YES, YOU CAN grow beautiful roses!

I have been asked often enough if they can grow beautiful roses. If you follow these simple guidelines, you will. Back in 1971, I was a novice gardener but fell in love with roses and the rest is history.

Rose Gardening World

So you want to grow beautiful roses but can you do it? The resounding answer is

YES, YOU CAN grow beautiful roses!  

If you follow the following Basic Rose Culture, you’ll be on your way to have beautiful roses in your garden:

  • Buy only strong healthy plants. Buy your roses from reliable sources.
  • Rose needs a minimum of 4 hours of sunlight, lots of drainage and away from tree roots.
  • Before you start planting, do a soil test. The ideal pH for roses is 6.0 – 6.5.
  • Dig a hole at least 18” deep and 18” in diameter. Mix soil 1/3 organic matter (peat moss) with 2/3 soil from the hole. Put a handful of Epsom salt, a banana peel and a handful of superphospate in the hole.
  • Space rose bushes at least 3 ft apart for good air circulation for hybrid teas and floribundas. English roses and other…

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Plant and Animal Beginnings in the Philippines


Wallace Line google

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What is Wallace’s Line?

The Wallace Line runs up the Lombok Strait between Indonesian Islands Bali and Lombok. It continues north through the Makassar Strait that separates Borneo(Kalimantan) and Celebes (Sulawesi), turns east into the Pacific and then back north again to encompass the Philippines.

The so-called Wallace’s line refers to a biogeographic boundary that separates Asian animals from Australian ones. It defines most Philippine plants and animals. The boundary was named after the 19th-century English naturalist, explorer and writer Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913) who first noted the zoological and geographical differences between the Asian and Australian continents.

During his journeys through the Malay Archipelago, he noticed a sudden change in fauna after crossing a 35 km. (20 mi) strait between the Indonesian islands of Bali and Lombok. He noticed a region where the species present did not resemble one another despite the islands…

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Cheesecake Anyone?


For nothing better to do today, I decided to try my hand on baking a cheesecake. I saw this recipe months ago and clipped it.


7 oz. pkg. cannoli shells

3 tbsp unsalted butter melted

2 tbsp sugar

4 cups whole milk ricotta cheese

1 ½ cups sugar

¼ c flour

½ whipping cream

2 tsp pure vanilla extract

1 tsp orange zest

5 large eggs

1/3 mini chocolate chips

Confectioner sugar for sprinkling

A handful of chocolate chips for sprinkling


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9 inch springform pan with parchment.
  2. Crush cannoli shells (food processor works best), add butter and 2 tablespoons sugar and continue to pulse until med-fine crumbs
  3. Press crumbs firmly onto bottom of pan. Bake 10 minutes. Let cool.
  4. Beat ricotta cheese, remaining sugar and flour in bowl of electric mixer on medium until well blended. Add whipping cream, vanilla, zest and chocolate chips. Mix well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing just until blended after each addition. Pour over crust.
  5. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, then sprinkle top with a handful of chocolate chips delicately, pressing chips in lightly. Continue to bake 10 more minutes or until center is almost set. Run knife around rim of pan to loosen cake.
  6. Cool before removing rim of pan. Refrigerate for 4 hours or more. Before serving sprinkle with confectioner sugar.
  7. Top with whipped cream if desired. Store leftovers in refrigerator. Serves. 10.

Please note:

I don’t usually follow any given recipe. Somehow I always tweak it to suit what I have on hand in the kitchen. Same thing happened here when I baked this Cannoli Chocolate Cheesecake.

I didn’t have all the ingredients on hand so I improvised. Since I didn’t have cannoli shells, I used 16 ice cream sugar cones instead. I also used regular butter, not unsalted. For whipping cream, I used Cool Whip. For orange zest, I used the orange zest from the Orange malmalade. I added the last ingredient which was not in the original recipe.

I’m not a baker also so I don’t own all the baker’s gadgets so I also improvised. I don’t have a food processor so I crushed the ice cream cone inside a zip lock bag and mixed everything by hand using big wooden spoon.

They came out pretty good and quite delicious. Not bad for a first try.


Until next time. Stop and smell the roses.

Rosalinda Morgan

The Spaniards Discovered the Philippines – Part 2

The Philippine story continues . . .


Magellan's map

Magellan established friendly relations with the treacherous King of Cebu, Humabon, who professed Christianity in order to win the help of Magellan. The great navigator was induced to undertake an expedition to conquer the neighboring island of Mactan for the Catholic faith and the King of Cebu.

Lapu lapu by Lapu-lapu Statue. To the left is magellan’s shrine. Photo

At the muddy island called Mactan, their chieftain, Rajah Cilapulapu (Lapu-lapu) was not as friendly and accommodating. It’s unclear whether Magellan commanded Lapu-lapu to submit to Spanish sovereignty, or whether he became involved in a petty local dispute. Lapu-lapu was the first native leader to resist the attempt of the colonizing invaders to Christianize them. His people rebelled against the Rajah Humabon of Cebu and his foreign guests.

Battle of Mactan by Battle of Mactan – Photo Credit:

As Magellan waded ashore at Mactan with his 60 armor-clad Spanish men, he was met by Lapu-lapu and…

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Rose Gardening World

IMG_0727 Rosarium Uetersen, otherwise known as Seminole Wind, a climber

When the world much young, rose flower not same like now;

not gottum smell, no got stickums on stem.

One sun, rose flower say to Great Spirit,

“Great Spirit, me no happy.”

Great Spirit say, “Why you no happy, rose flower?”

Rose flower say, “When me look most best, dumb cow come and eat rose flower.

It work good short time.

Then rose flower grow, dumb cow reach over fence and eat rose flower.

Then Great Spirit give rose flower smell.

Him think smell keep dumb cow away.

Cow likum smell, come eat more rose flower.

Great Spirit get much mad.

Kickup dumb cow!

Great Spirit want think.

Great Spirit sit down – but no see cactus.

Him jump up like BANG!

Then Great Spirit say, “Bumd diputs woc!: That means, “I know how fixum dumb cow.”

Great Spirit go to…

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Long Island Past and Present

Rothmann Restaurant

Rothmann’s Restaurant is a famous landmark in the small town of East Norwich, NY located at the corner of Route 106 and Route 25A. It was originally established in 1907 by the Rothman family of Oyster Bay, NY.

However, its long history went back to 1851 when it was built by Andrew C. Hegeman and called East Norwich Hotel. The East Norwich post office was located there at one time, then it became the Town of Oyster Bay meeting place.

After the Civil War, the hotel was sold to Halstead Frost and Richard Downing who renamed it the Osceola Hotel. In 1887, they sold the hotel to Henry Acker who changed the name back to East Norwich Hotel. In 1891, it was sold to James Hurrell of Brooklyn and changed the name to Hurrell House. In 1897 Hurrell returned to Brooklyn and sold it to John Nurnberg and changed the…

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The Spaniards Discovered the Philippines – Part 1


The archipelago’s recorded history began half way around the world in a small, dusty town in southwestern Spain. The Treaty of Tordesillas was signed on June 7, 1494, dividing the yet-unexplored world between Spain and Portugal. To the east of meridian 370 leagues (unit of length) west of the Cape Verde islands in the Atlantic, every land would belong to Portugal and to the west the every land would belong to Spain.

The Portuguese set off to navigate Africa’s Cape of Good Hope in search of the riches of the Spice Islands, while the Spanish headed across the vast Pacific in search of new trade routes to the Orient and its spices and to convert the natives to Catholicism.

Magellan Photo Credit: Compton’s Encyclopedia

The captain of Spain’s search was a Portuguese who had taken up the flag of Castile and the Spanish name Hernando de Magallanes. To the English-speaking world…

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