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The Sierra Madre Mountains of Tanay, Rizal. Took this shot last Dec. 27, 2009 – my first long trip after my last chemo! Nature-tripping is one of those things that I missed during the long months of treatment – the simple pleasure of enjoying the cool mountain breeze and just thanking God for the gift of health and wellness. Another chance to see clouds hovering above.

Yes I am always fascinated by clouds, those lovely figures up in the sky.

When we were young (my three brothers and I), we used to watch cloud formations especially when the sky  was bright or when it was about to rain. When you watch clouds (I still do), you could see different figures that sometimes travel fast  and dissolve fast too.

Clouds!

Sometimes, they make me smile and dream of big things. Sometimes, they make me wonder how far they travel. Sometimes, they make me think of what life is all about.

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The gentle patter of the rain,

Makes these plants alive.

They breathe

They smile

And seem to say,

“Welcome, you make us happy”.

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Digging, pruning, weeding replanting.

I spent the late afternoon in the garden. With the little breeze coming in, it was the perfect time to garden. Replanted some Vinca seedlings which I found inside the pot of my Bougainvillea.  The soil was soft, I guess from the previous rains we had a few days ago.  Maybe tomorrow if the good weather holds, I’ll be done weeding and pruning my Fokien tea plants.

While I was admiring the new pink lily blooms, I saw this lovely insect in one of its petals. I am pretty sure it was  not a butterfly because of its large body and  clipped wings. I loved its color of pale green with black spots on the side. I was about to get my camera phone when it flew towards our kalamansi trees.  I could not distinguish the leaves and the flying insect so I let it be. Sometimes, you’ll just smile at the added attraction when you are in the garden.

I noticed that my dwarf  Ruellias are sprouting flowers again but instead of just one color which used to be just purple, they  now come in white and light pink. Pretty good to see other colors in the garden.  Ruellias are also known as Mexican  Petunia. The flowers though only last a day.

The Roselle seeds I planted a few days ago are now showing their tiny faces. So excited to see them grow. I wish all the  different seeds I planted lately would all grow.

I grow plants for many reasons: to please my eye or to please my soul, to challenge the elements or to challenge my patience, for novelty or for nostalgia, but mostly for the joy in seeing them grow. – David Hobson

 

 

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Hooray! The blue ternatea which I planted a few months ago has finally bloomed. I am also looking forward to the white ones which I have just planted.

How exciting!

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I uprooted the sweet potato vines early this morning.  We locally call it “camote”. We  usually use the young leaves for our sinigang or just  steam them for a few minutes and make them into a salad.  I replanted a few healthy stems  and maybe in a month, they’ll  give fresh young leaves again.

I also planted the Roselle seeds that a friend gave me together with the other seeds from his farm. I am not really familiar with how Roselle looks like. It belongs to the family of hibiscus and the flowers are lovely.  And it is edible.  Wow! All I have left for planting now are the burgundy okra seeds.  Maybe when the others have grown, I will think of where to put the latter. The blue ternatea  are slowly climbing the steel matting we put on top of our  concrete perimeter fence.  I planted the white ones two days ago along with the blue ones. I  could now imagine when they’ll bear those lovely blue and white flowers.  Lovely 🙂

Got plenty of gardening gloves but every time I visit the garden and plant those seeds, I’d rather have my hands bare. Digging the earth  with my garden trowel with bare hands, feeling the soft soil and wishing those seeds to grow well, such a lovely wish for a small-time gardener like me. Just taking advantage of the sunny days before another weather disturbance touches  our shores.  Maybe by the end of the year, I’ll have more blooms and fresh veggies in my garden. The carabao grass needs to be trimmed again and yesterday, I harvested more calamansi fruits and gave some to my two neighbors.

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

 

 

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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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