Posted in city gardening, Close to Nature, Closer to God, family life, gardening, tagged Close to Nature, family life, flowers and blooms, gardening, jackfruits, Kalamansi, nature on April 4, 2017|
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It’s one of those days that I get to trim the carabao grass again. Although they are growing a little slow because it is summer I need to weed out unwanted grass too. The weather is just right for afternoon gardening. I am just halfway through, I still have so many things to do in the garden. It was quite windy but the sun shone brightly.
Our two jackfruit trees are bearing so may clustered fruits again. I noticed the small fruits at the base of the second tree not knowing that the first tree has born fruits earlier. I took one to cook in coconut cream.
The remaining five are now large enough to ripen. They were a little up the tree so we really didn’t notice them earlier. Maybe in a month or two, I could harvest again. Every year, these two trees give us fruits. All we do is water them every morning together with the other plants we have here plus the two Philippine lime shrubs (kalamansi) that bear fruits all year round. They are just perfect for a small garden. Some branches are in their flowering stage.
I am getting impatient with the lavender I planted late last year. I wonder how long it would take before it would bear flowers. The herbs I planted at the same time are doing well. Maybe the lavender need not be watered daily but the weather is hot here so I water them every day. Gardening is really a hit and miss thing. Sometimes you’ll see some flowers resurrecting in the heat of summer. Sometimes there are unknown plants that just sprout in a corner. I find fulfillment in gardening though just like I do with reading and blogging.
Gardening is also a relaxing activity and growing things from seeds and branches are just wonderful. You won’t notice the passing of time when you are in a garden. Some of my bulb plants and the Amazon lilies planted in pots are presently in bloom. Oh to see them bloom again. What a reward!
Do you love gardening?
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Posted in 60's music, 70's music, blogging, Christmas decor, journeys, photography, tagged blogging, Close to Nature, flowers and blooms, journeys, life, photography, Santan flowers on November 23, 2016|
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Yes, I believe those in their sixties are baby boomers.
It’s been a busy weekend and blogging took a back seat. I would love to blog every day just like before but it is a no go. It’s either one is too lazy to blog or nothing comes out worthy to blog about. I think it is more of the latter though. Sometimes the muse doesn’t work. But I am happy that a lot of people have followed my blog lately although when I looked, some blog sites are no longer active and the blogs are already deactivated. Some are written in another language that I can’t understand. Sorry guys, much as I want to follow you back or read your posts, I am in a bind. Anyway, I did follow some of you and I look forward to reading your posts. It is always a thrill to discover new blogs and writers here at WordPress.
Nate turned four yesterday and my daughter went on leave from work so she could prepare his small party celebration in school. She brought along spaghetti, pizza, cake and ice cream for Nate’s classmates. Seeing their pictures, I think Nate enjoyed the party. Last week, they went on a three-day trip to Subic, Zambales for swimming and to visit Zoobic Safari. It is always nice to see Nate enjoying those moments at the beach. There is nothing lovelier than being with your family on a road trip.
The last two days, I’ve been busy gardening again, trimming the carabao grass while listening to good old music on my small radio outside. Listening to news, humming along with 70’s and 60’s songs, that’s what life was all about the last two afternoons. It was nice to garden because it was a little windy. I don’t have much of flowers nowadays except the blooming Crossandras, Santan and Shamrock. Our street is looking festive, they just hung lanterns on lamp posts yesterday and lit them last night. Beautiful 🙂 They even have these Christmas decor on the railings of the sidewalk made of native materials. Nice 🙂
Sidewalk Christmas decor
My Santan blooms in front of the house.
It’s otherwise known as Jungle Geranium.
I managed to finish two books the past week, some light reading about works of new authors that I found lately.
How are you all?
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It rained the whole night
the sun breaks the dark clouds
And this is its reward –
finally in bloom!
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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 city gardening, Close to Nature, flowers and blooms, life, nature, photography, tagged Close to Nature, flowers and blooms, photography, Ruellia on July 7, 2016|
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My lovely Ruellia
And it’s not enough that you trim the grass,
taking shot of a lovely bloom is a must.
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Posted in blogging, food, gardening, Goodreads, guilty pleasures, journeys, life, Philippine cuisine, photography, tagged blogging, flowers and blooms, food, gardening, home garden, journeys, life, photography on June 28, 2016|
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Oh my, it seems like months since I last posted here. Thank you for those visits even if there is nothing new to read. No valid reason though except the same old one, been busy the past few days. Blogging took a back seat for a while.
Gardening has been a priority of course. It rains almost every day now so those unwanted weeds sprout like crazy too. Every two weeks, I need to trim our carabao grass, a tall order for aching backs and sore muscles. The reward though is more than enough to make me smile. All the Portulaca I planted three weeks ago are blooming now in different colors of yellow, white, orange and pink. They are the most easy to grow annual plants.
Saw this white rain lily in early bloom. Flowers only appear during rainy season but they are nice ground cover.
Yesterday, I attempted to cook my version of Bicol Express for our lunch. It’s that popular dish from the Bicol region where coconut seems to be the main ingredient in lots of their local dishes. And know what, the main ingredient here is not the pork but the sliced green Thai chili peppers that we have plenty of. The dish is really hot and it requires a lot of rice to go with it. I omitted the shrimp paste since Josef is allergic to shrimp, used ordinary rock salt instead. It was yummy.
Some of my friends are urging me to cook another dish in coconut cream which we call Ginataang Santol. I asked my favorite vendor yesterday if they have the Bangkok variety but she told me it is not yet in season. Would love to cook this again when I find those sweet Bangkok santol in the market.
I was able to transfer all the photos I took on my tab at Photobucket and to my hard drive. Better be safe than sorry. One more thing I need to do and it is a hard and dusty undertaking – to clean our book shelves and separate books, the favorites and most important ones from those we just bought on a whim. There are some authors that I have never known before but surprisingly delivers a good piece of a story.
Eight books in advance for my 2016 Reading Challenge in Goodreads. Hooray!
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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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