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Plants (especially indoor plants) is a vital part of my job doing Interior Design. Personally, being brought up by my parents who are both plant lovers, I grew up just appreciating them and I never dived deeper into it. It is essential that I knew by heart some facts when doing recommendations to my clients. So I decided to gather information via this blog and will really appreciate if you share me those I wasn’t able to include in here.

I used to purchase plants according to what’s beautiful for me and taking care of them is as simple as watering them regularly, a little of fertilizers and sunlight. That’s it. So most of them I wasn’t able to maintain for long. For how many times I purchased Horse tails in particular and I wasn’t able to make them thrive, I just look at it to the last stem and would just buy another if chance permits. Little did I know, that they have different needs just like us humans.

I’m looking into designing pots too. =) This is my son in our humble garden.

There are those which requires high maintenance, and there are those which requires low lights, and just a little water or no water at all, . There are those which can thrive on water like the Aquatic plants.

Aquatic plants

At home, Aquatic plants exudes a more calming vibes, they say that it requires very little maintenance, what stops me is the thought of it harboring mosquitoes when I can inhibit them by growing Citronella which is a kind that repel insects though only for a limited time.

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PLANTS THAT CAN REPEL MOSQUITOES

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plants for allergies

There are plants that can relieve us from our typical allergies such as:

  • Areca palm which removes formaldehyde, xylene, carbon monoxide, and toluene
  • Peace lily which neutralizes benzene, formaldehyde, and carbon monoxide
  • Spider plant is known to remove formaldehyde as well
  • Dracaena plant can remove benzene from cigarette smoke and formaldehyde, xylene, trichloroethylene among other household chemical

plants causing allergies

Then, there are also plants which can cause allergies, some of which are:

  • Daisies – have a high pollen count
  • Sunflowers – if allergic to ragweed you might have reactions
  • Chrysanthemums – related to ragweed
  • Pine – Christmas trees can cause allergic symptoms. Although they won’t be flowering while they’re in your home, they may be carrying mold and dust.
  • African violets – their leaves collect dust so these are bad for dust mite allergy

Aster, Daisy, Chamomile (so ironic as this is one tea I like), and Sunflowers, Rag weeds, Bermuda, Russian thistle, Plantain, and Nettle are all known to contain pollen.

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There are also those you can hang, the best ones I’ve chosen so far and must agree with Housefur.com:

Spider plants, Wandering Jew, String of pearls, Kangaroo fern and Joy pothos

PLANTS THAT CAN HEAL

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A GUIDE TO IDENTIFY PLANTS BY THEIR LEAVES

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PLANTS WHICH CAN HARM YOUR PETS

Another concern to consider is if the plant you are growing is harmless to your pets. So if you have these furry cuties, please watch out for them.

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So currently, here are some of my babies or some of them are my parents’ babies and now that they’re gone, part of what I inherit is of course to take care of them too.

  • Dracaena
9 Best Dracaena Varieties for Indoors | Types of Dracaena Houseplants
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  • Rosal or White Gardenia
  • Poinsettia
Sorry if there are ashes, this is the last photo I have of them after the Ash fall.
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My contractor and I are discussing about plants and I learned that part of choosing is if you can maintain the cleanliness of your surroundings upon acquiring a specific plant. As an example, I am personally having a hard time cleaning up the garden once the leaves of our Santan falls off, they are so small and they’re a lot.

So this needs considerations, because we also need to maintain not just them being alive but our place being clean too.

  • Succulents

In botany, succulent plants, also known as succulents, are plants with parts that are thickened, fleshy, and engorged, usually to retain water in arid climates or soil conditions. The word succulent comes from the Latin word sucus, meaning ‘juice’, or ‘sap’. Source: Wikipedia

In the language of flowers (and we know they are all talking behind our backs) succulents symbolize enduring and timeless love. Succulents are plants that store water in their thick leaves and stems. Clarence Schmidt. In Feng shui, succulent plants symbolize money and gold, neither of which my plants produce. Source: https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/

So it is a wrong belief to blame our luck to these beautiful plants, as some says not to keep or grow them because the thorns signify hurts in our lives.

It is so endearing that the Native American cultures believe that the cactus represents warmth, protection and motherly love. Because cacti plants can survive in harsh conditions, they’ve become a symbol of unconditional, maternal love. A mother’s love is strong and enduring just like a cactus. Source: https://succulentcity.com/

In general, it is all about how we look at things, and a mindset to keep that there is beauty in all around us. I have to include this here because I really love succulents so much and even if I get splinters several time, it is not the plants’ fault but mine. =p

  • Philodendron
They call this Hope Philodendron =)
  • Welcome plants
  • Calamansi
  • My mom’s orchids that I somehow overlooked
  • giant blue myrtle
  • fortune plants
  • Prickly pear cactus
  • and others I really can’t identify

We used to have San Francisco plants, it is my father’s favorite. My father used to have Oliva plants, which my mama and I decorate so we have our leaves during Palm Sunday. He is considered a “green thumb” because he was even able to grow grapes in a tropical country like ours.

My mother on the other hand, is an orchid addict. Some of her driftwoods are still here. Since orchids are high maintenance, I dont think I can take care of them like mama does. And I’m doing a separate blog specifically dedicated to flowers, especially those I can keep indoors. =)

Now, I’m not sure If I already have enough indoor plants. My main goal is purifying the air where we breath and the joy it gives seeing them around. Though I have this feeling my son sees them as too much already.

So in our humble home, I have Aloe veras, Welcome plants, Fortune plants, Peace lily, Snake plants in 3 species, I’m trying my best for my horse tail to survive, getting these info from: https://www.thespruce.com/

In general, horsetail plants do not need particularly rich or fertile soil, so fertilizing often is not necessary. If desired, you can feed it with a slow-release plant food. So I’m really wondering why I cant grow my horse tails. =(

The Spruce can help you a lot not just about Gardening, but also about Home decors, Home repairs, some relevant new and Shopping.

The squad would already be complete once I acquire my Calathea, Oxalis, one or two that’s hanging, a Swiss cheese plant (A sponsor volunteered already) Yey! And a fiddle leaf fig tree which is quite pricey in our country. Did you know that my pots are ready for them except for this super cutie planter which I am also dreaming/ planning of acquiring. Looking to get the Llama. ❤

I am also considering to grow basil and cilantro soon. Being half-hearted about it, I hope the supplier I’ve found will still talk to me. =( I opted to blog about these and collate all the information I need, since I am still in that learning curve. I honestly know a little compared to so many of you who are really inspiring me to the moon and back. =)

Like how to properly take care of them in a timeline. =)

I consider them an investment as it requires you to allot a certain budget to acquire them while in the end it is all so worth it. Aside from a cleaner environment, the happiness it brings not just to our home but to us humans as well.

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I get my inspiration from Pinterest and Instagram. I’ve followed Accounts like:

Doc Yow owns a farm and showcases his amazing foliage, he’s got all the kinds with complete information and how tos, even the diseases where a specific plant is susceptible

You will be amazed on how they photograph their plants. They sell them too. =)

She is a certified plantita =). She not only showcases the plants but also the interior spaces where they are best to display too.

I love this page so much, providing me information about plants. i especially love their posts when there’s a delivery. They carefully pack the plants and anybody to receive it will surely be delighted. They have a collection of some of the prettiest leaves I’ve seen.

What’s great about this page is they feature a lot of plant lovers out there, their collection at home so you’ll be getting bright ideas from here when it comes to displaying and taking care of your plants.

Crazy plant people is the one who introduced me to Indoor plants decor. This page is literally being able to find your tribe in the same vibe!

If I am not mistaken, Craig is a TV host so the approach here is a little more professional. Check it out and get general knowledge in every specie, relevant tips and ideas. The leaves here are gorgeous! This will benefit Designers like me just so to become well-versed when it comes to recommending plants to clients.

That relaxing vibe youre craving for? It’s here. Plus, they have really awesome merchandise. =)

Disclaimer: I do not have a paid partnership with above mentioned accounts. I just had to enumerate them so my readers can check them out too. And my page isn’t enough for the many pages/ accounts in Instagram that are equally informative and truly inspiring and encouraging.

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I guess any plant lover can relate to this. =) Happy reading! ❤

To visit the National Museum of Natural Arts is a must

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” – Soren Kierkegaard 

I am that kind of soul who jerks when I hear the word “museum”, it meant beautiful things for me, it meant that I am allowed to take a peek of what was back in time, it meant travelling for me, it meant the feeling of a dancing soul.

If I have the opportunity to visit those I wanted and I can, I will. So when we get the chance to stay somewhere in Manila, our itinerary included the museums.

We visited the “National Museum of Natural Arts” one weekend. The six – leveled building recently opened officially to the public last May of 2018. It used to be the “Agriculture and Commerce building” before it became the seat of the “Department of Tourism”.

It boasts a Neo-classical facade including its’ over-all interiors, a type of architecture that focuses on simpler lines, huge columns and blank walls generating grandiose. A far cry of Rococo style which it preceded.

I found this artwork symbolizing classical facades of museums, and surprisingly it’s created by a kid.
Photo source: https://www.metmuseum.org/blogs
I just have this thing with doors. #thisthingwithdoors

The Designer of the building was a Filipino Architect: Antonio Toledo during the late 1930s. While the renovation was taken cared of Dominic Galicia Architects from the year 2015 to 2018.

It surprised us that upon arrival, there’s a long queue (people of all ages), and mostly are students. Another thing that was a surprise is that the entrance is free. I wondered where will they get the budget to maintain it, though it made me admire the government since this kind of perk enables more visitors to appreciate the museum and what it has to offer.

I noticed too that there are no leaflets or maps that were provided as a guide, so we were a bit lost as to where to go first. Like you can roam around the whole area as you please. There are usherettes stationed in some areas but not in all areas to guide you. We used the ramps to go the next level.

Ramps are with these pretty windows.

Enjoy the rich collection of the country’s flora and fauna, artifacts which some can only be found in the Philippines.
I specifically targeted the hundreds of butterfly species kept intact, there’s a room filled with different species of trees which we weren’t able to visit because it was almost 5pm when we reached that floor, different kinds of minerals were also showcased, there is also a replica of the world’s largest crocodile (in captivity) popularly known as “Lolong”. I think he is one of the major attractions of this museum.

All that is gold does not glitter. ~ J.R.R. Tolkien

It’ll also bring you to the depths of the sea. =)

I’m in front of the submarine’s hull, though it isn’t yellow. =p
Navigation area inside the submarine.
“Apat na sikat” (An old meme that means “The Famous Four” =)

There are too many corners that are “Instagrammable”. =)

Staircases – one of my most favorite subjects.

Personally, what initially lured me is the white canopy with geometric designs that connects to the tube-like elevator that I later learned they called the “Tree of life”.

Giving natural light beautifully.

Find time to visit, it is literally a learning and rewarding experience. It is open from 10:00am to 5:00pm from Tuesday to Sunday and closes during Mondays.

The National Museum of Natural Arts along with the National Museum of Fine Arts, the National Museum of Anthropology, and the National Planetarium which is known as the National Museum Complex located in Rizal Park, Roxas Blvd., Malate, Manila.

A special corner is dedicated to our National Hero: Dr. Jose Rizal.

Jen’s tenacious to see the rest, she’s wanting to see the Spoliarium by Juan Luna. It is somewhere in the National Museum of Fine Arts. While I, itching to have a photo on the collections of Juan Luna and Felix Hidalgo mounted on pink walls. =) Maybe one of these days. =)

PS: The restrooms are immaculate too. =)

Batanes…Beyond expectations

Batanes – Beyond Our Expectations

I am so fortunate to witnessed the unspoiled and undisturbed beauty of Batanes, if not for the Ivatan’s (True Insulares) uniformed goal to preserve mother nature, this will not be achieved. Thanks to my soul buddy, for this once in a lifetime experience. (–,) ♥♥♥

Batanes map
Photo grabbed from: http://attyreycdar.blogspot.com/2014/07/wonders-of-batanes.html

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It means “The goodness of God be with you.”

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My soul sissy brought this for me claiming it must be part of my wardrobe.

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We only spend a few days in Batanes though it is enough to leave me lifetime memories to cherish. It was raining most of the time on that first week of December. It is very cold, windy and wintery. We can’t go out without layers then.

I imagine Batanes during Summer yet since it is not when we visit, I see Batanes as fascinating during the Rainy Season. They control the number of visitors so we felt like having the island all on ourselves. It was a unique feeling, since more often than not traveling usually requires us to deal with other visitors too.

There is bliss when we arrived and all through out our stay.

 

Sonya’s Garden…

SONYA’S GARDEN…

“Just living is not enough… One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” ~Hans Christian Andersen~

It was always great to look back at times when you spend times with your parents. Especially to a bewitching place like Sonya’s Garden. It is one of Tagaytay’s pride if I may say. And I can not contain my excitement when I got there. The place transported me to a foreign place.

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This used to be the focal point of the place..

cabbage
Cabbage rose..

I was like a child taking photos from every corner. Of which the endless floating flowers are my favorites. There are lots of them.

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They say some of the flowers at Sonya’s are edible..

The place is scented, it was a natural sweet scent emanating from everywhere dancing along the soft blow of wind. I guess it’s coming from the flowers themselves and the leaves of every tree and plants surrounding the place.

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I have been seeing these tiles in most places in Tagaytay.

You would not believe, some of the petals are edible too.

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Sounds of rippling waters are so relaxing..

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Blue, indigo, violet.

It was just a day trip, but it’s worth it and I am certain this is not my last time to visit. I especially loved their food, some items from the “panaderia” which we brought home, and the soothing feeling I got from their spa. The sound of rippling water which comes from the glass panel windows during the massage session was definitely relaxing. It was also a surprise to see a bowl of flower when it was my turn to lie on my chest. Truly a breather.

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I actually wanna lie down here, though it has become a favorite spot for picture taking. There is already a queue waiting for their turns.

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Can’t wait for my turn. Swedish please. =)

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Puka shells and some wooden beads created a soft lovely sound as the wind passed by them.

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Under my bed..when the attendant asked me to turn, so she can massage my back, I was surprised by the view under..

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An old banca turned to bench..

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Glorious!

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Capiz for me felt so country..

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Before leaving, we bought some breads from the pastry shop..=)

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Have a sit! ❤

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I guess, this is goin’ to be just one of my memorable visits at Sonya’s Garden. Who knows, I might even spend a day or two here. Crossin’ my fingers..<3