Monday, 5 December 2016

Day 11/37

Day 11.

Cooking. Yes, after many moons I cook today. But, the focus isn't the dishes that I cook, for food isn't my passion and neither does the cooking.

Reading, blogging and gardening are my passion. But that's a whole different blog post.

For today, I'm going to focus on the lady of the house - Lady of Megginch. I woke up this morning to a sweet fragrance smiling lady. She's dangling over the fence; beckoning to me as if she wants to have her picture taken.

More blooms are expected in the next few days.

Happy Gardening!

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Day 10/37

Day 10.

It's weeding day. Both of us, me and my hubby spend the whole morning weeding and clearing the overgrowth and weeds.

This picture has nothing to do with today's activity. I adore the pink flowers though. Please ignore the droopy leaves and flowers as this shot was taken at noon and the March sun was unbearable. 

Nothing makes a tender plant wilt quicker, than a hot, dry day. Add in a dry wind, and the conditions for wilting are perfect. Do not worry as the plant recovers as late day and evening temperatures go lower. This is very common with this beauty.

Happy Gardening.

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Day 9/37

It's Day 9. Since my the other half is home today, I've planned lots of things to be done together. Let's have a look at my list ...

1. Weeding - vinca and spider plants, which were among the first flowers and plants planted in Dusita Garden a year ago, are in need of serious weeding.
2. Turmeric - I've tried growing turmeric twice and it failed both times too. Thus, I plan to grow turmeric in pots or in a new bed.
3. Angelonia - my angelonia bushes needs trimming and replanting as I want the plot where the present bushes is, to be covered with angelonia.
4. New flower bed - already built two in the compound and now I want another one along the fence outside
5. Own root roses - I've successfully propagated a few pots of own root roses from cutting and they need bigger pots to perform.

As you can see, my list revolves around my garden, Dusita Vista Garden. Nonetheless, we may make our plans but God has the last word, right? Anyhow, you can always change your plan if you have one, and I happened to have FIVE!

As usual, during this season, rain determines our plan over here. I ditch almost all the planned activities in the list, but one, trimming and transplanting angelonia. Instead of weeding, I clean the drain around my cottage. It takes me hours and the menial task has stiffened my muscles and joints. Having said that, the sight of purple angelonia or summer snapdragons makes my my heart flutter!

Happy Gardening!

Friday, 2 December 2016

Day 8/37

It's raining again. It's been raining since yesterday. Even though I love rain, too much of anything is quite bad, quoting Mr Twain,. I couldn't weed. I couldn't trim. I couldn't prune. The only thing I could do is watching out the window. 

Blog Header.
I'm going to share with you about my latest blog header. I've been changing and updating my blog header umpteen times; since the conception of this blog, which was known as Sophyta's Casita. Yesterday, I decided to have the name changed. Dusita Vista is my present humble abode, and it's my latest blog name. There's no reason behind this major revamp. I did it because I felt good of doing it!

Honestly, Header 1 is not my first blog header. I'm quite annoyed as Mr Blogger fails to safeguard my blog pictures. Anyhow, six awesome blog headers are something to be proud of, right?

Header 1
Updated on April 16, 2011

Header 2
Updated April 16, 2011 - a few hours after Header 2 above

Header 3
Updated August 12, 2011

Heaser 4
Updated December 2010

Header 5
Updated December 2013

Header 6 
Updated December 1, 2016

Thank you.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Day 7/37

Hi peeps.

It's Day 7/37. It rains all day long. My garden project is stalled. By right, I'm supposed to assume my long 'abandoned' project but it doesn't materialise.. The rain feels so good and again my initial plan is diverted. I'm called to beautify my virtual home, Sophyta's Casita. 

For the time being, do enjoy the picture of my garden soaking in the morning shower. The scenery is breath taking and the air is super cool and fresh. You have to feel it yourself. No words can accurately describe the goodness here at the moment.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Day 6/37

Dear sweet readers.

It's Day 6 of the 37-Day Holiday Challenge.

I've been sharing my colourful flowers in my garden with you. Now. it's succulents' turn. They were plants of a chance. To tell the truth, non flowering plants like succulents hardly have the ghost of a chance to strut in my garden. I don't fancy leaves and shrub!

They were a buy-one-free-one gift from a friend of mine. They tagged along jasmine plants; sharing the same pot for a couple of months. I decided to transfer them to an individual pot when they seemed to overwhelm the host with their thick broad leaves. They were transplanted in a beautiful pastel green ceramic pot each and have grown well since then.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Day 5/37

Hi sweet people.

It's Day 5 in the challenge. And, the topic, still is about flowers and garden.

Hibiscus ~ our national flower and a rare beauty. Ironically, they are the minority in my garden.
(A repost from my FB.)

It's not only rose bud that is pleasant to the eyes, even the bud of a hibiscus flower is a sight to behold.

Orange was never my favourite colour but this orange hibiscus caught me off guard!

Yellow has never failed to attract me and this yellow hibiscus is an exceptional one.

Pink  looks a little droopy due to the heavy pounding of the late night rain. Nonetheless, its beauty outshines the rest of its kind.

My individual posting of the flower might have deceived you into believing that I own a garden full of these rare beauties. Believe it or not, the three beauties are sharing the same pot! Yes, all of them are from the same plant.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Day 4/37

Hi peeps.

It's Day 4.  Let's view my garden after a heavy rain last night. Some flowers stay fresh but some were slightly bruised.

One of the many buds.


One of the pink survivors... she has survived several assassination attempts -  black spots and the torrential rain, to name a few.

Repeatedly attacked by black spots. However, it continues to bloom in spite of the ordeals.

Thank God! It's a total bliss - a feeling of such incredible contentment and serenity -  a feeling that envelopes me when I took a shot of this fragrant beauty.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Day 3/37

Hi peep.

It's Day 3 for the 37 Days Holiday Challenge, and still the focus is on my flowers and my garden. Today I'd like to parade my zinnia, the very first flower that made its d├ębut in my garden, Dusita Vista Garden.

Zinnia is one of the easiest plant for the garden; it grows quickly and blooms heavily.

My zinnias are very happy to be grown in flower beds alongside other flowers like butter daisy, marigolds and roses. Yes, you read it right! Zinnias and roses sharing the same bed!

Shown in the picture above is zinnia with pink button flowers (locally known).

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Day 2/37

Hi peep.

It's Day 2 for the 37 Days Holiday Challenge.

I'm still with my new found interest - gardening.

This is what I shared on my FB this morning. Enjoy the beauty of marigolds in my garden. 

Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. Having said that, beauty of a flower lies in the eyes of the beholder too. So let us not despise marigolds as someone sees the beauty in them.