Celosias were my first foray into flowering plants. I was a little skeptical at first. Can I really grow flowers under this scorching summer heat in Manila? I have always thought that beautiful flowers can only thrive in cold places. Nonetheless, I bought two packets of celosia seeds, one is a pink elongated cone variety and the other, a red-orange crested variety. Two months later, the flowers began to bloom. To my pleasant surprise, they have become a lovely addition to my little urban garden!
Pechay is one of those leafy vegetables that can easily grow in containers. It is a very popular vegetable in Chinese and Southeast Asian cuisine. In western countries, they are also known as “bok choy” or “pak choy”. The pechay leaves are smooth and dark green in color forming a cluster similar to mustard greens. In the Philippines, we usually add pechay leaves to beef or pork broth soups, or on their own, they are best sautéed with garlic. Read More