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I woke seeing my dashboard full of spam mails. It looks like it came from just one person with different e-mails because the message for all is just this word: “What?” I wonder why they never get tired of spamming legit posts.

Finally, I’m done fixing the garden but I haven’t trimmed the carabao grass yet. The sun is still hot even at 4 pm. The Zinnia and Calendula seeds I planted last week have finally sprouted. Looking forward to transferring them later. The fulfillment of having the  garden looking like one finally…priceless.

I am trying to catch  up on my reading but at around 8 pm,  I feel so sleepy. I only get to read  a few pages. Still, there are twenty books I’ve read in advance according to Goodreads. I wake up early every morning though. The day is a little longer now than night-time. Six in the morning is already bright outside. Watering the plants  early is better than waiting for the sun to rise where the water easily evaporates because of the heat.

Also looking forward to blogging every day (if possible) again and reading posts from my blogging friends.

Happy Monday all!

 

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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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Had to wake up early, so many things to do and our garden is a priority.

Pulled weeds at the perimeter wall outside. It only needs some plants now to make it more lovely. I am thinking of snake plants but I still have to look for a place where they sell it. Snake plants are low maintenance, can survive drought and even clean the air when you put it inside your home, in a pot of course.

I have snake plants here but they are of the dwarf variety, I need the ones which could grow higher than a foot.

Snake plants…I need something like these. Image from Wikipedia.

I am overjoyed seeing my bottle gourd rapidly growing and bearing fruits. And there are more flowers than I can count. I took a photo of it early this morning.

Locally known as upo, you could sauté  the  vegetable mixed with ground pork or, come to think of it, sardines. And it is a good side dish for fried fish. Today I harvested another jackfruit. Yesterday, the carpenter got one. I have a few more that I am waiting to ripen.  All the rest could be cooked as veggies.  Some of my eggplants are now flowering.

The great reward of gardening. It just put a smile on my face.

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Finally, finally I’m done with my monthly ritual of trimming the carabao grass.  It’s a good thing that for the past two days,  the afternoons were breezy.  Just right for gardening.

The rocks behind and in front of  this very small Mayana stem used to be a design  of a long  rectangular flat  pot   for my Bonsai Juniper but after only about three years, it died on me.  I don’t know how to take care of Bonsai plants. Even the Bonsai Tamarind which the landscape gardener  put in a corner of the garden died too after one or two fruiting season.  Maybe they really need special care that I don’t know about.

Our compost pit is now ready for use. The lower part is just right to use for planting, the leaves and veggie peelings have turned into a rich soil.  Since I don’t   have extra pots for my remaining  eggplant seedlings, I  made use of two 5 gallon mineral water bottles.

Oh and our two jackfruit trees are bearing fruits again. I counted them, 15 in all in various sizes. Two more months and some would be ready for harvest.

Two days ago, I was surprised for a sudden increase in my stats. The usual 120 to 180 visits turned into 569 in one day. When I took a look at my dashboard, the numbers came mostly from the US. Whoever you are, thank you for visiting my blog and reading my older posts.

May you find moments that make you laugh and sing and dance and smile today. Have a lovely and blessed Wednesday.

 

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Can the day get any better?

I am just choosing to ignore all the “bad” happenings   yesterday.  Yes, it’s pretty bad.  Politics here is literally  thriving on fake news and persecution of  those who are opposed to how the government is run. A self-confessed drug lord set free  ( including their cohorts) by the Department of Justice and the one he accused  of  receiving millions from him is languishing in jail for a crime she didn’t commit?  Where are we going? Our economy is practically in the doldrums.  When will this end? I am getting tired of it all.

It is a nice Tuesday morning though. I just updated my Garden and Empty Spaces blog. for the past several months , I have neglected blogging there. It’s nice to post photos again in their original format.  I usually reduce  what I post here  to save on space but at the other blog, I’ve only used up a mere 9% of it.  Way to go, it will probably take a long time before it’s filled up with those random photos that I post there.

This is just a short post. Happy Tuesday everyone!

 

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It’s the third day that the weather is quite erratic. We experienced the first rain in March two days ago.  Yesterday afternoon, there was a short downpour but enough to water the plants and clean the streets of  dust. We went back to a cold morning today with a drizzle. And here I thought it is already summer because the past days have been a little  humid and sultry.  Lucky me, I don’t have to water the plants at  least for two days or more if this weather holds.

I went out for a while to take a few shots of my garden blooms. As it is not yet summer, there are only  a few of them. I planted bleeding hearts yesterday and my amazon lily is  in bloom again.

My Pandakaki. I just trimmed some of them.

We call this kangkong.

I was quite surprised when I saw these lovely flowers in one of the pots where I planted  the water spinach. It is also called swamp cabbage in southeast Asia and kangkong in the vernacular.

Wandering Jew

Easy to propagate.  they  are called  wandering jew (Tradescantia pallid).   They need bright  but indirect light.

Adenium Obesum

The only pot I have of this. It is flowering again. Locally we call it dwarf kalachuci.

Shrimp plant

Shrimp plants are also easy to propagate. This variety though is more delicate than its sister, the golden shrimp plant in yellow blooms. Those  light pink to rusty-red bracts  hold tiny white flowers at the tip.

The garden always looks lovely after the rain.

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Can’t believe February is almost gone. It is the shortest month of the year. This month has been an uneventful one for me.  The quiet days were spent gardening –  replanting some bulbs, trimming the grass and buying vegetable seeds for germination.

One of the mulberry cuttings that our good neighbor gave me has sprouted new green leaves and the persimmon seeds I tried to plant in a pot are doing nicely. Such rewards despite the morning heat of the sun  and the windy afternoons once in a while.

Summer is fast approaching and  contrary to what some foreign visitors  think  that it is always summer here, we  Filipinos consider the months of April and May as summer months. They are the hottest months of the year. We only have two seasons, the dry and the wet. The dry season usually  starts in late November and ends in May the following year.  The rainy season starts in June and lasts till October, sometimes we still experience typhoons by early December.

Ah yes, books of course.

According to Goodreads,  I am done with 29% of the books I committed to read this year. I am still looking for those classic books. I have about three on my TBR list but discovering new books and authors always keeps me distracted. The allure of reading!

I bookmarked a particular blog here about reading books and authors all over the world.  How I wish I could do that too. She has a list of all the books she has read  arranged alphabetically by country.  She included Philippine authors too.  I recently finished a book about Guatemala and Mexico.

I don’t want to think about our political situation here but one can’t help seeing the news and the way our government is being run. It is sad that almost all of the appointees by the president belongs to his party and most of them don’t  even have enough experience and expertise to do their job.  It seems to be a case of “utang na loob” (a sense of obligation to return a favour owed). I am getting tired of all the jokes and the fake news. Trolls are everywhere. Imagine a president saying  that the Philippines could be a province of China. My goodness, even if he says it is a joke, it is in bad taste. The Philippines is an independent nation, why would he even think of something like this? He is beholden to China, like a lap dog that just follows. Imagine even allowing China to co-own the West Philippine seas.  What is happening to my country? This  is a big question for me.

I hope the month of March would be more productive and lovelier than February.

Still hoping for the best. Welcome March 🙂

 

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