Two variants of Coleus
Neem tree, ever green
People come, tiptoe and go
Neem tree, now barren
Leaves change their colors
Winter, spring, summer, what’s next?
A Pinoy, dreaming
Ricefield, field of green now
Sun chases nimbus away
Ricefield, field of gold soon
Morning Glory dies
Yes, here comes the rain again
On this site will rise blue morning glories
On this site will rise peach alamanda
On this site will rise orange berries
On this site will rise red cleopatra
On this site will rise golden showers
On this site will rise pink adelfas
On this site will rise purple creepers
On this site will rise violet vandas
On this site will rise yellow lilies
On this site will rise indigo climbers
On this site will rise vermillion chilies
On this site will rise silver tubers
On this site will rise the black soil
On this site will rise the green earth
On this site will rise The Brown Farmer
I am still hesitant to join the Rotary Club of San Pedro East. Pecuniary matters perhaps are the most pertinent factors. The Rotary axiom states that one must have the 3 T’s to share for him to join the Rotary Family. The first T is Time. Everybody has enough Time in this world unless one is working twenty four hours a day and seven days a week. Then, my best friend Webster must delete the word “busy” in his list. It is just a matter of time management. The second T is Talent. Everybody has his own inherent and unique talent unless… No, there is no unless clause. It is just a matter of … Talent Management? The saying “If you are good at something never do it for free.” is not only popular but also selfish. Joker must be joking when he uttered this statement in Batman sequel The Dark Knight. Then, my better friend Wikiquote must delete this irresponsible hearsay in his file. The third T is Treasure. Yes, treasure as in wealth– Money. This time, not everybody has enough money to share. However, a little Treasure can go a long, long way with ample Time and resourceful Talent.
I am still hesitant to join the Rotary Club of San Pedro East.
December 22, 2010. Last working day in the office (Read as: Last FB day in the office) before Christmas vacation. Being an Accounting Manager, I have flexible time. My morning routine: sitting in the doorway of my house with a cup of coffee and a lit cigarette and the compulsive tending of my little garden. Yes, my little garden built through my obsessive and petty thefts of plant stock in places I have been to as a Rotaractor. No wonder why the names of plants are Tanauan, Taal-Lemery, Sta. Rosa, Cabuyao, Calamba, Bay, Lucena, Caluag, (CWC) and so on… named either after the Host Rotaract Clubs or the Places where the Rotaract events were held in (except for that one named after an important person). (Huwag mo‘kong tanungin kung sino basta kapangalan siya ng aso at multo sa bahay)
The unreliable clock rang a quarter before eight in the morning. It was time to take the bath and head for my last FB day in the office. But the Incoming President of the Rotary Club of San Pedro East told me that they would be holding a project in Mary, Mother of Mercy Home for the Elderly and the Abandoned. With no hesitation, I iron-pressed my unused and a good-for-display-only Rotary Vest. With so much pride, I donned the vest with the most precious Rotary Wheel embedded on.
Notwithstanding, I managed to drop by the office- not to FB but to supervise my staff about what-to-do’s.
The Mary Mother of Mercy is a non- profit, non-government foundation taking care of the physical, medical, spiritual needs and concerns of the elderly and abandoned for ten years. Located in San Antonio, San Pedro, Laguna, it is presently home to 29 residents coming from different parts of the country who are ministered by the missionary nuns of St. Francis Xavier. See related articles http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/regions/view/20070830-85467/Doc_finds_new_life_caring_for_elderly
The Rotaract Club of San Pedro East has been helping the Home since Rotary Year 2004-2005.
As usual, it was the landscape and the plants that first got my attention. I approach one Lola who was tending the Home’s garden. The garden was not that big but a certain species won my central vision. Lola said that the name of the plant is Roselle. She added that the plant is grown for its leaves used as “pampaasim’ in “sinigang”. According to her the mother seeds were from Burma and were brought by the Burmese sisters. Lately did I realize that it was known in Tagalog as Kulatsitsi.
After the Rotary and the Rotaract Club of San Pedro East gave their Christmas presents, I went back home to add my new find in my little garden collection.
Notwithstanding, I managed to drop by the office- not to FB but to do this blog. Pictures to follow.
Having a green thumb is as easy as painting your thumb green. Yes, it’s true.
Now, why paint your thumb green?
Now, why have a green thumb?
Now, why plant?
Now, why plant trees and other plants?
Plants breathe in what the members of the Kingdom Animalia breathe out and the members of the Kingdom Plantae breathe out what the animals including us (yes, you are an animal) breathe in. Simply stated, plants breathe in carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen. We owe the plants for every breath we take. We must pay them for every sigh we make. Other wise, Mr. Global Warming will take his toll on us. And that is without any terms… without any condition.
Secondarily, plants give us food. We can directly eat them. If we wish, we can exchange them for money to buy meat and satisfy our cannibalistic nature or acquire earthly materials to gratify our ethereal soul. In short, plants give us means of living. Innovative uses of plants have recently broken through newspapers. That is another story.
Now, how can we have a green thumb?
People with green thumb are not born, they are trained. The instinct to love plants are already inherited but the traits and the skills are something we must learn.
The first thing we must be familiar with are the elements of earth, air, water and fire.
Earth. The soil. Different kinds of plant require different types of soil. Some strives in sand while some dwells in loam. Some prefers a combination. The amount of soil is also crucial. A farm necessitates a vast tract of land while indoors settle for a pot. Trees, of course need a lot, unless you really want a bonsai otherwise. For those who propagate plants for ornaments, you will be amazed how the color of the leaves change as the acidity of the soil changes.
Air. Aerial plants obviously love air while some whither and die if frequently visited by gusty wind. Some just need enough to breathe. If you are doing aeroponic gardening, that is another story.
Water. Certain types of plant need certain amount of water. Xerophytes like cacti can live with less while hydrophytes like water lily, quiapo and lotus love water. Mesophytes are neither xerophytes nor hydrophytes while phreatophytes have adapted that they grow large and long roots to sip water from the phreatic zone of the earth. Nowadays, phreatophytes are grown to purify contaminated underground water. That is another story. If you are doing hydroponic gardening, that is another story.
Fire. The sun. The temperature. The sunflower loves the sun while others hate it. If the plants wither and die under the sun, ceteris paribus, it is high time to put them into shade. It is a matter of trial and error.
Next. How do we plant?
There are two means of plant reproduction, the sexual and the asexual.
The sexual method takes into account the male and the female reproductive structures of the plant. A unisexual or imperfect flower is either functionally male or functionally female. Male flowers possess only androecium (stamens) structure while female ones have only gynoecium (carpels, ovary) parts. Bisexual or perfect flowers have both. Hermaphrodites have both from the beginning while others undergo sex-switching upon passage of time. The fertilization process in the ovary gives way to the production of seeds which in turn and in time are used for propagation.
Asexual propagation does not take seeds as requisite. Common methods are cutting, layering or marcotting, grafting, using stolons or runners and division using storage organs.
Cutting or striking is simply taking stems out of the parent plant and replanting it in another medium. Some tops are more appropriate to use while in some instances matured stems are preferred.
Layering or marcotting. In ground layering, flexible stems are pinned down to earth to give way to new roots and to eventually cut the stem off the parent plant. In air layering, matured stems are peeled and cast with light lump of medium. Roots will soon grow and the new plant will be replanted in new medium.
Grafting is often used in fruit-bearing trees like mangoes. In grafting, a matured scion with the desired trait is inserted or grafted into the often young stock. Grafting, per se is not a way of reproduction. It is used to improve the strain of the plant.
Strawberries are propagated using stolons or runners. Stolons are similar to normal stems except they produce adventitious roots at the nodes that run horizontally rather than vertically.
The head of the garlic or onion is composed of multiple bulbs. Bulbs are the storage organs of this kind of plant. Dividing or splitting them helps in fast reproduction. In case of ginger, rhizomes are used.
Post planting techniques. Once you see developing roots and once the plant takes hold of the earth, all we need to do is to monitor the elements- the soil, the air, the water and the sun. This time, another element enters the niche- the heart.
We must treat the plants in the same way we treat any other God-given creature. We must love Rose as much as we love Kitty. We must take care of Acacia as diligent as we pet Doggy. We must speak with Daisy as tender as we treat Baby. We can talk to our plants and recent research (Discovery Channel : Sex, Drugs, Plants) shows that they talk back to us. That is another story.