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sprouts

After a week or two and some days more… we have this. The seeds gotten from the supermarket are now seedlings!

vinca sprouts

They stay in full sun, and watered once every two days -I am controlling the amount of water they get. *since our weather seems to be sunny in the mornings with afternoon showers. The zinnias also have sprouted but they are still so little- will be posting once they grow a bit bigger. *I planted them a week after the vincas* I’m excited for these to grow and add some color to my patio!


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pigeon army

Sharing with you a very common sighting at our home.

the pigeon company

the morning group of the pigeon army in our neighbor’s roof

Those are some of the pigeons that regularly visits our place. We are now at peace with them -because they already know that our patio is not for (dive bombing) pooping. However they still nibble on our plants once in a while. Sometimes they also fly real close to our windows and even hang out on top of the air conditioning unit making those loud flapping noises and sometimes scratching (sounds by moving) their talons on the thin steel surface. All that is now normal to us.

It has been months since we moved in, I find it funny that before I used to dislike the pigeons. Now, I look for them and can sort of distinguish one from the other and the group (they have a morning and afternoon group) they belong with.

Sometimes they do some weird antics that includes lying down on the roof, flying from one roof to another then purposely “pushing” another pigeon to fly with them. Making a pigeon totem pole-then they fall and try doing it all over again. *the highest I saw was 4 pigeons stacked together then they toppled over. They can be awkward, amusing and hilarious.

And we have grown to accept and love them. -This actually happened for a few weeks.

  • Update: But unfortunately, the pigeons are back to their disruptive, inquisitive nature that we had no option than to block them out with plastic mesh.

 


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can we talk about moisturizer?

I have given up on moisturizers and skincare stuff for a year now.

My skin condition stayed the same. Meaning: I still have the oily/sensitive skin and I still get pimples from time to time. My freckles are still there, maybe darkened up a bit. *It has been a while since I last used sunblock!

However the dermatologist approved/made toners and soap, stayed in my daily routine. No change on those.

looking for the tub of youth -photo from the internet

looking for the tub of youth -photo from the internet

But lately, I got to thinking that I cannot be too lazy for skincare anymore since I am not getting any younger and if I wanted to age gracefully I must get back on a skin care routine. So, I am going back to keeping a wash, tone, moisturize, protect regimen.

For my wash it is still the non negotiable acne-aid bar, toning for me is split into two parts clarifying and acne control, I am now on the lookout for moisturizer with a good spf. Plus a good non sticky body lotion also with a good amount of spf thrown in. While I want some sun protection, I am not really too keen on whitening. Hopefully the product is compatible with my skin, because if a product makes me breakout, I stop using it immediately and toss it in the dump.

  • Care to share your current moisturizer?


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home improvement project: greening up the view

Since I last posted about plants, I thought I’d show you parts of our home that has plants.

Now that Kei and I have our own home, I often look at the window and see grey walls and roofs that are kind of drab/sad. This is how our patio looks like when we moved in. I thought we could do a home improvement project.

our patio before the plants took over

our patio before the plants took over

I wanted to liven up the place a bit and make it look more “home-y”. So, I decided to create my mini patio garden with potted plants and hanging planters. To get some color as well as to act as a privacy screen and some sort of shade. Better to have a bit than none right?

They kind of liven up the view don’t you think?

say hello to our patio plants!

say hello to our patio plants! The airplant looks so chill in its hanging basket!- we also added a plastic bench so we can sit outside and keep an eye on our neighbor’s pooping pigeons (they seem to understand now that they cannot poop inside our patio)

Our laundry area also got the same greening treatment. This is how it looks like before.

our laundry area before -just the machine and a soap basket

our laundry area before -just the machine and a soap basket

And how it looks like now. We placed small native wooden blinds and a row of marigolds.

not bad right?!

not bad right?!

While it is not exactly a makeover of sorts, it did feel more “happy” to look at. We plan on acquiring more house plants to keep.

Any suggestions?


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one of my plant babies

I was so happy to see this in my potted garden today.  I thought this plant is dying. Keep reading to know the full story. 

I see three tiny sprouts!

I see three tiny sprouts!

The plant seen above is what they commonly call airplant or tillandsia/s. What I have is the tillandsia stricta variety, a fairly common airplant.

I first saw it in our office, where there seems to be a gardening bug going on. It looks pretty so, I thought why not give it a try.

So, I brought myself one. Not from the office but through a garden center. 

When I first got it, it looks like this.

spiky beauty

spiky beauty

I opted to get a “mature” plant so the chances of me killing the plant will be significantly less. I cared for it by giving it two “baths” per day and hanging it where air circulation is good. And sometimes give it a mist of water when the weather is hot.

This is my airplant getting a bath. -The spacing of these photos are rather lengthy. This was a few weeks after the first photo. You can see the pink bulb has grown taller!

just taking a good soak

just taking a good soak – those zigzag lines you see are its roots!

Its usual silvery leaves turns into a vibrant green when it gets submerged in water. I leave it for a good 10-15 mins every bath.

It became a daily routine.

Then it bloomed!

first bloom

first bloom

I was very much excited to see what it looked like when its in full bloom! After a few days, it looked like this.

more blooms

more blooms

Still not in full bloom….

the lower layer of the bulb has bloomed

the lower layer of the bulb has bloomed

Looking more beautiful than before with its bright pink and purple coloring. But the top part of the bulb have not opened yet!

By the time the top part bloomed, the lower layer of blooms have already withered.

a close up

a close up

The top part of it still has no blooms, but it shows that it is about to open. After a few days the top opened up to reveal buds. By this time the lower part of the bulb is already dried up, same goes for its blooms.

about to bloom

the top part is about to bloom!

The lower part turned yellowish green. Even so, it still looks beautiful.

A few days after.

not so vibrant anymore

not so vibrant anymore

It looked like the colors are fading. Then it dried up. Fast.

All I can see was the dried up bulb. I still carried on the daily routine. But, I cant deny that it looks really sad.

all dried out

all dried out – I did not notice the baby sprouts or “pups” when I snapped this photo

I thought it would just go all brown and die. Till I looked at it closely this morning.

The plant had a surprise for me!

baby airplant

baby airplant

There were three tiny airplant sprouts or what gardeners call “pups”! I was so happy to know that my plant has been doing well and it is not dying, instead it has brought new life.

I am excited to see the three little ones grow!