Container Gardening: Those Plants At The Patio

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The weather is getting warmer, and the plants at our patio just loves it. They are all starting to "wake up" from the cold weather of winter.

And so when I went to the patio, I thought I should take some photos of our container plants.

Hyacinth bean.
Hyacinth bean. | Source

The hyacinth bean from last year was now doing well. It already has 3 or 4 beans. Last year it bore more than we can handle and it occupied the whole trellis. It wasn't the Summer season yet but already starting with some flowers, so hopefully we can still have lots of the beans to enjoy this year.





This white snapdragon I had planted last year from seeds was the only snapdragon I have. About more than 4 had sprouted but had been eaten or damaged by bugs. I didn't even expected this one plant to survived as it wasn't been very healthy last year, and there was Winter season. But with this photo, the number of stems it has was surprising. I just went to the patio one day and noticed it had branched out! So I guessed it had imitated its neighboring plants, the royal carpet and the parsely.

And the flowers lasts for about a week or so, giving me more time to enjoy looking at them. And so this year I had planted more, hoping I could get other colors like red, yellow and purple.

Look at all those branches and flowers just from one plant!
Look at all those branches and flowers just from one plant! | Source
And so I thought I should do some experiment, a hanging snapdragon.
And so I thought I should do some experiment, a hanging snapdragon. | Source
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The bougainvillea that has been here since we got the house was doing well. It flowers every year and just did some trimming to it before Spring. And now, I intend to keep an eye on it so it can stay in a nice shape.

Bitter melons on container.
Bitter melons on container. | Source

These bitter melons are starting to look for something to grab on. They would always be present on our patio every year. Both leaves and fruits are eaten and they are one of remedies when I am feeling sick or is about to have coughs specially in the winter.

They just love the sun and I know by Summer their trellis would be so occupied. We also used to freeze the fruits whenever the bitter melons bear more than we can eat, we can then later have some for Winter.

This also had helped me keeping not only cough but also my asthma at bay by steaming the few leaves and drinking the extract. There are times I used the microwave too, it takes less time.



Last year's photo of bitter melons hanging on the trellis.
Last year's photo of bitter melons hanging on the trellis. | Source

This fuschia I got for the hummingbirds had bloomed twice already. This was the second, while the first bloom was the month of March (if I remember it right.)

The fuschia I got for the hummingbirds.
The fuschia I got for the hummingbirds. | Source
Salvia.
Salvia. | Source

This salvia I set close on the sliding door was attractive for the hummers, or maybe just for one hummer as we have this hummingbird which is always curious about the plants in the patio. The bird would hover around plants and flowers, and I had caught it visiting the salvia and fuschia many times while I was sitting in the kitchen.

If only I know when it will visit the flowers then I could get ready with a camera in hand to snap a photo.





These are fenugreeks. We hadn't planted fenugreek before so this would be the first ones we have. And what surprised us was that this fenugreek still sprouted even though they had been soaked in hot water for days. I've been ordering the fenugreek seeds on Ebay for almost a year now for tea. We would soak the seeds in hot water and drink the tea until the extract were all gone. Then throw the seeds away.

Later on I learned my mom tried to set the seeds on one of the vacant pots because she said she had read on the packet to "return the seeds into the Earth." And to our surprised the seeds sprouted, and these are those.

If you look closely, the fenugreek already has some young fruits/pods.
If you look closely, the fenugreek already has some young fruits/pods. | Source

And this chayote are just taking over the whole trellis and they need more. They hadn't started flowering yet and we are all waiting to see some buds.

My mom was also tempted to pick some of the shoots as the shoots or young leaves are also eaten. They can be seldom seen sold on Asian stores.

View of the patio from the inside, with the chayote almost at the end of its trellis. The loquat tree can also be seen on the right side.
View of the patio from the inside, with the chayote almost at the end of its trellis. The loquat tree can also be seen on the right side. | Source
Chayote and dama de noche. A young papaya tree is also planted and was growing on the ground to the left side of the dama de noche.
Chayote and dama de noche. A young papaya tree is also planted and was growing on the ground to the left side of the dama de noche. | Source

Another photo of the chayote on its trellis. The trellis were made of bamboo. I can hardly remember where we got this but that would be from Home Depot if I wasn't mistaken, and that was a couple of years ago. Look at that! This trellis has been there for about 3 years now or so.

The dama de noche is also doing so well this year. There's also some buds showing up. I love the smell of this flowers.

And for those who wanted to get it bamboos to make this trellis, you can try visiting the 99 Cents Only store in your area as they might have some way more cheaper. I just learned early Summer this year that our 99 Cents store has this bundles of bamboos for 99 cents each.

The twin chayote. This was one of the first fruits of our chayote this year. And most of them are twins. Both the fruits and the tops are consumed in Filipino dishes.
The twin chayote. This was one of the first fruits of our chayote this year. And most of them are twins. Both the fruits and the tops are consumed in Filipino dishes. | Source
Just a close up look on the bamboo trellis. And see something there? Yes, that's another chayote fruit. Look closer. You'll find it.
Just a close up look on the bamboo trellis. And see something there? Yes, that's another chayote fruit. Look closer. You'll find it. | Source
Can you spot the hummingbird? It is such a fun watching him, he would either perch on the chayote tops, or on the plant support ring watching the two feeders. Now he can't guard the one I separately hanged on the front for other hummers.
Can you spot the hummingbird? It is such a fun watching him, he would either perch on the chayote tops, or on the plant support ring watching the two feeders. Now he can't guard the one I separately hanged on the front for other hummers. | Source
A usual sight everyday, a hummingbird perched on the plant support, facing the kitchen. It was the clothes line that was his favorite spot the first year I started hanging feeders.
A usual sight everyday, a hummingbird perched on the plant support, facing the kitchen. It was the clothes line that was his favorite spot the first year I started hanging feeders. | Source
Flower buds of the dama de noche.
Flower buds of the dama de noche. | Source

And for the dama de noche. Look at these developing buds! Soon this buds would turn into flowers that would perfume the air at night.

These dama de noche had bloomed last year, and the white flowers sure smells heavenly. I used to sniff them early at night when we are still outside sitting on the patio.

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These chilli plants has been here for about 2 years now, or maybe more than that. I had just trimmed them before Spring and they look much better this year. My parents used the chilli, I don't like hot or spicy foods which makes me glad that the leaves aren't hot as I love the chilli leaves with the tinola, a Philippine favorite dish.

Potato (left) and kalunay (right) with the bitter melon probably saying, "hey, I'm here too!".
Potato (left) and kalunay (right) with the bitter melon probably saying, "hey, I'm here too!". | Source

These plant called kalunay has been sprouting every Spring in our patio. The sprouts would be deep red in color and are nutritious and one of my favorite. Even the young roots can be eaten too and would go along with sardines or Philippine dish as such sinigang, tinola, or the mixed vegetables known as denengdeng.

And with alternative remedies, kalunay is used on kidney problems and provides vitamins, fibers, minerals and carbohydrates.

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Marcy Goodfleisch profile image

Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

I so need to try this! I'd love to have a peaceful little garden outside my door! Thanks for the great information here.


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ASchwartz 4 years ago from Kentucky

You have quite a green thumb. Those are some beautiful photos.


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precy anza 4 years ago from San Diego Author

@ Marcy: Glad you found some ideas with it ^-^' And I would enjoy looking at your garden photos too. :) Thanks for dropping by.

@ ASchwartz: Thanks. And just looking at those green plants makes our little space livelier :)


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aviannovice 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Great gardening. looks nice on your patio.


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precy anza 4 years ago from San Diego Author

@ Aviannovice: Thank you. It was crowded now ^-^' Those chayote are growing too fast, looking for more things, anything to hold on ^.^'


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CyberShelley 3 years ago

A beautiful hub on your plantings, the white snapdragon and stunning fuschia are so special. Up, interesting, useful and beautiful


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precy anza 3 years ago from San Diego Author

Thanks CyberShelley! :)

I'd be planting some snapdragons again next year, I want to have a rainbow of colors, they are pretty :)

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