How to Change the Color of Hydrangeas?

Have you ever walked around a garden and got fascinated with various colors of flowers blooming? If yes, well, you are not alone. Whenever I see beautiful and colorful flowers, I can’t help but wonder how these pretty creations came to life. I often in awe of how nature lights up my mood. I oftentimes just stare at a beautiful flower and feel grateful that I am able to witness these beauties. Just like you, I always love flowers. The scent of fresh flowers is undeniably stress-relieving. One of my favorite flowers is the magical Hydrangeas. I say magical because these flowers could change colors from Blue to Pink and lighter and darker colors of the same hue. I am pretty sure you asked yourself how and where these beautiful flowers got their vibrant colors.

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Well, wonder no more! We will give you tips on how to achieve these colors in your own garden, right at your own yard. All you need is a little chemistry knowledge.

Chemistry?! Oh, don’t worry, we will not be talking about the periodic table of elements here. By Chemistry I meant, I need to understand the pH level.

Why pH Level? It’s because the amount of acid and alkaline in the soil plays a very important role in colors of our beautiful hydrangeas.

pH value is numbered from 1 to 14, with 7 as the middle (neutral) point. Values below 7 indicate acidity which increases as the number decreases.

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Now that you understood what pH level means, let us identify the things that you will need to do your own color-changing procedures.

It is said that it’s easier to change pink hydrangeas into blue than the other way around. If you have pink plants, then you are lucky enough! But hey, those who have blue, worry not! We get it all covered for you too. All procedures we will be outlining here are tested, proven and oh-so-easy to follow! So, what are we waiting for? Let’s begin.

You will need the following:

Pink to Blue:

  • Aluminum Sulfate ( or alum powder) – you may get this from pharmacy or from any garden center
  • A gallon of water
  • Bucket

Alternate materials:

  • Tin cans
  • 60 grit sandpapers
  • Peat Moss
  • Ammonia – rich fertilizers

Blue to Pink:

  • Garden Lime or Calcium Carbonate
  • A gallon of water
  • Bucket

Our alternative materials are cheaper and could usually be seen around the corner of your farms or gardens. We usually use Alum powder but if you opt to be more organic and natural, you may use Peat Moss and of course, Tin cans for you out there who want to recycle materials. Please take note that using these alternate materials takes longer to effect than using Aluminum Sulfate.

Now that you have all the materials needed, I know you are excited to do this little magical project, so let’s get going.

  1. From Pink to Blue: You got pink flowers because your soil is rich in alkaline. In order to change the color to blue, you need to increase acid content in soil by adding aluminum in it. Here’s how:
  2. Put a gallon of water in a bucket
  3. Mix 1 table spoons of aluminum sulfate in your water
  4. Stir until alum powder gets dissolved
  5. Drench this water solutions around the roots of your plant
  6. Do this once a year. Year by year, your pink hydrangeas will turn bluer and bluer

Using the alternative material Tin Can:

  1. Get a tin can
  2. Rub it with 60 grit sand paper until there will be lots of scratches
  3. Sand the end and inside of the tin can
  4. Cut the tin into small strips
  5. From strips, cut into small squares
  6. Push the small square tin tips into the soil around Hydrangea
  7. When the strips of tin can rust, they will make the soil more acidic
  8. Add peat moss and fertilizers with ammonia for best result.

 

  1. From Blue to Pink: You have blue flower because your soil is acidic. Hence, the need to remove or block aluminum content of the soil. This time, lime will be your best friend in order to raise the pH level in soil:

 

  1. Get about 1 cup of garden lime
  2. Mix it in a gallon of water in a bucket
  3. Make sure lime is dissolved in water
  4. Sprinkle garden lime solutions around your plant’s base
  5. Do this once a year and your blue flowers will be more pink year over year

 

  1. From White to Blue or Pink – Oh, my dear, unfortunately, white hydrangeas will not be changed into either pink or blue.  White is unaffected by any pH level in a soil. But white is beautiful as it is, right?

There you have it, flower lovers! Easy, right? I personally enjoyed doing this procedure in my hydrangea plants every other year. By doing this, it makes me look forward to another colorful year. I feel the power is in my hands. Yes, this maybe so magical to see, but hey, you have the magic in your hands. You can do this right at your door step. The materials come so handy that there’s no need for you to even look far beyond your garden set.

Please note though, that all these changes do not happen overnight. It usually takes months upto a year in order for your colored hydrangeas to come full bloom with their new colors. The darkness or intensity of the colors will depend on the level of acid or alkaline present in your soil. It is always advisable to test you soil’s pH level.

Given all these tips, what are you waiting for? Head to your gardens now and do these DIY tips. If you even want your fellow gardener to know about it, feel free to share this article.

Have a colorful and a happy gardening time!

One Question That Got Me Curious

Have you ever been asked of a question that got you thinking so hard? One guy in an Online  Job Search was looking for a blog writer for his blog site about gardening. I decided to apply and send my sample articles, but I had a change of mind.  One of the reasons is that, it was for a ghost writer post which means they will hold the rights to my article and I could not post this on my own site. I’d rather post this here and share with you all!! It’s for sure don’t pay me any thing but It’s MINE!

Anyways, I’m more interested in sharing  the question or topic that the guy wanted me to write about.

The Question was about How to Change the Color of Hydrangeas.

Interesting, right?  That question reminded me of my mother’s garden. She has Blue Hydrangea which we locally call “million flower”. I always thought it was like other flowers that it has variety of colors, boi, I was wrong.

So this question got me curious and my inquisitive self started digging in.  I’m surprised how my favorite subject has something to do with this color- changing procedure. Yes, It involves chemistry.

Curious too? Read on … click HERE..

 

Photo Source:  http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/garden/496573/How-to-grow-hydrangeas

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Pink and Blue Hydrangeas

Travelling Plan : Kuala Lumpur (5 days)

It’s a bit late but I am here to fulfill my promise to post the actual Itinerary I made for our 5-day Malaysian Trip.
I hope it helps!!
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Created by : Shiela Smc

Date : 16 Oct 2016 to 20 Oct 2016

Cities : Kuala lumpur

Day 1 :
Start Time of Journey : 10:00 am

16 Oct 2016
10:00 am

Aquaria klcc

Address : Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Complex, Jalang Pinang, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Open Time : 10:30 am I Close Time : 8:00 pm
  • Time required to see : 02 hrs 00 min
  • Eatouts : Starbucks Cafe NZ
  • Ticket Price : 64 MYR
  • ( Contact No. : +60-323331888 )

16 Oct 2016
1:38 pm

Klcc park

Address : JalanAmpang, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Time required to see : 02 hrs 00 min
  • Eatouts : Cafeteria Food stalls

16 Oct 2016
3:56 pm

Bukit bintang

Address : Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur
  • Time required to see : 04 hrs 00 min

16 Oct 2016
7:05 pm

Berjaya times square theme park

Address : Berjaya Times Square, 1, JalanImbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Open Time : 12:00 pm I Close Time : 10:00 pm
  • Time required to see : 03 hrs 00 min
  • Eatouts : McDonald’s De Asia Cafe
  • Ticket Price : 38 MYR
  • ( Contact No. : +60-321173118 )

16 Oct 2016
9:30 pm

Arenaa star hotel

  • Open Time : 12:00 am I Close Time : 12:00 am
  • Time required to see : 01 hrs 00 min

Day 2 :
Start Time of Journey : 9:00 am

17 Oct 2016
9:00 am

Sultan abdul samad building

Address : Jalan Raja | Merdeka Square, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Time required to see : 00 hrs 15 min
  • Eatouts : Spring Garden restaurant
  • ( Contact No. : +60-322678088 )

17 Oct 2016
10:21 am

Masjid jamek

Address : JalanMahkamah Persekutuan, City Centre, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Open Time : 9:00 am I Close Time : 4:00 pm
  • Time required to see : 01 hrs 00 min
  • Eatouts : Citin Hotel Bhakti Woodland – best cafe for vegetarian food McDonalds
  • ( Contact No. : +60-326933708 )

17 Oct 2016
11:27 am

Kuala lumpur city gallery

Address : No. 27Jalan Raja, DataranMerdeka,, 50050 DataranMerdeka, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Open Time : 9:00 am I Close Time : 6:30 pm
  • Time required to see : 01 hrs 30 min
  • Eatouts : Cafeteria Precious Old China Gingers Restaurant
  • Ticket Price : 5 MYR
  • ( Contact No. : +60-326983333 )

17 Oct 2016
12:59 pm

National textile museum

Address : 50050, 26, Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Open Time : 9:00 am I Close Time : 6:00 pm
  • Time required to see : 01 hrs 00 min
  • ( Contact No. : +603-26943457 )

17 Oct 2016
2:04 pm

Central market

Address : Jalan Hang Kasturi, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
  • Open Time : 10:00 am I Close Time : 10:00 pm
  • Time required to see : 00 hrs 30 min
  • Eatouts : Restoran Zing Kong Rasa Kelantan
  • ( Contact No. : +60-322746542 )

17 Oct 2016
3:10 pm

Sri mahamariamman temple

Address : JalanTun H S Lee, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Open Time : 6:00 am I Close Time : 9:00 pm
  • Time required to see : 00 hrs 30 min
  • Eatouts : Old China Cafe Happy Meal
  • ( Contact No. : +60-320783467 )

17 Oct 2016
4:12 pm

Guanyin temple

Address : Kuan Yin Temple, JalanMaharajalela, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Open Time : 7:00 am I Close Time : 5:00 pm
  • Time required to see : 00 hrs 30 min

17 Oct 2016
5:19 pm

China town

Address : Jalan Petaling, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Open Time : 10:00 am I Close Time : 10:00 pm
  • Time required to see : 01 hrs 00 min
  • Eatouts : Old China Cafe Restaurant Kim LianKee

17 Oct 2016
7:28 pm

Betel leaf

Address : 77a, Leboh Ampang, Kuala Lumpur
  • Open Time : 12:00 am I Close Time : 12:00 am
  • Time required to see : 01 hrs 00 min
  • Cuisines : Indian
  • Near By Attractions : China Town, Menara Kl Tower, Aquaria Klcc, Islamic Arts Museum, Petronas Twin Towers

17 Oct 2016
8:13 pm

Arenaa star hotel

  • Open Time : 12:00 am I Close Time : 12:00 am
  • Time required to see : 01 hrs 00 min
  • Cuisines : Indian
  • Near By Attractions : China Town, Menara Kl Tower, Aquaria Klcc, Islamic Arts Museum, Petronas Twin Towers

Day 3 :
Start Time of Journey : 9:00 am

18 Oct 2016
9:00 am

Batu caves

Address : BatuCaves, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Open Time : 6:00 am I Close Time : 9:00 pm
  • Time required to see : 02 hrs 00 min
  • Eatouts : Batu Caves Restaurant Gombak star Hotel
  • Ticket Price : 3 MYR
  • ( Contact No. : +60-322879422 )

18 Oct 2016
1:17 pm

Menara kl tower

Address : Jalan Punchak, Off Jalan P. Ramlee, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Open Time : 9:00 am I Close Time : 10:00 pm
  • Time required to see : 01 hrs 00 min
  • Eatouts : Chinese Restaurant
  • Ticket Price : 47 MYR
  • ( Contact No. : +60-3320205444 )

18 Oct 2016
2:44 pm

Petronas twin towers

Address : Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Open Time : 9:00 am I Close Time : 9:00 pm
  • Time required to see : 01 hrs 30 min
  • Eatouts : Starbucks cafe NZ Shakey’s Pizza
  • Ticket Price : 85 MYR
  • ( Contact No. : +60-323318080 )

18 Oct 2016
4:31 pm

Klcc park

Address : JalanAmpang, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Time required to see : 02 hrs 00 min
  • Eatouts : Cafeteria Food stalls

18 Oct 2016
7:05 pm

Suria klcc mall

Address : 241, Jalan P Ramlee, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Open Time : 10:00 am I Close Time : 10:00 pm
  • Time required to see : 03 hrs 00 min
  • Eatouts : Inside the Mall Hard Rock cafe Chinese restaurants
  • ( Contact No. : +60-323822828 )

18 Oct 2016
8:13 pm

Arenaa star hotel

  • Open Time : 12:00 am I Close Time : 12:00 am
  • Time required to see : 01 hrs 00 min

Day 4 :
Start Time of Journey : 9:00 am

19 Oct 2016
9:00 am

Perdana botanical gardens

Address : JalanKebunBunga, TasikPerdana, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Open Time : 7:00 am I Close Time : 8:00 pm
  • Time required to see : 02 hrs 00 min
  • Eatouts : The Perdana Botanical Gardens Cafe- inside the garden has fresh and quick refreshments. Hilton Kuala Lumpur

19 Oct 2016
11:12 am

The bird park

Address : KL Bird Park, 920, JalanCenderawasih, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Open Time : 9:00 am I Close Time : 6:00 pm
  • Time required to see : 02 hrs 00 min
  • Eatouts : Hornbill Restaurant & Cafe – The best refreshments served Sandwich Bar
  • Ticket Price : 50 MYR
  • ( Contact No. : +60-322721010 )

19 Oct 2016
1:21 pm

Kuala lumpur butterfly park

Address : Butterfly Park Kuala Lumpur JalanCenderawasih Kuala Lumpur
  • Open Time : 9:00 am I Close Time : 6:00 pm
  • Time required to see : 01 hrs 00 min
  • Eatouts : Hornbill restaurant Hard rock cafe
  • Ticket Price : 20 MYR
  • ( Contact No. : +60-326934799 )

19 Oct 2016
3:33 pm

National mosque

Address : JalanPerdana, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Open Time : 6:30 am I Close Time : 7:00 pm
  • Time required to see : 00 hrs 30 min
  • Eatouts : The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Woo Lan
  • ( Contact No. : +60-326937905 )

19 Oct 2016
4:05 pm

Arenaa star hotel

  • Open Time : 12:00 am I Close Time : 12:00 am
  • Time required to see : 01 hrs 00 min

Day 5 :
20 Oct 2016

Start Time of Journey : 9:00 am

( at this point we just did some  last min shopping at Central Market, visited the church, ate at Mabuhay Fil Restaurant and  headed to the airport- all of these are near the hotel )

20 Oct 2016

9:00 am

Arenaa star hotel

  • Open Time : 12:00 am I Close Time : 12:00 am
  • Time required to see : 01 hrs 00 min

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This is the Itinerary I created at TripHobo Site. If you read my previous blog, I spoke about this website/ app that has been helping me create a really efficient travel plan. It was cool because I just copied and pasted the printable version of the itinerary here.

Please note that we sometimes exceed in times and other places we switched but we were able to follow almost all of these.

I really wanted to show you what the actual IT looks like, but this blog will not do justice, please visit this site instead and let it speak for itself:  Click Here

Disclaimer: I was not paid by Triphobo for this blog, this is me sharing my own experience.

 

 

 

 

 

2016: A Year that Was!

 

 

 

2016 was indeed a great year! I have lots of reasons to celebrate and to be thankful for.  Friends, Work, Family and Love , I think I nailed them all this year! Yeah!

As I sat in front of my laptop tapping keyboards while contemplating on what to write as a year – ender piece. So many things wander around my head. Argghhhhh.. I’m beyond thankful for all the blessings that came my way this year. I know the best is yet to come. 2017, I am so ready, but in the meantime, allow me to give you a glimpse of what my 2016 was through these snaps:

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Promotion at Work – March 2016

I'm a first - time aunt - July 2-16

I’m a first – time aunt – July 2016

5th anniversary at work - August 2016

5th anniversary at work – August 2016

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Camaya Coast Bataan – November 2016

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Stilts Batangas – July 2016

New baby in College Barkada - Sept 2016

New baby in College Barkada – Sept 2016

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Circle of Excellence Awardee- December 2016

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Malaysia with MOO – Oct 2016

Malaysia with MOO

Malaysia with MOO – Oct 2016

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Kidzania with ‘lilman Liam

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Kidzania with ‘lilman Liam and the best bru

Monasterio De tarlac  - July 2016

Monasterio De tarlac – July 2016

Alot of things happened in between, sooo many stories to tell, so many challenges I conquered,  a number of times i failed and rose up strong; I failed, I prayed hard,  I succeeded . I lose some, I won some. I fall, I rose, I laughed, I cried.  Some stories I opt to keep privately!  All I could say, is i survived 2016 with a happy heart.

See you next year!

Malaysia Itinerary

How I Managed a Well- organized Trip?

I met a new travel buddy and I plan to keep it my travel companion forever.

I just got back from my 5 nights/6 days Malaysian trip and I must say, I have achieved a seamless and my most organized trip so far. I was able to make plans along with duration, distance, mode of transportation and suggested locations because Triphobo made these all so easy.

I first stumbled upon this trip organizer online when I was checking for suggested itinerary for Malaysia and my upcoming trip to Hong Kong. In my quest for a detailed itinerary sample, Google brought me to TripHobo (https://www.triphobo.com/) .

So what sets this apart from other trip planners I found? Let me give you top off my list:

  • Travelers could opt to make their trips public so other travelers could check it out
  • This app could be downloaded in your mobile ( yup, I have it in my Android now)
  • Free trip plans are available
  • It gives you suggestions on where to go and how long are you ideally spending in one location
  • It gives you the liberty to move around your plan depending on your pace and your desired location for the day
  • It gives information about the attraction that you want to go to
  • It gives suggestions on the nearby location of your destinations
  • Map and printable version of a plan is available

I could go on telling what I like about this application, but I want you to discover more of this by experience. Please go ahead and check the link or better yet download it on your mobile.

To give you a snapchat, here’s  the link to the itinerary I made via Trip Hobo for 6 days in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. https://www.triphobo.com/tripplans/kuala-lumpur/itinerary-from-kuala-lumpur-57c9e4c94e8231214400097a

I’m now planning my next out of the country trip and surely, Triphobo will guide me all throughout.

Oppss, don’t get me wrong. This is not only for abroad. I also see trip plans within my own country. Look at yours too.

Disclaimer: I am not paid by Trip hobo for this blog. I just felt the need to write this because I want to share how this app helped me a lot in my recent travel.

 

 

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