It has been quite a productive week for me, though not on a blogging sense, but for my gardening. I spend most of my free time now on this beautiful spot that was bare and hot just a week and a half ago. Now that I left Facebook, I now have more time to spend in other things and even add some of those to sleeping which I am not complaining about. Work has been still quite demanding last week so I'm really praying for a leaner work week on this one since I had to call a sick day last Wednesday because I felt really dizzy already.
** Thank you so much to my friend The Padre who greeted me on his last Sunday's episode of his awesome Radio Show. I enjoyed the world music so much. Thank you brother Padre, I was so thrilled to hear my name!!! So far so good here in the P.I. and you got that right, it's quite hard to be living here at the moment for so many reasons! But staying strong, have to :)
As I wonder how you all my friends are, I wanted to give you an update to my Garden. Let me start with this photo I took yesterday just after my latest fix.
What's new? I added more hanging plants on the steel stairs that led to the roof deck. Also, if you can notice the addition of two plant boxes. I asked someone to get hollow-blocks for me from a nearby hardware (I don't drive, sorry) and I used them to create these enclosures which I then filled with Garden soil.
For the plant box at the far center, since it's not covered by the net, I'm dreaming of desert plants such as cacti and agave if ever I can find some since they will enjoy a lot of sun on that side. My problem though is the rain, I am still planning well on how I can help such desert plants thrive in rainy seasons, but I'm thinking of adding a lot of sandy soil and pumice to the box.
North-facing shaded plant box
For the one on the left of the first photo, I added some bright indirect sun plants since the UV net will take care of them not to be exposed to direct sun rays. I added a Philodendron selloum (left plant inside the plant box) that seems to be dying inside my bathroom even after moving it to different spots. It came with a partner of its same kind (you can see part of its leaf at the leftmost part of the photo) which I added outdoors few weeks before which now looks as healthy as ever! I just hope it survives now that I placed it right beside the one that grows perfectly.
All the other plants are re-potted either from old plants from our rooftop, like these spider lilies and Bromeliads, or from my cousin's house which I visited last Saturday. Yes! I went outside the house again, 6th time since March to count. It was a great experience because aside from seeing my cousins again, I was able to check out all the plants on their lawn and my cousin Caren let me pull out a few and added to that plant box. I was able to take home a couple of Aglaonema plants and a Caladium which surprised both of us, because they are growing like weeds in their lawn when they are sold for a good hundreds of pesos online! We took a photo of it below to share to all of you.
Beautiful heart shaped caladiums at my Aunt's place
By the way, the cousins I met last weekend are the children of my Aunt who's in the hospital right now, the one I asked you all for prayers. With all my heart, thank you so much for praying for her because she has undergone surgery and is currently recovering. Please continue to pray for her, we really hope she recovers very soon, I miss her so so much!
I am very close to my aunt and her kids because they treat me as a part of their family, like I'm their fifth sibling and that means so much to me. They love me so much and never fails to make me know and feel that. So 5 out of 6 times I was outside the house during this pandemic were all spent with them. They are my energy and my peace. Below is a photo we took during our afternoon tea (Yes, we thought of having tea on a 97 F afternoon). The couple beside me are my younger cousin Carlos and his wife Jean. The one beside me is Carlos' younger sister Caren who is an incoming senior in law school (talk about feeling old, I took care of them when we were all kids. I'm their big brother and will always be forever).
Afternoon tea with the kids (they'll always be kids to me)
I'm leaving you all for the meantime. I pray and wish that your coming week will be blessed and productive, happy and peaceful. Stay kind and be a source of other people's happiness and comfort. May God bless all of you and your loved once and stay safe, we're still far from over with this pandemic.
This post is part of My Corner of the World