Summer Thriving

(Because May is the month of mothers, all four of this month’s Sunday/Monday posts will feature my Ma’s garden and all the pretty, lovely, beautiful, delicious things that grow there. Today, some flowering plants take center stage.) πŸ™‚

I cannot remember a time when my Ma did not keep a garden. Wherever we lived, from the large house and lot that I grew up in to the tiny structure with the nipa thatched-roof that we had to build on borrowed land after we lost almost everything, Ma always managed to cultivate a garden.

As soon as she and Dad acquired the land where they now live, she started planting all sorts of fruit trees and flowering plants on it (even before they made plans to build the house). All that sowing has been paying off in large measures of gorgeousness. Ma chose tropical plant varieties that grow all year round but especially thrive during summer. So from March to June, which is summer in the Philippines, everythingΒ in the garden is either abloom or bursting with fruit or both.

With two granddaughters around, Ma has a couple of young ‘disciples’ who have taken to following her around and are hopefully learning gardening skills. Of course, they are also into all sorts of girly things such as putting pretty flowers on their hair. I’m sure these days they have plenty to choose from. πŸ™‚


I know most of you keep a garden (even a couple of plants on pots is a garden, right?), but what’s your favorite flower to give or receive? I’m partial to daisies but I really like anything as long as it’s real and is not something that’s commonly used in funeral wreaths, haha! (What?!)

So how about you?

51 thoughts on “Summer Thriving

  1. These are beautiful photos, Tita. After following the link and reading the story about how your family lost everything, I already feel a fondness for your mother! Some people are just very good at nurturing flowers and children, and I think she has the heart and the thumb for it.

    • Thank you very much, Naomi! Yes, she’s wonderful and a real lady, and over the years she has grown not only plants but a tolerance (and maybe a little fondness) for my crude sense of humor, haha! I hope my Ma gets to read this if only for your comment (and mine). πŸ˜‰

  2. Your ma’s garden is so beautiful. makes me miss my grandma’s house where I grew up. Favorite ko yung bougainvillea and how it canopies over our drive way. Tapos sa tabi ng bedroom ko may macopa, pero pinutol nila. but my favorite fruit bearing tree was the coconut that was awkwardly planted just a little off center our driveway so it’s tricky pulling out. However, I have always asked for a calachuchi, yun ba yung puno na may white flowers? I really love that tree.

    • I love bougainvillea canopies! Gusto ko meron din kami sa may gate namin but it’s too thorny daw for the dogs.
      Natawa ako sa puno ng niyog. Alin ba nauna, yung puno o yung garahe? πŸ˜€

  3. Gorgeous pics! My mom’s got a garden and spends hours there… she likes it so much! As for favourite flowers, I’m totally impartial and I love Daffodils and Poppies way too much! πŸ˜‰

    • Thanks, Patricia! Just like my Ma, your mom also probably goes around her garden inspecting every single plant for aphids, picking out dead leaves, making sure everything is getting just the right amount of sunlight. πŸ™‚ Such attention to detail makes for the best gardens, I think.

      • Yeah, she makes all those things you said! She spends hours there… I wonder if I’ll be like that when I grow older…

  4. Tita, your mum’s garden reminds me of my mum’s garden. Like you, I don’t remember not growing up with one, we always had the most beautiful flowers and tropical fruit trees. Your photos are so reminiscent of my mum’s garden when we were kids and even the one she has now back in Sri Lanka. Growing up in Australia, she made a garden out of the smallest space, so we always had color. She has an incredible green thumb. What a lovely way to honor your mum. Along with you, I honor my mum who means the world to me.

    My favorite flowers are tulips and hydrangeas…. πŸ™‚

    • I find that most women who keep gardens (however small) are also the lovely ones who, when you visit them, will immediately offer you refreshments, take the time to chat and just make you feel at home. They also have an air of contentment about them. I’m sure that’s true of your mum. πŸ™‚

  5. Lovely flowers especially the yellow bell! We had one in front of the house when I was younger and I just remember how pretty the yellow bells were. Great post to honor your Ma, Tita Buds.

    • Thanks! She’s really proud of her garden so this is how I decided to honor her. πŸ™‚
      I like how ‘sunshiny’ those yellowbells look that we brought some cuttings back to our place here in the city. They grow so fast and are now practically taking over one side of the garage. πŸ˜€

    • Thanks! She grows a few orchids, too but I wasn’t able to take shots of them.
      I just googled how the peony and iris look (they’re not native here) and they are lovely. The purple and yellow iris is stunning! πŸ™‚

  6. Hello, Tita – I came over from the forum to see how your commenting was working since you changed options. The lovely flowers are a bonus!

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  8. Hi Tita! I came over to see what your comment thing looked like too. I got rid of the ‘follow comments for this post” option but left “follow this blog by email”. I think. I am befuddled. At first WP setting wouldn’t let me uncheck even after saving changes. Geesh. Thank you for the heads up, I had like 40+ comment followers today and I am sure they loved me for all my junk in their email inbox.

  9. Your Mom’s garden is beautiful…I hope mine will look half as nice one day. My favorite plants to recieve or anything from my Dad’s garden. He has gifted me several lovely daylillies.

    • Judging by the pictures you post on your blog, I’m sure your garden will soon be bursting with colors, too.
      Thanks, jeanne. (And you have such a sweet Dad.) πŸ™‚

    • Hindi Pinoy ang garden kung walang gumamela. At di rin kumpletong Pinoy ang childhood kung di nagdikdik ng gumamela para gawing ‘manti-mantika’ sa bahay-bahayan, hahaha.

  10. Beautiful shots of a beautiful garden! Your mum certainly has a talent for creating beauty. There’s one very important flower missing in this post but I’m hopeful we’ll get to see it soon enough πŸ˜‰
    I love getting flowers and I like all of them, I think; but favourites are camelia, jazmine and rose.

    • Hmm, I wonder what that flower is. πŸ™‚
      I remember taking those pictures even before I’d had breakfast, haha, because when I showed one (experiment) shot to Ma, she kept asking me to shoot more. She’s so proud of that garden.

    • Thanks!
      I like yellow flowers the best, too, especially in a shade that’s almost golden. So I ‘exported’ some of those yellowbells from my Ma’s place to here. πŸ™‚

    • Tiny pocket container gardens may be the way to go, Diane. Here in our home, we only have space enough for a few pots lined up along one side of the garage, but we make the best of it by choosing low-maintenance tropical plants and flowers. πŸ™‚

    • They’ll bring an extra burst of color to your garden. I hear roses are not that easy to grow and maintain (my Ma never grew them, she prefers orchids, I think) but they really are quite lovely.
      Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

  11. This has been a wonderful way to get to know you and your family, Tita. Now, I want to know what flowers are commonly used in funeral wreaths where you are? Here in Sri Lanka one of the most common is the Anthurium – and it would be terrible not to be able to put Anthuriums on my list of favourites because they brighten up the shadiest areas of the garden, and a big bunch, in a vase, brings sunshine and happiness into the house:)

    • Oh, my Ma has lots of anthuriums in her garden, too. They are lovely and takes a long time to wilt. The white varieties are especially nice.
      One flower that I associate with funeral wreaths is the one we call canda. I don’t know what it’s called elsewhere but it’s white and the smell itself reminds one of wakes, hahaha. I guess a lot of flowers are used, too, it just depends on the arrangement. I mean, no one wants to receive a “bouquet” that looks as if it should have a “condolence” sash on it. πŸ˜€

  12. Your Ma has a beautiful garden! I love those little yellow flowers. You mentioned they are yellowbells. Not familiar with them, but I bet they would grow here in the summer – hot and humid! I think my favorite flower is hydrangea!

    • Thanks, Karen!
      I like hydrangeas (though they’re not common here).
      Yellowbells will grow and bloom like crazy anywhere there’s lots of sunshine. They can become unruly when left untrimmed especially in the summer when they go ‘WAAAH! here we are!’. πŸ™‚

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