27 March 2008

Planting season

One weekend in Baguio City, I decided to visit the Orchidarium to visit our dear friends who sell plants there; my friends and I been their customer since way back high school (that's over 20 years ago). The Orchidarium is like a secret garden for us; there are only a few people about even on weekends. And the variety of plants and flowers are wonderful to behold!

Anyways, we were there just to visit and take a stroll. But soon I was in animated conversation with our suki, who I have not seen for a long time. I finally gave in to temptation and bought a couple of miniature rose bushes. I wondered if they had spice plants for sale? Yes they did! I bought basil, rosemary, and mint. Wow, the smell of these plants are simply delicious.
Back home, I gathered up some milk cans and proceeded to punch holes at the bottom for drainage. Jo-Lo was on hand to help out.
Next, I placed some medium-sized stones at the bottom, followed by smaller ones.
I also bought some soil from the Orchidarium. This is gardening soil, conditioned with compost and fertilizer.
I placed some soil to cover the stones and measured the depth such that the plant I will be placing will have some space from the lid and the soil will not overflow. I removed the black plastic from the plant and saved it for later, arranged it onto the can, and filled the hollow side with soil.
Ta-daaa! Miniature roses and spice plants to beautify our veranda.

Plants and flowers were something my friends and I did back in high school, and it's such good therapy to do it again! Very relaxing. Plus, it's a great way to recycle cans! I might try my hand with some other plants as soon as Jo-Lo finishes another can of milk!
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