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 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, gardening, gardens, life, thoughts, tagged a bit of myself, journeys, life, thoughts, thoughts and ramblings on March 29, 2016|
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I’ve finally been able to update my gardening blog, the most neglected one among the five blogs I maintain at WordPress. Spent the early morning gardening and taking some photos of my garden blooms. Josef bought a new grass cutter yesterday so I was able to trim our Green Dust and Fukien Tea plants. The round shapes are not perfect but at least they look lovely now without the extra branches and leaves scattered all over.
I am looking forward to another Senate hearing today on the $81M bank heist which according to recent news may be the biggest in Asia yet. How it found its way to RCBC, a local bank here in the Philippines and how it ended up in some fictitious accounts is the gist of the investigation. Maybe you’ve heard about this big, big news in the banking world.
There is one program on TV that I watch regularly now (since the start of the year, that is). I am not much of a TV addict but I watch news from time to time and catch a little of early morning programs. Tawag ng Tanghalan though caught my eye one afternoon while I was ironing. I remember this program was in existence when I was growing up, back then, my mom used to listen to it on radio. They have revived it a few months ago. I am simply overwhelmed by the talent in singing displayed by contestants from all parts of the Philippines. The country is truly a gem of a place where you can find good musicians, composers and great singers. Even a five-year old can belt out a nice Tagalog song and dance to the tune of the latest songs. I’m impressed. The television program is now in the process of choosing the first-quarter finalist from among the top five semi-finalists and they are all good. I marvel at the way they could touch the high notes in both English and Tagalog songs. I almost missed it yesterday. I laugh at myself sometimes when I imitate the way they sing after the show. (Don’t worry, nobody hears it except me…hehe). It’s the last song syndrome if I may say. Sometimes, it stays with me even when I am gardening or feeding the dogs.
I hope your day is a wonderful one. May I also invite you to visit my gardening blog? You can just click the link on this post.
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Posted in blog update, blogging, city gardening, Close to Nature, flowers and blooms, gardening, gardens, guilty pleasures, home garden, nature, tagged a blogger's life, blogging, Close to Nature, flowers and blooms, gardening, home garden on February 6, 2016|
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Gosh, the sudden morning rain prevented me again from finishing my garden chores but I am glad I don’t have to water the plants. Everything looks so green and fresh. Gone are the dusts clinging to the leaves of the plants.
I’ve focused my time and efforts just updating this site that I forgot I have to visit and post a thing or two to my other blogs. I must admit it is quite hard to maintain several blogs. The thing is, years ago I have decided to separate my gardening blog, photos, my blog posts on Nate and lately a new platform which I could use when I fully consume my allowed limits here. Got 29% more to go before it ends. Hopefully, without posting so many photos, I could still use this in the next year or two.
This morning (finally) I updated my gardening blog called Gardens and Empty Spaces, I really hope you’ll find time to visit it too. My intro page is quite long but you can find it on the widget sidebar, an easier way to know the gardener behind the garden 🙂 I also included some excerpts on my latest blog posts at my other sites.
Hop in, you are welcome to visit my backyard garden.
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Posted in blog update, Close to Nature, gardening, gardens, life, tagged books, Close to Nature, Closer to God, gardening, journeys, thoughts and ramblings on June 9, 2015|
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It’s another “it’s been a while” post that you would probably get from me from time to time. It was a busy weekend and another busy day for gardening. I am taking advantage of the cloudy afternoon skies and the cool early morning breeze. We have occasional thunderstorms lately but PAGASA says it is not yet the official start of the rainy season. It has become even more humid in fact so the afternoon showers are welcome.
Gardening is hard, who says it is not? I have to dig and uproot stubborn and unwanted weeds, trim the Green dust plants, do a perfectly imperfect round shape of my several Fukien Tea plants and dig, dig some more. I am getting good at it…haha! To think I haven’t even started trimming our carabao grass but at least the concrete stepping-stones are now clear of unwanted overgrown carabao grass. It is hard to maintain a garden no matter how small it is. One has to invest one’s time and extra effort to make everything grow. If the weather permits, I’ll be harvesting Calamansi (Philippine lime) this afternoon.
One thing good about gardening is the time you spend by yourself, alone in your thoughts. You let your mind wander and you can even create a nice story while looking at your fingers full of dirt and stain. It is all worth it though, gardening is a job that you have to do and happens to enjoy (not all the time).
I’ve switched back to another reading genre.
I’ve been reading so much chick lit the last few days, funny and sad stories of women from wonderful authors that I’ve seen on Goodreads. This time though, I found two books by Michael Palmer, an American author who is also a doctor. I’ve read one or two books of him before when I was searching for ways to cope with the boredom of being bedridden for half a year. I love medical thrillers and the jargon is quite familiar. There was a time when I was obsessed collecting all the books by Robin Cook, another American novelist and doctor whose writings deal with medicine and other such topics affecting public health. If you have seen the movie Outbreak, he is the author of the book where it was lifted from. It’s nice to read fast-paced stories again. I haven’t taken a single picture lately but I found a lovely shot which I took several years ago while traveling North to our hometown. would love to share it in another post. By the way, thank you for continuously visiting my blog, reading old posts that I have somehow forgotten. I was thrilled to find that my stats have reached an amazing 335,461 at the moment. Thank you, thank you so much.
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