Blooming marvelous

hydrangeaHello, spring, we meet again. I’m not sure if it means my blog is alive again, but anyway, here we are.

I’ve been obsessed with plants lately. It started when we went to Tagaytay for my birthday last year and I bought a hydrangea in bloom, sweet basil, choco mint, and tarragon. A year later, the hydrangea is alive (but almost died after my sister forgot to water it while I was in Hong Kong in November), and the herbs have served their purpose, so I replaced them with new ones (sweet basil, peppermint, celery, and Italian flat parsley).

And then, late last year, a friend got me into succulents when she signed the two of us up for a succulent workshop. I didn’t buy a starter kit–which included a huge glass jar, a pair of gloves, small packs of sand, earth, and pebbles–because it was too expensive. We found out much later that succulents don’t really do well in glass jars because there’s no drainage and it gets a bit humid in there. So I learned how to re-pot and put them in ceramic jars instead.

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Another friend and I have started going to QC Circle to get these goodies. It’s always a struggle because there are just so many things to choose from, even for our “pocket gardens” at home! And lately, we’ve been obsessed with portulacas as well.

I’ve unexpectedly roped in some colleagues to this obsession, so now we have tiny pots of portulacas and cacti sitting on our window ledge at work. I take them home for the weekend to get a healthy dose of sunlight, which they love. I mean, look:


You know what they say…it’s a sign of aging. Haha! I’d like to think it’s a positive sign, though.

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