Category Archives: ornamental gardening

Enter the hottest summer

Hello fellow gardeners! How is your garden doing/ In my part of the world, it’s the hottest summer. Not only are we used to the heat and humidity of it , the plants also bring out their survival instincts and learn how to cope. I feel so frustrated for the sad plants who begin to show discomfort in their yellowing of leaves and totally give up altogether.

Now , this piece is about the survivors , the ones who thrive despite this challenge, in fact, they are majestic competing with the radiance of the sun.

For my veggies, only the mustard , pechay , and  cilantro are showing resilience. I examined the soil..it’s parched. IMG_0559But these plants win hands down, with some watering, they don’t need so much care and attention. I can’t wait to turn the mustard into my favorite achara.I learned the recipe from our neighbor. Just chop the mustard , mash with rock salt , blend with chopped garlic and a little vinegar, you may or may not put in a little sugar, place inside a bottle , and toss in the ref . That is already preserved! Oh ! You must try this ! Perfect to go with  grill/fried fish or as an appetizer, kimchi style!

So I digress. For the fruit trees,these are the winners this summer: my ever reliable papaya , that I planted from seed is giving me so much joy. It’s big and tasty, and doesn’t seem to end fruiting still. If you want a no- hassle fruit to plant, I recommend papaya. My 5 mangoes that I planted some five years back are starting to flower and some are showing small fruits already. The Bananas that we planted last rainy season, its giving us pleasure this March.

The ornamental that are enjoying the sun: are anthuriums, bougainvilla  and the garlic vine!

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Nature has time and again taught me this lesson in gardening, Go with its seasons, and never go against its flow. So , here I am , eager to have the rains back but a happy camper with what Nature has to offer!IMG_0567

Creating my little nursery

It’s been a while. I was roused from this cruel summer lethargy to actually bring myself to write again because of some visitors to my blog appreciating the little efforts of this hesitant weekend farmer. Okay, okay, I need to update ..update.
You’ll be glad to know my silence is not at all unproductive. The past months brought me to certain horticultural shows in the city that inspired me to propagate in my own makeshift nursery.I am talking about the annual horticultural show held in Quezon Memorial Circle.After looking at the nice showcases of plants in the show, I was compelled to buy a start up collection of tropical plants,succulents and indigenous flowers like ylang ylang.
I was excited to bring and start right away.I was told some plants have different propagation techniques. One is through cutting , another is thru division, and still some others need marcotting.The potting medium must not be entirely soil, you need to mix it with ipa(rice hull) or coconut husks scraps.All of these techniques are best explored if you will create a netted plant nursery with a bit of sun filtering it.You will never know the benefits of your little experiments until you set out to do it.

Staghorn fern is so expensive. Vendors fetch 2500 Php for a full grown staghorn like the one in the picture.