Showing posts with label garden. Show all posts
Showing posts with label garden. 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, January 21, 2017

Albino bougainvilleas

I noticed something unusual with our bougainvilleas one morning while I was having breakfast. Curious and already suspecting something, I approached and confirmed my suspicion. We had an albino among our bougainvilleas. But this was only a stem out of an entire bunch. Here are a couple of photos I took of the albino stem and leaves including  close-up of leaves sprouting from the stem.

The albino developed from our variegated bougainvilleas
Here is a close-up of the step with a thorn and new leaves sprouting from the stem
I don't know how long the stem will survive given that the plants are located where they could get a lot of sun. Bougainvilleas love the sun and triggers their flowering. We do have other bougainvilleas around our home that don't get as much sun and so don't bloom as often and as much as the variegated variety along our back fence. It is something special and I also made sure our daughter saw it.


Saturday, December 5, 2015

Revisiting Pinto Museum in Antipolo

We had a chance to again visit Pinto Art Museum, which is near our home (and probably the reason we don't go there so often). There have been a lot of improvements and additions to the place including more eating options. There is also construction work ongoing for what is going to be a building for accommodations. Pinto is said to be soon to become a 'bed & breakfast' and that is something I think a lot of people are looking forward to - a cozy, artsy hotel in Antipolo that's quite near Metro Manila. Following are photos I took while going around Pinto. I didn't provide captions for the photo as I will leave my readers to become curious enough about the place that they would want to come to Antipolo for Pinto and the city's other attractions.

Our daughter loved the place and was expressing her wonder (wow!) about a lot of stuff she saw. It helped that Pinto has an expansive garden with lots of different plants and flowers. There is certainly a certain ambiance to the museum and its gardens that makes people want to either go around or perhaps just sit down, relax and take in the good vibes you can get from the place.

Antipolo is a closer destination to Metro Manilans wanting to have that short break from the urban jungle. There are a lot of small hotels and some resorts in the capital city of Rizal province, which is a highly urbanized city. I think Antipolo has great potential to grow more in terms of tourism. The city already receives a steady flow of visitors due to its being a pilgrimage city (Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage) and it wouldn't hurt to have more places of interest (e.g., restaurants, museums, galleries, resorts, etc.) to establish themselves in the city.

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.