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Finally done with trimming the carabao grass. Josef finished it this morning. This afternoon, we swept all the debris.

Our good neighbor Jom gave me several seeds of  white Ternatea, Kadyos (Pigeon pea), Roselle and Burgundy  Okra which were given by Ray, another member of our group.  There were even cuttings that I am not even familiar with except the Shingles stem. I am excited about the Burgundy Okra, haven’t seen one yet except in pictures.  I already have the Blue Ternatea, they are growing nicely but don’t have flowers yet. Glad to have seeds of the white ones too.

I am a member of a closed group called Gardener’s Tambayan and the members  are all garden enthusiasts. We exchange notes, plant seedlings and seeds. Some have beautiful garden features. I am quite envious of their well-paved gardens. The seeds were given free by another member of the group and  Jom gave them to me.  They  had their monthly get-together (for the Eastern Rizal members) this morning.

So excited to see them grow and bloom. I wish I have  a larger garden so I could plant more.

 

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The golden sun showed its face early and the rays made the  green leaves of the plants shiny and bright. Sun-lit grass, they’re like pearls scattered all around.  It rained a little last night, another day of saving precious water to maintain them.

I spent an hour at the garden before the sun was up, pruning, weeding and sweeping unwanted fallen leaves on the ground. I need not tell you how peaceful and quiet the early morning was. A really perfect time to commune with Nature.

Just done with my 79th read yesterday, 31 books ahead of schedule on my  Goodreads’ Reading Challenge. Through Rushing Water by Catherine Richmond  is a historical novel set in 1876 at the Ponca Indian Agency in Dakota Territory. It is a story of a tribe struggling with daily lives, trying to make do with the meager means they have and a missionary who taught the Indian kids  in such  a primitive place. It was inspired by true events  experienced by the Ponca Indians. This is the first time I encountered a story about the lives of Indians in early America and it was a riveting  and inspiring read.

When you find a good book that makes you learn events of the past, you’ll try to look for another book like it. Presently though, I’ve started on a thriller called Look  For Me, it’s my first read of Lisa Gardner.  I hope it does not disappoint.

Time flies, the June month is almost over. Happy Thursday everyone. Be someone’s sunshine today. May we all be blessed.

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Way back when I was enamored with flowers  and blooms

Way back when a new bud is a promise of young life

Trying to capture the essence of life

in a flower.

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Wild flowers growing in the mountains of Tanay.  Finding simple joy in seeing the best of nature!

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Yesterday.

We were able to get our EMV cards at the bank. We have to wait for Jovy to come home so she could drive us there.

There are always long lines both at the counters and  at the customer service booths. I have to approach one of their officers and introduced myself as a former employee of BPI. She immediately looked for the replacement cards and let Mom sign hers but I have to replace the PIN numbers for both cards at the ATM machine.

We went to SM East Ortigas later to have early dinner at  the Classic Savory Chicken.   Mom  said that the place was familiar so I told her, we had eaten there before. We dined on buttered chicken, pork chops, pancit canton, chop suey,  crab and corn soup.  Oreo is now allowed to eat veggies like carrots and chayote and minced chicken liver too so we had to separate them and put them in a glass of water to remove the flavor before he could eat them.  He loved the veggies.  We also ordered dinner for Josef and brought it home with us.

Tired.

Started trimming the grass as soon as it is light.Wow, it has grown after more than a month. Went back to the garden around 4 PM. Planted another packet of Zinnia today. I hope they would sprout in a week. I noticed while I was weeding, there are new shoots of my Vinca, probably from the flowers that have fallen to the ground. I am envisioning how this would all look when they bloom.

I gave our neighbor bottle gourd. There are more  than ten of them on our trellis in different sizes.  Did you know that there are amazing benefits of bottle  gourd?  It is  a vegetable often ignored by many but it acts as a diuretic, improve digestion and prevents constipation.  It also reduces risk of urinary infection and lowers blood sugar levels. Since it is low in calories, it also aids in weight loss. There are also so many ways to cook it.

Finally.

I can now update my reading. Just done with a book about nature and biodiversity. The importance of a healthy natural environment. ” Biodiversity is in decline all over the world. The number of species of animals, plants and microorganisms is decreasing”. I hope to see our little sparrows moving back to the garden again.  I miss their sweet voices early in the morning.

 

 

 

 

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God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. – Reinhold Niebur

Staying here and gazing at that serene river gives me a  feeling of peace. No matter how hard life is, there is always something to look  forward to. Life in all its ugly realities,  is a learning curve that teaches us the meaning of joys, happiness and tears.  God always gives us a vista of things that we somehow overlook – a sunrise to greet our mornings, a stunning sunset to calm us after a days’ work, clouds that seem to float like cotton candies in a bright blue sky, green mountains as far as your eyes could see. What more could you ask for?

Lord, thank You for  this lovely morning. Thank  You for Today. Thank You for Life.

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Another busy weekend.

Except for about two hours going to ACE Hardware at the mall, I spent almost the whole day gardening. Josef had to bundle all the replaced Thai bamboo poles so we could give them to those who use firewood for cooking. Thai bamboo is  sturdier  and thicker than buho  bamboo which is normally used in gardens.

I had a great time talking to one of the stuff of Ace Hardware. He even suggested some climbers that I could use for our fence. I  went on a shopping spree buying  packs of coco peat, trowel, pruning shares,  several pairs of hand gloves, more than a dozen of hanging pots and even a new handsaw  so  I could trim my Bougainvillea outside. I was thinking, how do I  propagate it? Is it through cuttings?  I also bought some  packet seeds of Zinnia Whirlygig and Calendula Zen Gold. I actually don’t know about this Calendula but it is a tropical plant and the flowers look like Chrysanthemums. It is hot here so perhaps it will thrive too.  Planted Wandering Jew  which is also known as purple heart or purple queen.  Our neighbor gave me some cuttings of a creeper plant but I don’t know its  name.

Gardening is a hard job but it is quite fulfilling and when you see those plants grow into robust ones, you are happy.

 

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