Yearly Archives: 2016

Garden Makeover

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The last few days, I have been checking out garden related materials like paver patios, Mediterranean style and fragrant flowers. After trying my hand in planting vegetables last year, I decided to stop doing so this year. So now I need ideas to spruce my garden with whatever flowering plants I have left.

I am planning to rearrange and repot some of the plants into better looking containers in an attempt to have a Mediterranean style garden. However since the space where I could put all the plants is really limited I have to take that into consideration as well before I do the makeoever. Most of the flowering plants need direct sunlight but my yard has a porch that covers 3/4 of the space from the sunlight, sigh!

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So far I have 5 healthy roses, 2 bougainvillea, dwarf gardenia, hydrangea (been waiting for it to start blooming) and a few pots of jasmines including Duke of Tuscany like in the first picture above. I have been trying to plant colorful portulaca every now and then, hoping I could arrange them on planters nicely, but with the rainy season now most of the plants are not thriving well.

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The pereskia bleo plant is also blooming vigorously with bright orange flowers every day now, which is quite a surprise for me since last year it only bloomed like 2-3 times the whole year. Must be the fertilizers it gets from the compost bin I put beside the plant, heh!

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As much as I am tempted to get more new, healthy flowering plants, I decided to take the challenge to reinvigorate those that I already have in the garden. Maybe I could plant more rainlily (Zephyranthes) bulbs since the flowers are so lovely. I have pink, yellow and white in one container for now.

After writing down this garden makeover plan, I feel more motivated to start doing so. Will update more once there’s any progress.

Plumeria

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This is the first time I tried to plant plumeria after a friend gave me a few cuttings from different varieties.

So far only one type has bloomed. After searching online, I found a similar picture from mauiplumeriagardens.com.

Nebel’s Rainbow

Flowers are yellow with a deep red band on front and back. The petals are wide with rounded tips that overlap. Nebel’s Rainbow has a mild to heavy sweet scent depending on the time of year. The flowers have excellent keeping quality which makes this variety a favorite among lei makers. Flower production is heavy on strong branches.

I hope the rest of the cuttings that I have planted will bloom soon so that I can differentiate each plant.

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