The recent typhoon that hit the Philippines left me sleepless for few nights. I was worried about my family back home because they live close by the sea. It always reminds me of the typhoon Sisang that swept away our former home many years ago. All we had left then was the clothes we were wearing. Glad I talked to my BIL who happened to contact a person from our place and he told me that Mama and the rest of the family are okay. He said that the roof of Mama's house got blown away but that can be replaced. Thanks to God for protecting them!
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
I bought this Big Red Hardy Hibiscus last year. I always loved it's giant blooms when I see them from someone's garden so I said I gotta have one at my garden. Luckily, I got it on sale last year at the end of the summer season. Glad to see it came back this year and with a lot of blooms!
The huge, saucer-shaped blooms atop fine-textured foliage create a poignant presence in the garden. Matching red-purple stems add to the allure. They are such a great addition to my garden.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Cut some fresh daisies from our garden this morning. I have a bad cramp and somehow I feel like fresh flowers would come it down. So I got my scissors and cut some of the daisies and put it in the vase and set it in our kitchen table. I feel a little better looking at it. Weird but it works.
Here's the edited ones using Instaframe App.
Our back porch is the favorite spot for the bird to make nest. The sparrows, mourning dove, and robins love to hatch their eggs there. The recent one is Momma Robin. She laid three eggs, all hatched, and successfully made their first flight. It's amazing to watch the Mom guide the baby robin's how to fly and show them courage. This is the first Robin to courageously fly first. She stayed in our garden for a while while the Mom comes back and forth to encourage this baby that it is okay to fly.
Here's another basket of goodies we picked from our garden yesterday. Beans grow big so fast so I have to pick them before they get older. We love beans here and I am thinking of canning some so I could preserve it and use it during winter. I tried to freeze them last year but I don't like it when you cook it, it doesn't taste good anymore. I have to find out how to can beans.
I have two kinds of cucumber in my garden. One was given to me by our neighbor, it's the long one. The short ones are the ones that came back from last year.
I pretty much incorporate fresh cucumber into our meals everyday just to use up all the produce we have been getting.
I bought this blackberry last year on sale for $1.99 I think at Lowe's. I always check at the end of the season what plants they have on sale because you can usually find amazing deals. I prayed when I planted this that it would grow. This year, it came back, which I am happy because I didn't think that the harsh Winter will let it live. Our rabbit mowed it down though when it was just coming back which I think ruined its chance to produce more fruit.
I picked the fruits this morning and let my kids savor the flavor, they said that they were sweet.
Monday, July 21, 2014
Going on a road trip is fun but it could be boring if you are not doing anything as a passenger. My husband is the official driver wherever we go so I have plenty of time to take photos. Sometimes I pick an subject to take pictures of just like when we went to Maryland, the drive was 7 hours so I managed to snapped some photos of cars with bike carriers/racks.
I told my husband that we should buy us a bike rack so we could go on a trail and ride our bikes.
My sister in law has a lot of these Bee Balm plant. They bloom right around the 4th of July which are beautiful. These are another photos I took in our way out the zoo!
I am not sure what kind of flower this is but they are different from the bee balm.
This looks like the plant that we cal santal in the Philippines but I am not sure.