Just a quick post for now. In the past few weeks, the native orchid Dendrobium anosmum or populary called sanggumay was and I think is still is in bloom. The pendulous thick stalks of this orchid become borne with flowers ranging from pink to lavender, which is truly a sight to behold when specimens bloom simultaneously. In Sidcor, the weekend market, the sanggumays are very visible and hard to miss. There is also D. anosmum var. Dearei, or the almost pure white flowered sanggumay, which I find a little more subtle in its fragrance.
Incidentally most people regard sanggumay to have a very agreeable scent when in bloom. But to me the fragrance reminds me of cough syrup mixed with an antiseptic solution. It is undeniably fragrant but a bit overpowering, almost similar to chemicals formulated in a laboratory. Well, maybe it is just me. Ronald Achacoso commented that I am the only person he knows who says sanggumay is not entirely fragrant. But then again not all flowers could please everybody, hehehe. But the sanggumay is still a beautiful specimen to keep in the garden, fragrant or not!