I haven’t been out birding in quite a while. Hectic work schedules have taken away most weekends and on the only free weekends I have, I either use to rest or am confined indoors because of the rainy weather. I am saved from frustration by my newfound passion in succulents.
I have always been surrounded by plants having parents who love gardening. No matter how small the allotted space in our home, our family always had plants. I’ve always wanted to be like them with the aptitude and the “green thumb” for making a variety of plants thrive under their care. Growing up, they always supported my efforts but, sadly, I’ve always failed. I tried vegetable gardening and was rewarded with a tray full of weeds. I also studied the art of bonsai but ended up killing the poor plants! I’ve bought sunflower growing kits but was never successful in growing them and seeing them flower.
It is only now that, with Djop, I tried my hand at succulents and cacti. And, finally, I have found my inner green thumb!
We got our first batch of succulents during a plant show in February and started with 4 plants. My brother Mark added to my collection and got me an additional 2 more plants! I researched and read about the proper care for the plants and got to work. Experience is really the best teacher… most of those plants died under my inexperienced care but, with the encouragement of Djop, my family, and friends who are also into succulents, I got a new batch and this time, took extra care and learned to respond to the plants.
|First batch of succulents which I named (but regretted since most of them died…)|
|Gifts from my enabler brother =P|
Now, 5 months after we got our first plants, Djop and I have a mostly-thriving collection of succulents and cacti! Most plants we buy in the plant area adjacent to Farmer’s Market in Cubao (I included a map at the end of this post for reference), some are generously given by family members, and others are cuttings given by friends.
|Another batch bought at another plant show in the Quezon Memorial Circle|
|We learned how to use pumice in our potting mix
and also how to do leaf propagation
Recently, we’ve spent a lot of our free time and weekends working on our small balcony garden. We’ve still had some casualties here and there and putting them on the list of “To Buy Again Soon.”
|Our aptenia continues to bloom!|
|Thank you, mom, for our gymnocalycium!!!|