Category Archives: Garden

Repurposed Water Gun Toys

Potted Pond 

One peculiar thing about Chiang Mai shops is the presence of bowl ponds at their frontage. Whenever we walk by each we try to scrutinize the water lily and what type of tiny fish that dwells in it. Yes there are tiny fish so mosquitoes  will not use it for breeding.


Alugbati sa Bangketa

Somebody has decided to plant alugbati (a green leafy vegetable) on a sidewalk.

Another patch of alugbati protected by grille.

Yonder on that sidewalk  are patches of alugbati plant.

Planted By Royalties

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Upo

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Upo hanging above the eggplant plantation

Upo growing beside the kubo, in the vegetable plantation barrio somewhere in Rosario, La Union.

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Lily Pads

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Large lily pads at Taipei Zoo

Gastropod Shell Pot

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Snail meat is for snacking while its shell is for potting

Grilled snails are for snacking in Jiufen town. One house I happen to pass by has this idea of repurposing the gastropod shell as plant pot. Cute.

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Grilled snails at Jiufen Old Street. I see lots of potential pots

Talinum

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This post is dedicated to my talinum plants, my leafy vegetable source for my rice meals.

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Talinum salad

Moss Rose

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Leafy Edibles from the Garden

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Siling labuyo

I have several plants with edible leaves from my container garden. Last night, I picked some talinum tops and made salad by adding chopped onions and tomatoes to the young leaves after blanching them. I then put a bit of sea salt as I mixed the three ingredients to come up with a deliciously nutritional salad accompaniment to my rice meal.

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Kulitis

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Kangkong I meant kamote

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Alugbati

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Talinum

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Talinum leaves with tomatoes and onion salad

Not the Garden of Eden

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The view of vegetable gardens in Kabayan may look pretty but their presence meant the destruction of endemic plants and animals, forest cover, and watersheds. Thus, the conversion of more land in Mount Pulag National Park into vegetable gardens is a big concern of DENR. If the remaining pine forest, mossy forest and the grassland of Mount Pulag will become vegetable gardens, then it’s a horror story of the 21st century.

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Okra Plant

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It has been my routine to work a bit in my container garden right after my morning run. A bit of weeding, transplanting (one plant/day), and watering. Since I’ll be sweating from my run and weather is too hot this time of the year, I hose down my head and neck too – like a plant. As for my okra plants, the pods are coming out these past few days. Okra is one vegetable I couldn’t let a week pass without it, a slimy delight added generously in laswa, pork sinigang, or ginataang gulay. I also like steamed okra to be dipped in soy sauce with calamansi.

Sidewalk Plant Pot

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Bougainvillea in a pot

Greening the sidewalk of Kota Bharu using intricately designed plant pots with stand.

Greenery Gone Wild

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Bangrak District

Airport Greenery

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Lots of orchids inside Suvarnabhumi Airport in Thailand

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More orchids

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Butterfly garden inside Terminal 3 of Changi Airport in Singapore

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Just rub your fingers on sliced pineapple then put it gently on the mouth part of the butterfly to achieve this kind of nearness

Edible Winter Ornamental Plant

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I have noted the presence of potted kale in various places in Japan this winter. From what I gather this vegetable is frost resistant and that is why it is pretty common at winter time though not for eating but for the beautification of their doorsteps.

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Meanwhile in Arashiyama

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These two snapshots certainly do not convey the expanse of Arashiyama and its every beauty. But the memories of its elements and structures influenced a feeling of calm in me, that perhaps a couple of images I’ve documented here shall remind me of this place as a whole.

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Glimpse of Greenery in Melaka

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Pandan plant

As I travel in Melaka, I took some plant snapshots here and there…That pot of pandan on the wooden floor against the wall is a pretty sight.

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And another pandan

I wonder if the human being behind that potted pandan uses it for purposes other than green ornamentation.

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Meanwhile, those untamed hanging container plants against a wall with artwork caught my attention, for it seems that the water dripping from clothes has something to do with its flourishing state. Like an unintentional irrigation system.

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And then there was this traditional house in Kampung Morten with potted plants giving an impression of pleasantness and hospitable atmosphere, and not the stiff ‘architectural digest’ garden look.

Potted Wisteria

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Strolling in Kajiwara somewhere near the streetcar station, I spotted a wisteria on a pot. Container flower gardening is their way of beautifying the frontage of their small homes or shops and one of the many street scenes I find pleasantly cute in Japan.

Pandan in Rice

To achieve an aromatic rice every saing, include few blades of pandan leaves in the steaming.

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My only pot of pandan plant, my source of fresh pandan leaves. Just cut few blades for saing purposes

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After washing, tie leaves together in the same manner as how tanglad blades are tied. Then place inside the rice cooker or caldero at the start of the saing

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The fragrant cooked rice. Ambrosial.

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