Posted in blogging, gardening, gardens, life, tagged 100th post, blogging, gardening, gardening blog, gardens, life on April 18, 2017|
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I just received this message from WordPress a few minutes ago with this logo:
“Congratulations on writing 100 posts on Gardens and Empty Spaces!”
Haha, it’s my 100th blog post on my other blog Gardens and Empty Spaces. I have long neglected this blog because for the last six months I haven’t taken pictures of my garden until today. I have to use my tab to take photos. I am glad that for every milestone in blogging, WordPress has always a reminder so we won’t forget.
Come visit me there if you have time. Would love to update it at least once a month.
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Posted in city gardening, Close to Nature, Closer to God, family life, gardening, tagged Close to Nature, family life, flowers and blooms, gardening, jackfruits, Kalamansi, nature on April 4, 2017|
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It’s one of those days that I get to trim the carabao grass again. Although they are growing a little slow because it is summer I need to weed out unwanted grass too. The weather is just right for afternoon gardening. I am just halfway through, I still have so many things to do in the garden. It was quite windy but the sun shone brightly.
Our two jackfruit trees are bearing so may clustered fruits again. I noticed the small fruits at the base of the second tree not knowing that the first tree has born fruits earlier. I took one to cook in coconut cream.
The remaining five are now large enough to ripen. They were a little up the tree so we really didn’t notice them earlier. Maybe in a month or two, I could harvest again. Every year, these two trees give us fruits. All we do is water them every morning together with the other plants we have here plus the two Philippine lime shrubs (kalamansi) that bear fruits all year round. They are just perfect for a small garden. Some branches are in their flowering stage.
I am getting impatient with the lavender I planted late last year. I wonder how long it would take before it would bear flowers. The herbs I planted at the same time are doing well. Maybe the lavender need not be watered daily but the weather is hot here so I water them every day. Gardening is really a hit and miss thing. Sometimes you’ll see some flowers resurrecting in the heat of summer. Sometimes there are unknown plants that just sprout in a corner. I find fulfillment in gardening though just like I do with reading and blogging.
Gardening is also a relaxing activity and growing things from seeds and branches are just wonderful. You won’t notice the passing of time when you are in a garden. Some of my bulb plants and the Amazon lilies planted in pots are presently in bloom. Oh to see them bloom again. What a reward!
Do you love gardening?
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Posted in Close to Nature, Closer to God, gardening, gardens, reading, tagged books, Close to Nature, gardening, guilty pleasures, home garden, journeys, life, reading, thoughts and ramblings on January 6, 2017|
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I have a little good news. I went back to SSS yesterday and what do you know, my pension is ready for credit. Alleluia! But two months of processing is quite long enough.
Got to trim our carabao grass again, replant some flowering plants and uproot some dead ones. I planted two more pineapple crowns behind the house. Those I planted earlier are growing nicely, let me see, I have seven in all now. I hope the first one would produce a flower soon.
The life of a gardener – plenty of time to enjoy the morning sun and the afternoon breeze. Sometimes it is quite a bonus to listen to the visiting sparrows. A hot cup of coffee is always welcome at the break of dawn, when the world is still asleep and the quiet could be felt.
I stay here in this corner most mornings drinking a hot cup of coffee and listening to the sparrows sing.
Despite the busy days at the garden, I was able to finish four books at the start of the challenge. I am in the middle of reading my 5th book now. Peter Mayle’s two books, A Year In Provence and Tojours in Provence (the sequel) were such a joy to read. I learned so much about what life was like in Provence. Now I am beginning to enjoy Italy, it is such a lovely place too.
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Posted in flowers and blooms, gardening, gardens, guilty pleasures, journeys, life, tagged Close to Nature, gardening, glimpses from the heart, guilty pleasures, journeys, life on January 2, 2017|
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My sparrows are back. I heard them singing outside my window very early this morning. Good morning world!
When dawn breaks, you discover something wonderful in the garden. My son gifted me with two metallic pots last Christmas from Parish Garden along with a sturdy gardening gloves One container has kitchen herbs like Basil, Parsley and Coriander. The other one has Lavender seeds. Both came with potting medium, you just have to add a centimeter of soil on top. I planted them last December 30 just so it would be easy to remember when if ever they grow to be robust plants. I’ve seen them growing a little every day, just small sprouts which look so frail and dainty. I wonder about the Lavender though, I haven’t seen anything yet. I have more seeds here for planting which I bought late last year, a packet of Celosia Armor Orange and another one of Aster Daylight Violet. We live at the corner of Aster and Violet streets so how lovely it would be to see these grow here 🙂 Really looking forward to more flowers growing in the garden. And I guess it is time to trim the carabao grass again.
Are you excited to see the annual report of WordPress as regards to your blog’s performance during the previous year? I am.
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Posted in city gardening, Close to Nature, flowers and blooms, gardening, gardens, guilty pleasures, herbs and spices, life, photography, tagged Close to Nature, flowers and blooms, garden scents, gardening, home garden, life, photography, planting turmeric on August 5, 2016|
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I went back to gardening after letting my hands heal for a few days. Goodness, I have to trim the carabao grass again, they have grown quite wild in three weeks.
This morning I was at the garden at 5am, still dark for some but it was nice to see the world unfolding with a hot cup of coffee and the company of our dog Noki. Mimi went back to sleep besides mom as soon as I opened the door to our dirty kitchen. Have you ever spent an early morning smelling different garden scents? The sweet aroma and spicy scent of oregano, the spicy and sharp fragrance of ginger leaves that linger, the lemony smell of calamansi flowers and the intoxicating scent of gardenia flowers captivate the senses. You wish you could put each scent in a bottle and maybe use them to make scented candles.
Last week, I trimmed one of our calamansi trees. Time is a gentle and nice reminder that new life will always be something to look forward to. Look at those healthy leaves sprouting like crazy. It is always nice to see something growing in one’s garden.
The rhizomes of the turmeric I bought at the wet market have finally produced buds. I planted them in three pots and they are thriving nicely. It is my first time to try cultivating turmeric in my garden.
I only have one potted ginger and the roots are ready for harvest. I wonder if ginger produces flowers just like the turmeric. I can’t wait to see it blooms.
And these capped my early morning garden adventure, my bleeding heart blooms.
It is good to be alone in a garden at dawn or dark so that all its shy presences may haunt you and possess you in a reverie of suspended thought. ~James Douglas
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Posted in blog update, city gardening, gardening, journeys, life, month-ender blog, tagged blogging, gardening, home garden, journeys, life, reading, thoughts and ramblings on August 1, 2016|
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Welcome August dear, I hope you will be kind enough to limit typhoons that visit our country when you are around. Please, please, please, no more flash floods that wreak havoc to my peace of mind and stress to those people in a number of provinces regularly visited by storms and typhoons. We just had three typhoons since the start of the year and I am thankful that they are not that destructive.
July, you were some kind of lazy, you know that? Uneventful long afternoons of sunny skies and sudden thunderstorms but you were kind enough to inspire me to overhaul my garden. Maybe, overhaul is such a strong word, I was inspired to dig the earth and plant more, prune one of our calamansi trees and our lone Gardenia shrub. I got blisters on my hands and little cuts too but that’s part of a gardener’s life. I am glad that you gave me enough time to catch up on my reading and discover books that are a delight to read.
I stopped watching the news lately because all they ever show are body counts of dead people on the streets who the authorities say are drug pushers/users but what is sad is there are those innocent victims (students and young professionals) with a promise of a bright future. Mistaken identity or were they at the wrong place at the wrong time? I hate these extra-judicial killings, they violate human rights. Social media say that there is due process when the suspect belongs to the higher ladder of society but the ordinary man on the street is an easy target. One thing that I know, go to the root so the branches would die. Goodbye July, I hope this time next year, everything would be just as peaceful as before.
Looking forward to more days of reading and since Mom is here, I know August would be a happy month. Our dog Noki is happy too because Mom is around. Our cat Mimi has found a nice bed to take a nap while Mom watches her favorite programs.
I asked Nissa how I could post the video she took of Nate while he was dancing. The dance moves….priceless 🙂 They attended a birthday party last Saturday. He brought home a set of Robocar Poli because of his winning get-up, that of Iron Man!
Here’s my wish for you, may your August days be happy too!
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Posted in blogging, food, gardening, Goodreads, guilty pleasures, journeys, life, Philippine cuisine, photography, tagged blogging, flowers and blooms, food, gardening, home garden, journeys, life, photography on June 28, 2016|
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Oh my, it seems like months since I last posted here. Thank you for those visits even if there is nothing new to read. No valid reason though except the same old one, been busy the past few days. Blogging took a back seat for a while.
Gardening has been a priority of course. It rains almost every day now so those unwanted weeds sprout like crazy too. Every two weeks, I need to trim our carabao grass, a tall order for aching backs and sore muscles. The reward though is more than enough to make me smile. All the Portulaca I planted three weeks ago are blooming now in different colors of yellow, white, orange and pink. They are the most easy to grow annual plants.
Saw this white rain lily in early bloom. Flowers only appear during rainy season but they are nice ground cover.
Yesterday, I attempted to cook my version of Bicol Express for our lunch. It’s that popular dish from the Bicol region where coconut seems to be the main ingredient in lots of their local dishes. And know what, the main ingredient here is not the pork but the sliced green Thai chili peppers that we have plenty of. The dish is really hot and it requires a lot of rice to go with it. I omitted the shrimp paste since Josef is allergic to shrimp, used ordinary rock salt instead. It was yummy.
Some of my friends are urging me to cook another dish in coconut cream which we call Ginataang Santol. I asked my favorite vendor yesterday if they have the Bangkok variety but she told me it is not yet in season. Would love to cook this again when I find those sweet Bangkok santol in the market.
I was able to transfer all the photos I took on my tab at Photobucket and to my hard drive. Better be safe than sorry. One more thing I need to do and it is a hard and dusty undertaking – to clean our book shelves and separate books, the favorites and most important ones from those we just bought on a whim. There are some authors that I have never known before but surprisingly delivers a good piece of a story.
Eight books in advance for my 2016 Reading Challenge in Goodreads. Hooray!
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