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After the heavy rain last night, my garden is happy. Good thing I transferred my six  pots of Adenium in the shade so they were not saturated. They love the sun and require once-a-week watering.

I have dwarf Snake plants in a big rounded pot but they have grown so I transferred some of them direct to the soil. Put some in bigger pots and I had one planted in this little vase to put inside the house.

Do you know that “the Snake Plant cleans air better than most other indoor plants as it has the ability to absorb excessive amounts of carbon monoxide? Additionally, it emits oxygen and filters other toxins from the air such as benzene, xylene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde”.

A few days ago, I harvested green chili peppers and left two to ripen. They just did and I planted them today. We use these for our famous “sinigang”.

The beauty of gardening!

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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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Just a thought: At the rate this pandemic is going, we might be able to reach more than 300,000 before  September ends. So really, really sad. And because it is so expensive to stay in the hospital for treatment, many probably don’t seek medical help anymore. 

Finally, Josef and I were able to prune the Eugenia, Fookien Tea plants and Tagaytay cherries.  The garden is looking good now, bagong gupit….haha!

He helped me pick kalamansi and we were able to harvest those at the top since he used a ladder to pick them. We harvested almost two kilos of ripe ones and gave some to our neighbors. I also made juice out of it. So soothing. Lots of vitamin C there.

I was supposed to end up reading the three books of  Pooh for my year-ender  reading challenge at Goodreads but I only finished one because I got distracted again by another book called  The True Story of Hansel and Gretel  by Louise Murphy. A reimagined fairy tale  and a war story retold.  It happened in the region in Eastern Poland  which was overrun  first by Russians then the  Germans during WWII.

In prose both luminous and enlightening, Murphy explores the power of memory, the necessity of love in times of great trauma, and the redemption that can come about through the refusal to erase one’s own past. This is the tale of two brave children who never give up, of women who refuse to be defined by convention, and of the bitter cost of survival. Over the course of the winter, Hansel and Gretel will come of age. Their mother dead, their father and stepmother in hiding, by necessity forced to alter their own identities, they become survivors.”  (from Penguin Books).

And I agree with the other reviewers, this is a fairy tale rewritten for adults and I can’t put it down.  I’ve always been attracted to reading historical fiction. It is also classified as a literary fiction and fairy tales.

Indeed, it is a heartening  message of hope.

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I  visited the garden yesterday and early this morning. Took some photos of the flowers thriving there at the moment. Those tiny white blooms are a joy to behold along with the purple and pink flowers.

I am posting some here.

I love the heady and intoxicating scent of this Kamuning plant. Winner!

My dwarf Pandakaki, compared to the Kamuning blooms, they have no scent all.

 

My green Shamrock. I have the purple ones too.

Don’t you just love staying in the garden for a while and admiring those blooms. I do.

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As I am so lazy to read, I gardened for a while this afternoon. The soil is still wet from the rain early this morning so it is hard to uproot the weed because of the mud so I did a little pruning instead.

It’s been a while since I tended the garden because the past few days, it’s been so hot.  And I was so lazy to stay there even when it was quite breezy in the afternoon. I found this patch of green growing at the side of our compost pit.

It is a carpet of moss actually.  They are really not that big  but I wish they would cover the whole side of the pit.

This Covid is getting on my nerves, we might even reach a total of 300,000 by the end of the month, no concrete plans still, they are just waiting for a vaccine. We have the most number of infections in Southeast Asia. Good thing  there is our VP Leni helping the people despite the limited budget of the OVP.  The government will be narrowing down social distancing in public utility vehicles in the next few weeks. That might trigger another surge in the pandemic.

Happy midweek everyone. Keep safe, you all.

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It didn’t rain yesterday and the sun is shining brightly this morning. Took advantage of it and gardened for a while. The squash I planted didn’t grow well, the leaves are yellow and have holes in them so I removed the plant this morning. I cultivated the soil, removed some weeds and arranged and replanted some of my prayer plants growing side by side with the squash before.

I have plenty of Crossandra seedlings growing at the back of the house, they are self-propagating. I transferred  some of them to the area where the squash used to be. When they bloom, the orange flowers are lovely.  The rain lilies are flowering too. I only have the pink ones, I wish I have other colors. Wonder of wonders, my lone Kamuning plant is flowering again with that lovely scent close to Gardenia and Jasmine. I am thinking of transferring  some cuttings in a pot then plant them later direct to the soil when they have sturdy roots.

Though I wear gardening gloves,  sometimes I prefer my hands bare. It feels so nice when you can cultivate the soil with bare hands and you can arrange the plants nicely.  There is something incredibly satisfying about getting your hands in the dirt and watching your garden grow as you nurture each plant.  Blisters, scrapes and cuts, not to mention the soil embedded under  your nails.  Gardening is not what it would be without getting your hands dirty. Do you agree?

Starting early and finishing the task before catching up with the 8am Sunday mass online. Happy and blessed Sunday folks.

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I am not a cry baby but I almost cried this morning when I hurt my left thumb while slicing squash. The knife slid down the tip of my thumb and it bled a lot. My t-shirt was full of blood while I was waiting for Josef to get a band-aid strip. Woe to my sliced finger. I accidentally bumped it and it bled again.

Please don’t get tired of my rantings Last night, Duterte delivered another speech while most of us were already sleeping. Yes, it is always delivered at night when nobody except maybe a few would watch. We don’t watch his curses and rantings anyway so no love lost there. This is actually a continuation of my previous post the other day regarding the public appeal of the medical practitioners to give them at least two weeks, not to rest but to review and align what is more effective to be done amidst these rising numbers of COVID positive individuals including more than a thousand of their own and more than twenty five doctor specialists in different fields of specialization who died.

Duterte misinterpreted everything and he talked about revolution. No one is talking about revolution but he challenged these doctors and nurses that he is very much willing to fight them if they will start it. Goodness gracious, the enemy is unseen but he was so angry saying that the government is doing everything . What the medical practitioners need, what we need and what the people need is a CONCRETE PLAN to combat this pandemic. I pity the poor doctors and nurses who bore the brunt of his ire, he treated them like dirt instead of helping them and assuring them of the government’s help. And there is no plan except to wait for that vaccine from his best friend, china. The doctors and nurses are one in saying that the present Department of Health secretary must be relieved of his duty because he is not effective. It was an afterthought, a prepared speech which he read last that August 4 to August 18, we would be on Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine again. And we are now required to wear face shield when going out.

Protection from COVID-19 – surgical gloves for when going out for groceries, face shields, surgical and cloth masks. Add several bottles of Alcohol and a big jar of disinfectant. And yes, lots of Vitamin C.

I stayed in the garden close to two hours this morning. Started trimming the carabao grass while Josef went marketing for two weeks’ supply of food. I harvested more than a kilo of Calamansi and gave some to our neighbors.

Busy, busy Monday. How’s yours?

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“How does one become a butterfly? They have to want to learn to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.”
― Trina Paulus, Hope for the Flowers

Posted this photo before. Nate’s visit at the Butterfly Garden in one of their trips in Baguio. He can’t even go out of the house now but he is happy being with his Mom everyday.

 

Caught it while we were about to leave for Manila  years and years ago. Taken in our garden in Pangasinan.

 

 

One of those lucky days in the garden.

 

Look, it was inside the house.

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I just finished  trimming the carabao grass early this morning. I’m happy my plants are well. Just updated my garden blog.

I posted some pics at my FB site and one of my friends who loves gardening too identified a plant  that I could not remember its name.

So this is called Scarlet Bush or Don Manuel. It is an easy to maintain plant. Just planted a sapling over a year ago. And it blooms non-stop.

I love this photo. Touched by the sun. That little orange Bougainvillea flower in front of our grotto was lighted by the rising sun.  I am propagating this, cut two stems a week ago and they are thriving well in two pots.

My Adenium bore seeds again and I planted them in small pots until they are old enough to be transferred.

Gardening is such a joy, don’t you think?

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Aren’t I lucky? I found a sequel to the book The Bark Cutters by Nicole Alexander called A Changing Land. It is as engrossing as the first book. How I wish I could find more of her books in the future.

You know one good thing that I appreciate being on quarantine for more than two months now? I am able to attend daily live streaming of masses online. We need to have a stronger  faith in these times of uncertainties. We never know when everything goes back to normal again. We ask for the grace of strength and fidelity to you Lord.  We ask for endurance in our daily battle with this pandemic.

I spent an hour in the garden very early this morning. The silence was unhampered by  cars and motor vehicles passing by.  How lovely it is to commune with nature when silence is all around. You are alone with your thoughts and sometimes, they are rich with things that you want to do, things you want to write about and things you dream of still becoming. Your thoughts wander beyond and you think of the times walking every morning  behind the house, a  vacant space  which is now full of houses.  Silence awakens that sleeping creative side of you. And you wish everything is back to normal. But what is normal nowadays?

There is one thing positive though that the days brought us, pollution has lessened. Family bonding is an everyday affair although sometimes you get to talk only via Viber or Messenger.  it is better than nothing though. Technology certainly has its advantage in these trying times.

Be safe, Be well. Be happy 🙂

 

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