I know I’ve been posting the same photos of our backyard plants for months now. But I am glad we are still able to keep most of the varieties still alive and kicking despite some worrisome bugs and weather issues we’ve had over the past year. Somehow, I have also managed (or should I say restrained) myself from over pruning and ‘disturbing’ the plants for months. Thanks to my busy work schedule and NOT being an obsessive compulsive gardener. Sometimes, it really pays off just letting the plants be and not worrying too much about possibilities of pests lurking and pruning just for the sake of being in a ‘gardening mode’.
This backyard gardening blog is going towards its second year in May. Our backyard garden is ever-changing because of the weather, the amount of sunlight it receives, the ‘confining space’ effect of the four walls surrounding it, and a wide array of human errors we’ve committed as amateur gardeners. I know a lot of people believe that gardening requires a green thumb. I do not believe in this, but I believe in errors and wrong decisions such as choosing the wrong plants, pruning too early, transferring a young plant from pot to pot, over-/under- watering, and a whole lot more. Sometimes I hate to admit to many of these errors, but I really want to start the year right without a lot of plants dying on me again. Yikes!
We now officially have two gardens – our DIY backyard garden and a windowsill garden. I truly feel it is necessary to have this ‘other garden’ because we stopped putting curtains on our front windows and we’ve removed the blinds after that. The house we live in is along national road and dust and smoke from outside usually land inside this house. The least I can do to fill in the gap and remove the boredom of a curtain-less window is to surround it with plants. And since our backyard has had several makeovers (relocating plants, adding some more plants species, killing a few plants but not on purpose, etc.) and the space isn’t big enough, I have relocated some of the plants to the front and made sure the dish gardens are only located at the front of the house as well. The dilemma of buying plants when I (or my mom) cannot resist is where to put the new plant/s at the backyard garden. It has become a chaotic garden when I haven’t pruned and rearranged and relocated the plants. It is constantly a work in progress. But now it looks better –> this update will be on Continue Reading →
It’s been an exciting and challenging year for us here in the Philippines. Nevertheless, let us not forget to thank the Lord for even the smallest blessings we have. We pray fervently for the recovery of our kababayans in the Visayas region. And we are very thankful for those who’ve extended their helping hand to the Philippines. Maraming Salamat po!!! Happy Holidays everyone!
I have answered a couple of visitors’ comments on my blog and also several email inquiries about the places to buy garden plants. However, I can only give them recommendation based on where I actually bought our garden plants. I live in the province of Laguna and there are many garden supply stores and landscapers here in our province. But I am pretty sure whatever we have here – plant species and garden accessories – are also available elsewhere in the Philippines. Lately, my favorite garden stores are Inang’s Garden (Canlalay Binan, Laguna) and Del’s Garden (they are regular participants and sellers in the UPLB Garden Shows and they now have a branch in SM City Sta. Rosa, how cool is that!?). I love purchasing from these stores because their plant varieties are better in terms of species and appearance.
It’s my first time to create an infographic and I really enjoyed it. However, WordPress does not allow the “iframe” coding system which is I guess a type of script. Anyhow, I just made a screen capture of the infographic I created via Infogr.am. My message is clear and simple: learn how to make a dish garden, so you too can enjoy a bit of greenery even if you have a tiny space such as a windowsill.
Starting Today until November 18, 2013 (Monday), I won’t be posting anything to show our sympathy and support to the victims of the recent natural calamities in our country, and to show the world our eagerness to give immediate attention to the global issue of climate change.
This post is a bit overdue. And so does this front garden that we have right now. I’ve decided to transfer one of the plant stands, the pot with Ti plant and low Chinese bamboo, croton, green/pink aglaonema, the rectangular planter with coleus, and the welcome plant from the backyard garden in order to fulfill this project. Right after we went to the garden show, my mind’s been poking me to accomplish the extension project of having a garden at the front of our house which is beside our roofed garage and at the back of the defunct mini store. From the garden show, we bought maiden hair fern; two small ti plants; pink and green aglaonema; two types of colocasia; a tillandsia and a few small dish garden plants (from Del’s Garden); and Italian oregano. We wanted to buy other plants that day, but it would it be inconvenient since we’ve only commuted from the university going home. I resorted to buying a couple more from Inang’s Garden in Binan when I went there to buy a sack of garden soil. I bought a Golden Garland (Nong Nooch Vine), a White Petioled Aglaonema, and pandakaki. Here are the plants Continue Reading →
There was still a bit of a drizzle when I left home last Saturday morning. It was already the second day of the UPLB Garden Show which is currently being held at the Seniors’ Social Garden at the University of the Philippines in Los Banos, Laguna. We always make it a point to go to the garden shows on the very first weekend -usually a Saturday – because the plants and flowers used on every garden/landscape design are still fresh and in their best conditions. It was cloudy and it also rained at the university. Nevertheless, the plants did not budge and continued to show off their glorious beauty. Too bad we do not have a replacement yet for our busted digital camera, so we still resorted to using my sister’s camera phone. Despite the technological constraints, we managed to take good pictures of the landscape designs and their featured subjects. The rain was all worth it because we enjoyed everything we saw. There weren’t as many as last March’s participating landscapers and garden designers this time, maybe because they know the rain won’t be of help during setup time and show. Here are the best photos we took during the Continue Reading →
Trees I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree. A tree whose hungry mouth is prest Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast; A tree that looks at God all day, And lifts her leafy arms to pray; A tree that may in summer wear A nest of robins in her hair; Upon whose bosom snow has lain; Who intimately lives with rain. Poems are made by fools like me, But only God can make a tree. ~ Joyce Kilmer ~ coconut palm silhouette of a palm leaf with sunset at the background different species of trees are found in the university – Palma Bridge acacia, palm, bamboo kapok tree – Ceiba pentandra (Java cotton – other name) under the canopy of acacia these giant palms are so tall and magnificent International House – great backdrop! Freedom Park – lots of shade from the acacia trees Fire trees at the International Rice Research Institute The poem, Trees, echoes in my mind whenever I visit the University of the Philippines in Los Banos. These trees are constant reminders that nature, when cared for and regarded as living organisms of the Earth, will always thrive and live a Continue Reading →