my lone Adenium plant. They need the sun so I transferred them to a sunny spot near our grotto.

It’s nice to see these plants thriving well. I wonder if they will bear the same pink flowers later on.

I hope everyone is COVID-free. This pandemic doesn’t choose its victims. I wonder when it will die a natural death. Praying for our safely.

 

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Saw this early this morning while I was watering our Arius tree. I thought at first it was deformed leaves eaten by some insects. Look at that monochromatic shade of its wings. I wonder if this is a butterfly. It didn’t move while I was taking some shots. If this is a butterfly, I guess it would have flown when I touched it but it didn’t.

Could you help me identify it? This is bigger than a moth.

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Took a few photos this morning while the sun is up. They are the same plants but the flowers have survived the storm.

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Our grotto which we had constructed after my treatment ten years ago. We used to have Koi fish here.

I was surprised by this lovely Adenium, the flowers are no longer split.

 

A cluster of pink Vinca. Sturdy blooms.

 

A single-petaled Zinnia.

I harvested Calamansi before the typhoon. The two trees shed off some of the ripe fruits during the storm. I need to transfer my Papaya seedling soon.

Have a lovely Wednesday all.

 

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I just posted some photos at my gardening blog. You can find them here.  Please try to visit the site if you have time. Thanks a million.

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I awoke at dawn to the tweets and chirps

Of  Maya birds outside our window,

Are they saying “good morning” perhaps?

And inviting me to greet a new day?

Such a tranquil scene

And I feel God’s  tender kisses all over again.

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Once again

I allowed myself to greet the morning sun.

Communing with God’s glory

At six o’clock am today.

The day is blessed with your presence Lord.

And the sun spreads its light

In the deep corners of the earth.

I  rejoice.

I am happy.

 

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I am reposting these for all they’re worth. Some quotes I made back in 2011 Post A Day Challenge.

These words were actually lifted from some of my earlier blog posts. Back when I had my Canon Ixus camera, I could make memes out of the photos I’ve taken before.

 

 

 

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Continued gardening early this morning and around three this afternoon. Except for trimming the carabao grass, I’m done with the garden inside our fence. So happy to have transferred seven pots of Adenium seedlings.  Four inch of growth with established roots, just perfect for replanting. This is my first time to plant Adenium (through seeds). I noticed their robust stems, fat ones that made me smile.  Gardening is always a thrill when everything fall into place, a neat space to spend those idle mornings while watching the sun go up the horizon. I need to pick more calamansi, there are plenty of them.

Maybe tomorrow, I’ll tackle the overgrown grass  and weeds mixed with our dwarf Santan and the Snake plants. Since it is rainy season now, the unwanted weeds grow by leaps and bounds.

A friend sent me this meme. I love it. Some good and inspiring thoughts about life.

Have a nice week ahead.

 

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There is a typhoon, and as reported by our weather bureau, the fourth one this year. And there are two more low pressure areas reported. I thought there would be an early morning rain since they said we will be having “habagat” rains until the weekend. Thankfully, the sun is shining bright. It gave me the chance to garden for an hour before it showed its face.  I still probably need the morning sun even if my vitamin D deficiency is now at its normal level.

Fulling weeds, deadheading some plants, removing dried leaves – such a tedious process but it needs to be done. And to think we need to trim the carabao grass again. It’s growing by leaps and bounds now that the rains are here. The grass looks greener though, everything looks so fresh. And the dried Zinnia flowers that I scattered a few days ago are showing their lovely blooms.

There is always a surprise in a garden. Sometimes you discover something which you haven’t planted but it’s growing there. Thanks to the wind and birds that sometimes scatter those seeds. Last December, I bought some Japanese Persimmon and tried planting some of the seeds. Surprisingly, it grew to a young plant.

I wonder though if it will thrive into fruition later on. Does Persimmon grow in tropical countries like ours? This is just a trial, if it does well and good, I’ll be grateful.

My fingers are showing signs of ageing even if I use thick gardening gloves. There is something in gardening that makes you fulfilled. Remember that peaceful feeling while pulling weeds and dirt sticks into you hands? It really requires patience.

And I just love this quote from Alfred Austin:

The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body but the soul.

 

 

 

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