Showing posts with label flora. Show all posts
Showing posts with label flora. Show all posts

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Melendres in full bloom

The melendres in my parents' home is in full bloom. The flowers are bunched into what looks like pom-poms. My mother gave us melendres on a pot as a housewarming gift and we transferred it to a larger pot so it can grow bigger.

Melendres in full bloom with my parents' home where I grew up in the background.
Close-up of the flowers
Flowers just starting to bloom at our home. This came from the same tree at my parents' home.


Saturday, May 27, 2017

Mama's garden

I was featuring my mother's garden but have not shown it in perspective. Following is a photo of the 'larger' part of her humble garden, which basically goes around my parents' home. You can see the orchids here that are the main attractions. Most of the plants are relatively low maintenance and our kasambahay Ate Ellen helps her care for the plants. As the wet season has arrived, they won't really have to water the plants that much.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Orchids at Mama's Garden

I had written about my mother's fondness for plants, especially orchids. I recall that she was so delighted by the waling-waling I had brought from Davao from my first trip there. It took some time before that orchid flowered and when it did, it was so impressive. Unfortunately and mysteriously, the orchid died after flowering. Mama and Tatay believed that the waling-waling was indeed for Davao only. That was over 15 years ago and perhaps I need to go back and get some samples of the orchid again to prove that it will grow here. Anyhow, following are two falenopsis orchids currently in full bloom at my mother's garden in Cainta.

These falenopsis orchids are the latest in her collection
It seemed a coincidence that the orchids we gave her a few years ago are currently in full bloom

She also has dendrobiums and vandas but these have no flowers now. I noticed this afternoon though that one dendrobium just started to grow the stem from which flowers will come out of. Mama no longer uses fertilizers to induce the orchids and just let them be. I will take some more photos next time I visit my parents' home.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Falenopsis Orchids for Mama

Last Sunday was Mothers' Day and as we were hosting lunch at our home, we decided to get something for our mothers and my sister whom we were expecting at noon. One of the first things that came to my mind was orchids. My mother has a nice garden where she has a lot of flowering plants. Among these were those that Tatay, my siblings and I had given her in the past that she nurtured and succeeded in propagating. My mother-in-law also has a garden in their home and there are many nice plants there under her care including fruit bearing ones.

Orchids I got from one of the shops at the Quezon Memorial Circle
Two things that go well together it seems are flowers and art. Here are two of the orchids and some of the paintings at our living room.
Here's another photo with the remaining orchid together with one of our favorite paintings.
My mother chose the lighter pink orchids while my mother-in-law chose the white with the pink interior. My sister opted not to get hers as she said it was going to be difficult for her to care for the orchids. I was going to give it to my mother but Tatay said we could keep it and then we could give it to Mama for her to nurture them until they flower again.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Tipulo Tree

We went to a possible venue for our 15th wedding anniversary last Saturday and were impressed with the estate we visited in our home city of Antipolo. Our host that afternoon was so kind to show us around and a highlight of the visit for us was something that we didn't quite expect to see there. Near the house of the owner stood a gigantic and likely to be very old Tipulo tree. This is the tree after which this city was supposed to have gotten her name.  Here are a couple of photos of the tree, which we took for posterity.

A gigantic, old Tipulo tree appeared to be the centerpiece near the home of the owner of the estate we visited
The tree had large leaves and bore these oddly shaped fruits.


Friday, August 1, 2014

Home gardening

We had the surroundings of our home professionally landscaped last summer and it took a while before the plants and the grass finally grew and "stabilized" on those hot days. These days, we try to add to the plants as there are many spaces where we think plants are appropriate. Among these are spaces along the fences where instead of planting directly on the ground, we decided to use large pots to hold fruit trees and flowering plants. Fruit trees now lining the adobe fence of our neighbor owns and which we share include atis, chico, dalandan and kalamansi. On top of our fences, we have placed flowering plants, what are popularly known as Vietnam roses, which are always nice to look at because of their continued flowering. These and other flowers now growing in our modest garden are visited regularly by butterflies, bees and other insects that feed or harvest the nectar from the flowers. We have also noticed that fireflies have become regulars, too, during the evenings. These encourage us to grow more of these plants as they are truly pleasing to us.

Transplanting Vietnam roses and another plant - gifts from my mother's garden to ours
Organic fertilizer and garden soil that we mixed with the "regular" soil, which appears to be composed much of clay.
We expect to have more plants soon as we are trying figure out what will survive under the shade of the neighbor's fire tree. The tree has affected the grass beneath its branches and practically stunted the growth of the frog grass. This is partly as it prevents the sunlight especially nowadays during the wet season. We also think the fire tree's flowers are also to blame when they rained and covered the grass. Then there is also the wind and the cooler climate here that needs to be factored in the selection of plants. Fortunately, the most important part of our mango tree (the trunk and roots) survived the onslaught of the recent Typhoon Glenda. It's main branch fell on the road but the smaller branches were spared by the winds and will grow to bear the sweet fruits we enjoyed last summer.


Saturday, April 20, 2013

Random photos

I took a few photos of flowers at the Pinto Art Gallery grounds. I was impressed by what seemed to be a random arrangement of flowering plants in the area and the mix of colors that blended very well. I honestly don't know the names of the plants and am just posting the photos as a journal with no labels.