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Vietnam Rose

After a long and hectic day, let your eyes rest

on the beauty of a summer bloom.

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It was a busy weekend but days before that I was so lazy even to go out because of the summer heat. I finished three books in one week.

Fancy an early morning breathing  in the heavenly fragrance of Gardenia and Amazon Lily flowers mixed with the lemony scent of Calamansi (Philippine lime) flower buds.  It’s a perfect excuse to stay in the garden for a while. My Gardenia shrub is flowering again, a bit early for the month of May when it shows its blooms almost in every tip of the branches. I didn’t know that Gardenia symbolizes love, harmony and grace and it was named after Dr. Alexander Garden, an American botanist, until now. I just love Gardenia and when it is in bloom , I always take shots of the lovely white flowers.  Our two Calamansi trees are on their flowering stage too but the fruits are there all year-long.

Finally, one of our jackfruits was ready for harvest. I was as excited as Josef when we finally harvested it the other day and this morning, I sliced  it with a sharp knife and  separated the pulp from the rind. Josef just wants  it  fresh and cold from the ref.  One can cook it as “langka preserve” or marmalade, the way you cook other fruits in season.

Jackfruit, anyone?

Jackfruit, anyone?

The young green one is cooked as a yummy vegetable dish, either sautéed in pork or cooked in coconut cream with lots of chilis. Try it, it is best served a little hot and spicy.

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Gosh,  how time flies!  I can’t believe that it’ll be summer in a week or two. Here comes the sun and probably a series of brownouts that the Department of Energy is warning the public since last year. And it is not a case of I hope we have enough supply because it will definitely happen (according to news reports). I am thinking of buying a rechargeable fan to beat the summer heat.  Despite these setbacks though, summer would always be welcome, never mind the heat, we are used to it. What I love about the summer are the varieties of local fruits you’ll find only during the season, mangoes (we produce the sweetest mangoes), star apples, santol (wild mangosteen) siniguelas (Spanish plum) rambutan, avocado, duhat (Java plum) and many more.  My annuals bear flowers during the summer months and I love the surprise I always see in my tiny garden during this season. I could now see a growing  kamantigue with its dark violet flowers.

This has been a productive week for me. I finished painting two spans of our fence grills, three more to go. I bought garden soil and did some repotting  and replanting of my prayer plants. I have three varieties of them. I found a white vinca growing outside and replanted it too in one corner together with the pink ones. Mom said I should take a rest because every day I am outside trying to refurbish our small garden. We have this old lampshade made of ceramics and  when the electrical wiring was not working anymore, I made it into a garden accessory and repainted it in black together with a water fountain that we no longer use but still a lovely accent piece in one corner. It’s hard work I know but the fulfillment one gets seeing a new look is priceless.

Of course the day would not be complete without taking a few shots.   Here’s a picture of my Shanghai Beauty.

Pretty in pink...

Pretty in pink…

 

It's called Mexican Firereplant or  Wild Poinsettia

It’s called Mexican Fireplant or Wild Poinsettia

 

How was your week?  Happy weekend to all!

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A few days ago, I posted a blog at Gardens and Empty Spaces, some shots of my garden blooms.  I was excited to see my Amazon Lily in all its white glory. Here it is finally :)

It belongs to the family of Amaryllidaceae.

It belongs to the family of Amaryllidaceae.

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I would have loved to add  more pictures here but I am saving on space for future blog posts. According to WordPress, I have consumed 68% of my allowed limit so I just used two of my other blogs for some updates.

My camera was silent for a few months  (no pics taken, no pics uploaded except for some previous shots) but I have it fixed finally three weeks ago. Yesterday, I tried taking a few shots of the sparse flowers growing in our garden before the one month warranty expires in a week. It’s working well, thank God!  Take a look at our garden, I just posted some pictures there and updated my photography blog too.

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My first experiment on color splash.

My first experiment with color splash.

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I am reviving (oops, that sounds like it’s dying), I have updated my other blog Gardens and Empty Spaces by posting lots of pictures I took of our garden in the province when I last visited there. I have neglected it for so long and it looks pathetic.  I set that up so I could separate the photos from the usual shots that I take to go with my blog posts. May I invite you to visit me there too and maybe follow if you like?  Thank you.

It’s a rainy New Year this side of town, just enough drizzle to wash away the dirt and grime brought by endless firecrackers which our neighbors lit last night.  The fireworks were lovely to watch but they added to the polluted air and brought more toxins which are so harmful to all living things. The firecrackers were something else though, it felt like we were in the middle of a war zone a few minutes before and after 12am. Even Kuchi, our Japanese Spitz hid herself under the bed. Despite the warnings from the Department of Health and reminders from  Pres. PNoy, Metro Manila was a bedlam. I don’t know why they don’t want to ban it completely. There are cities that have designated some areas for fireworks, I wonder why every city and town could not do the same. Waste of money and so dangerous because most of the victims are children who don’t know anything better or are just too stubborn to listen.

It’s the first day of 2015,  the start of another 364 days wait. How was your new year celebration?

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