I’ve been enamored lately with gardening. Passing fancy? Or my farmer’s family gene finally sprouting?
My family on my dad’s side are farmers, when Kenneth and I were kids, we’d spent our summer school break in Mindanao to accompany our dad who goes there para mag copra. ‘Mindanao’ for us is Zambulawan, Aurora, Zamboanga del Sur where my dad’s side of the family lives. The family’s primary livelihood is connected with the earth, tilling it, growing crops, trees, and plants.
I almost forgot my mom’s grandads on both sides were millet and corn farmers, so I guess working with the earth is in the blood.
I remember a summer when I had to help my Lola Leonila plant corn. It was back-breaking work that I lasted only maybe 30 minutes hehe.
I also remember a summer when Kenneth cried a lot because she was being chased by an angry, shrieking hen hehehe, no messing with a hen protecting her chicks, she should know, lol.
I remember fondly Kenneth and I climbing and hopping from one mango tree to the next during windy summer afternoons. They look so beautiful all lined-up straight with their branches extending far and wide and their golden fruits swaying. And oohh there were lots of them greens and yellows at the end of branches and sneaking behind leaves, that our mouths hang gaping at the wonder before us. I wish we had a picture to remember that time, and place. Oh well.. bum.
So yes, back to gardening.
My niece Syd in her and her mom’s Gladiolus garden patch.
Green thumb runs in the family, which I hope I have too. We will find out in the next months hehe
In the last few weeks, I’ve been frequenting ACE Hardware’s gardening section, I’ve been busy inspecting the backs of RAMGO seed packs, and deciding on what flower seeds to get so I’d have the blooms I want. I’ve bought quite a few plant starters of roses, carnations, daisies from the festival-visiting plant and garden shop; also my Zinnias planted from seeds are now big just not flowering yet. I’ve resisted the urge to buy a compost starter for now.
Nicked on my arm and bristles on my hand from all the earth and small rocks I’ve excavated from the small patch beside our house, have become my badges, which I look at proudly. And which I complain too loudly to Titus hahha. Thank God for a very supportive husband who loves me much to put up with my kulit and idiosyncrasies.
I didn’t know I could be this excited to see my newly transplanted plants begin to settle down and finally look healthy! *grins I worry, yes, I worry lol.
Gardening teaches me to be patient, to let nature do its work.
“Baby, bakit di pa namumulaklak? Tagal na ahhh.”
Gardening makes me aspire to something grandiose!
“Mag ma-mayor ako at papasa ng ordinansa, dapat lahat ng bahay sa Liliw madaming flowering plants para pupunta mga tao dito papicture sa mga gardens”. Hehehe
Gardening makes me want to spread good cheer.
Titus:“.. alam na alam ko na ano gagawin mo pag madami ng buhay (na plant). Isasaksak mo sa mga kapitbahay ang tanim para itanim din nila sa mga bahay nila. Basta mapadaan sa gate, kahit ayaw, bibigyan mo pa din.” My husband thinks this is how I tick, lol.
Penfires Garden First Bloom 😀
I have a worry now though, Titus and I travel often, who then will take care of our flowers and plants while we are on the road? Hmmmm, don’t worry blooms; we’ll try to figure it out.
First blooms on my big rose!
Capture the Flowers
When you find yourself on a new place, a new territory, walking new paths, look closely at your surroundings; don’t miss these little inspiring gifts from nature.
The deep pink Zinnia and white flower with pinkish-violet center blooms on the roadside in Batanes on the way to Naidi Hills Lighthouse. The rest of the flowers in the collage were from Sagada, when we climbed Mt. Ampacao, and, in and around town. Aren’t they pretty? ^_^
Oh myyyy, I’d probably be doing gardening blogs now too. Hope you’ll follow the blooming journey. 😀
Here’s hoping for a green thumb! Cheers!
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