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’.
The below photos may have slightly changed since my last update. Most of the plants have grown taller and/or with more foliage and larger leaves. Some plants have reduced in height due to previous pruning and re-planting.
I have also relocated the two pandakaki plants. Unfortunately the leaves are shriveling because of white flies and larvae underneath the leaves (tiny yellow buggers!). Seems the dish washing + water that I use as repellent is no longer working on these critters. I’d have to add pounded garlic, onion and hot chili pepper to make the concoction more potent (and also a bit stinky).
I have relocated some of the plants here beside the wall that gets more sun rays. These plants are hardier than the aglaonemas and colocasia plants. And the avocado and sour sop seedlings are growing steadily. The problem now is where to plant them in our backyard garden. We’re planning to give them away to some of our relatives or friends with large backyards. We don’t want these seedlings to go to waste as we need more trees these days.
After months of not having any flowers, our white bougainvillea plant finally has blooms! The little light green bracts are still so young in these photos. I can’t wait for all of them to turn white. I also noticed that there are more flowers this time around.
And finally, our orange bougainvillea has new flowers after many months. When we bought the juvenile plant, it has orange blooms. But those easily died after we planted the cutting. We waited for this plant to grow bigger and thrive despite the changing weather. And at long last we can see a couple of orange blooms.
Perhaps it is safe to say that for almost two years, our garden is still thriving and kind of promising with the way the plants are growing. And every time I write an update about our tiny backyard garden, I always have some sort of realization which I tend to reflect on. And it is almost always about how nature takes its course, how it plays an important role in the way living things change over time, and how we (as humans) should take part and enjoy this gift of nature.