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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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We had our  two steel gates repaired today. And since the gates themselves are still okay and sturdy,  what they did was to cut an inch of the portion adjoining the grills on the lower portions of the gate and attached a 2-inch flat bar, to  that portion which is beginning to rust. Since only primer paint was applied, we have to repaint again. Josef said that is easy, he’ll do the repainting, the two gates need two colors, Spanish red for the gates and cream for the attached bars. A  three-hour job cost me P3,000 pesos.

I always forget distinguishing paints used for wood, metal and concrete. I have to write it down again. Enamel paint is for metals and wood. Latex paint is for concrete. Elastomeric paint is for roof.  There you go. And you don’t normally use paint thinner for enamel paints.

It hasn’t rained since the start of September and the weather looks like summer. For the first time this afternoon, it is dark outside. I love the rain, that is when it doesn’t bring flash floods and when it does not wreck havoc  to low-lying areas like ours.  I love it when I don’t need to water the plants every day. The earth easily dries up because of the heat.

How was your Sunday?  I hope you are all doing good.

 

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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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Saw this early this morning while I was watering our Arius tree. I thought at first it was deformed leaves eaten by some insects. Look at that monochromatic shade of its wings. I wonder if this is a butterfly. It didn’t move while I was taking some shots. If this is a butterfly, I guess it would have flown when I touched it but it didn’t.

Could you help me identify it? This is bigger than a moth.

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Finally, we see each other. And it’s been more than four months. Nissa and Obet are here with us, sadly though, Nate was left in their house. Nissa doesn’t want him to go out yet because kids under this general community quarantine (GCQ) as they call it are not allowed. Although they have a car, she’s afraid that they might be prevented from going to another area like Rizal province.

It’s nice to be able to get in touch personally with them again although it is kind of weird that Nate is not around. I miss him and I miss listening to his stories. Nissa will buy him a tab which he can operate when school opens and the two are not around. They’re required to report to the office twice a week and the rest of the week, they work from home. Nate knows how to use a tab on his own even without their supervision. This pandemic changed everyone’s plans and perspective and it continues changing the lives of the people worldwide.

I sorted some of my plants yesterday but I lack plant pots where I could transfer my Amazon lilies and Aglaonema plants. The lilies have enough bulbs for replanting. I am thinking of using those empty plastic bottles of mineral water as plant pots. I gave Obet and Nissa some plants (dwarf snake plant, red shrimp plant and another which until now I could not identify). Nissa said her mother -in-law will surely be thrilled because until now she is still grieving over the loss of her husband last April.

Time is not enough to catch up on everything, I’m glad though that we were able to see each other again.

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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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The best time to garden at least in my neck of the woods is very early in the morning, when the sun hasn’t shown its face yet and the dawn is slowly fading into light. It is also the best time to uncoil your garden hose and point the nozzle to those plants slowly waking up in their slumber.

I uprooted weeds and trimmed the sides of our concrete garden steps. Yesterday, I attempted to garden outside our perimeter wall but I only lasted for an hour. There were so many bike riders passing by and I didn’t want to be exposed to so many people outside. The snake plants we planted there are now surrounded by overgrown grass that we haven’t touched for three months now. Maybe it would take two more mornings to clean everything there. Hopefully, two Sunday mornings more.

Sad news, the Manila Trial Court convicts Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa and former researcher-writer Rey Santos Jr of cyber libel. So the name of the game now is to silence your critics.

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I’ve missed so many comments which didn’t show on my tab the past days. That’s one of the things I don’t like about using my tab to check my posts. Unless I open my computer to check everything, I miss a lot. I told you, life has become lazy days too.

April is almost gone. Tomorrow we’ll start another month.

One thing that I am always reminded of every time the month of May sets in is the song by The Bee Gees, First of May. And I silently sing it in my head. Aside from December, May is one of my favorite months – the month of flowers and the month of Mama Mary.

♫♫♪when I was small, and Christmas trees were tall♫♪

April seemed to take a little too long, what with this pandemic, lockdown and all.  Sometimes all you think is what to have and what to cook in your next meal. There are lots of idle times and you have lots to do but you can’t start.  It’s like the days pass by and you just go with the flow. You think, when will this ends? When will we have normal lives again? When will this stop? And you feel helpless, do a lot of prayers and cling to your faith.

I talk to Nissa every day now asking how they are coping. Yesterday, her brother-in-law brought home the remains of their Papa in a sealed urn. It is supposed to stay in a columbarium but the lockdown hinders one to move normally. They take their temperature every day even if they know he didn’t die of Covid.  It’s been more than three weeks now since he got sick and died a week ago. His doctor siblings said it was bacterial and his kidneys were not functioning well. Such is life, surprises (even not good ones) are lurking nearby.

For the last three mornings, I woke up early to tend the garden. I am finally done trimming the carabao grass. The garden hose is new, we had to call the plumber who did the installation of the aircon three days ago to fix it.  My Pandakaki plants and Tagaytay cherry plants need pruning too. That has to wait until this afternoon when it is not too hot. Gardening is really a great way of  de-stressing, a therapeutic activity that does not need too much  expertise but just the love of the soil and all its environs.  It’s more of  experiments really because they say that there are no gardening mistakes, everything that you plant becomes a part of the garden.

I planted some squash seeds at the back garden and they have sprouted. What a joy to see new shoots.

Let’s just hope the month of May will flatten the curve worldwide.

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