I had previously made a post about the work that I've done for the area that I'm talking about, and you may find it here: Working on Labor Day. Here you can actually compare the improvements I made (if you can consider them as one... hehehe). I had collected some of the plants in my list now (some were even rare as others say), but still looking for a cheap place to buy for those I still wanted to have.
Having and collecting plants as a hobby was a good stress reliever for me. From the process of propagating them... planting, cultivating, watering... it was quite fulfilling watching them grow each day. It was really a good test on how green my thumb is, and well, basing on the ratio of those I planted and survived, I may say, my thumbs pretty green... hahaha. It's really different when you're the one who grow the plant from seed or a stem from its mother plant, it's something you actually call your own.
My wife also loves plants, in fact, she was the one who convinced me before to buy plants or plant one for her. Why am I the one planting? Aside from the reason that she's the boss... hehehe... planting really was not her thing. She told me that even by simply touching the plant, its probability to live is lessen, much more if she's the one who planted it. Know what, I believed her. Now, if it's to trick me to the work, well it definitely worked, but doesn't really matter, I love her and I love doing it for her.
In the olden days, even some Filipinos until now, are discriminatively associating ornamental plants to women. And that's a thing of the past, we are fighting for equality here for both sexes (hahaha). Kidding aside, my friend (who shared the same hobby) and I observed in places where the plants were sold, almost all buyers were men. And though having different reason and purpose, it emerged that it's actually a good source of extra income... aha, so there it is... LOL.
For me, it's a hobby and fun to do. My wife and I loved how our garden look now... But hey, I'm open to opportunities... hahaha. Yahweh bless, everyone.