Friday, October 21, 2011

Garden Thoughts

Alright. I've changed my blog name. I changed it simply because I am spending more time in the garden when at home. Everyday, I get to see interesting growth sprouting, popping up from stems and branches, developing into mature evergreen foliage. Tending the garden gives me the opportunity to observe closely the ways of nature under blue skies and fresh air. For me, I find it therapeutic in a way and I enjoy the  aesthetic effects it brings to our humble home.

Fascinated by these young fronds with lanugos covering them, grabbing the camera was the next thing I thought of. Just like any newborn babies or mammals, giving utmost care is always essential thing to do. I thought the term lanugo was only used for newborn babies but the term can be applied in young leaves as well. Since I live in a humid climate, misting them daily keeps their moisture but never let them stand in water nor in direct sunlight. 

I had a hard time deciding for the right spot since the foliage are long, almost 4 feet in length and 2 feet wide. They all started out relatively small and I had no idea at first that they could grow that wide. Backyard is not spacious enough with concrete landscape, so container garden and a little wall garden worked best for the area. Almost all plants were propagated in big and small clay pots, fancy containers and plant boxes. Problem arises when the soil starts caking if left unattended for some time. On the other hand, water tends to overflow, washing away the soil from containers so adding garden soil is done every now and then.

Day 1 - I'm....

Day 3 - coming...

Day 5 - out....!

Day 7 - I'm coming out! I want the world to know!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Song of A Bee

Dancing with the wind to and fro
Wings flapping high and low.
Under the sun and into the yellow
Flower bush I hover, I dangle
I flutter, flitter and flicker.

Sweet efflorescence
Enchantingly quiet.
So elegant with petals so delicate
I wonder where your dainty colors come from?
Is it from the fronds?
Is it from the sepals that hold
Your heads up high?

Pardon me
You caught my assiduity.
Your scent kept me captivated.
Lingering paradise in the cloverleaf
I am enthralled by your simplicity.
Bestow upon me  
The magic you bring
This is why I can prance and sing!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

One Stormy Morning

The grounds were soaking wet, trees were swaying high and low as the wind howled, wailed concomitantly with the heavy downpour across the region. It's not the best time of the year because typhoons occur and will last until the month of November. So much crops and produce are wasted, desolated by intense storms and extreme weather conditions.

Startled by the call of my son one stormy morning in the garden, quickly I rushed to him to find out what was it all about. Unexpectedly, there in the garden, we found  litter of tiny baby hamsters, so pink and bald in Koko's bedding box! She was pregnant after all. Shocked and excited at the sight of the little cute creatures, capturing the moment was the next thing I did. I thought there were only two of them but Koko had four in all. Hang on, little friends, mommy Koko's gonna protect you from this monster storm...Congratulations, Koko! Say cheese...

I have no plans of breeding hamsters so I guess I'll leave that to my son with his guinea pigs and african love birds aside from his other pets I mentioned from my previous post.

Despite the stormy weather, my little garden never fails to give me simple joys I will keep. Thank you, garden.

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