I feel old writing about this, or like I’m doomed to be a boring anti-social for the rest of my life. But I’ve actually grown fond of gardening…although honestly, I don’t think I can say I have a decent garden already.
I’ve always known that plants amaze me… but I never thought it can actually come to a point where my fascination with plants can become therapeutic. It helps ease my migraine and manage stress. It’s so amazing, I can’t believe I’ve missed out on this the whole of my life! Whenever I feel a huge migraine attack coming, I instantly take my pain-relievers(as prescribed by my doctor of course) and go outside to water my plants, look out for new growth or just simply spend time with them. People actually misuse the word migraine a lot times, often substituting it for headache. Unfortunately for me, mine’s the real thing, the numbing, blinding, vomit-inducing type that usually leaves me in a vegetative(no pun intended) state for as long as three days. It’s not a pretty picture, I tell you.
But the sight of pretty flowers and lush greenery has the power to stop the awful monster on it’s track! And here let me show you what I have so far. I’ve only started last November, and plenty of the stuff I plant usually end up dying, but there are a few who survive however.
I’ve become really fond of bougainvillea. In fact, most of the plants I have now are bougainvillea. I probably have 45. I know I’ve gone way overboard. I admit I got too excited with the idea of incorporating them into my photographs someday. I don’t just want a studio someday, you see. I want a garden type studio.
So far, I’ve only potted 25, the best varieties. The other 20, I have no idea what to do about them yet. They flower better when they’re potted. But pots are expensive you know.
We have a few orchids in the yard. I have no idea who put them there. But they’re very much neglected. I plan to propagate them. These are obviously not one of those expensive and sensitive orchids that require close attention. I’m not the kind of enthusiast that is meticulous about breeds and the likes yet. I just want pretty flowers. Lots and lots of pretty flowers.
Some sort of orchid. It’s so so hard to ID these plants.
Lantana. This one’s considered a weed in some places. Our helper in fact almost killed this plant once. But we had it for like 10 years already and it’s the most hardworking in producing flowers so we’re keeping it. It’s the largest flowering plant in the “garden” right now and attract plenty of butterflies.
Random cat picture. Coz this big Tom (doesn’t look that big in the picture though) loves hanging out in my garden. Unfortunately, as much as I love my semi-feral cats, they’re also one of the main reasons why a lot of my plants hadn’t survived. I have these soft-stem ones with beautiful red flowers (dunno what they’re called). They pretty much get crushed a few days after transferring them to the ground because my cats love running around. Plus most of my cats are girls so they tend to attract toms, who fight over them.
left - madagascar periwinkle(so happy when I found the name in google)
right - another anonymous plant with a pretty flower.
Is this a weed? There are plenty of them growing under the shade of our avocado tree. My father really likes them though and asked me to plant more around the driveway.
lovely little spouts. I have no idea what the plant is called though. But I have probably 50 of these already fully grown. The flowers started blooming last week so I don’t have a picture yet.Rich, black soil from the side of the yard. I wish I can show you the fat, juicy, earthworms too.
At the “nursery”. Recycled J.Co boxes at the back. Can you spot it?
My only gardening tools. My favorite is the little sundang at the right. Bought it from the palenke for 50 PHP. I don’t usually go to the palenke but I specifically sought this one out as it’s hand made and fits my hand perfectly. In fact I bought two.
My watering can. Of course it has to be pink.
Ok, so I realized I probably photographed only a quarter of what I have. I’ve got a few yellow bells too, and my newly discovered favorite, pentas. But they’re not blooming yet.
I also get plenty of help from my aunt’s gardener. She invested a great deal for the landscaping around her house so she got all sorts of interesting plants, including bonsais. Because we’re neighbors, I usually visit and ask for cuttings and seeds and advice from the gardener. Between him and mr. google, who needs a green thumb?
I’m thinking of planting vegetables in the future too. And also papayas, just because birds love them. And my semi-feral cats love catching and eating birds. It therefore makes for a more dynamic little ecosystem.