Monday, December 24, 2012
Euphorbia pulcherrima is said to be now reclassified as Poinsettia pulcherrima. Unlike most Euphorbia species (from Africa), this species is found wild in Central America, but is now grown widely around the world. But also unlike a majority of Euphorbia, the Poinsettia grows better in cooler areas like Baguio and Tagaytay. It brings out reddish specialized leaves around the minute yellow flowers around December, which is why it has become the universal symbol of the yuletide season. Poinsettia pulcherrima is now in season. Sadly this is not native but a good intro for me to greet everyone a very merry Christmas! May we be more aware of our native flora in 2013!!!
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
|Urban Orchids calendar|
Art Post Asia printed a dozen of my sketches into a calendar for 2013. They did not print much, only a few to serve as corporate giveaway. Not even sure if it was sold to the public. So you could say it is a limited edition, hehehe.
But I got a few copies and I am giving away one as prize for a small contest for Philippine followers of my blog. Just give me a unique christmas greeting as comment to this post. I will choose the most creative. On Christmas I will announce who won and I will LBC the calendar to anywhere you are (in the Philippines). Goodluck and happy orchid-Christmas!
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Quick Post: I thought most plants flower in spring time. Then why is Baguio all in bloom at November. The following are pictures of the different ornamental plants in full blooming regalia, so close to the Christmas season!
|Probably Medinilla pendula, and the only native in the bunch|
Saturday, December 15, 2012
|Iconic PMA parade grounds|
|PMA'ers jogging in synchrony|
|The articfcial tree house|
|Age-old wide pine tree|
|Conical trimmed pine|
|Trimmed juxtaposed with the natural|
But what really got my attention were the real Benguet pines or Pinus kesiya growing around the academy. They come in different ages and sizes. In an avenue in front of one of the main buildings, they had a few of the pine trees shaped in an iconic gymnosperm cone. Pine trees grow straight and upright, but unlike some gymnosperms like Araucaria and Agathis, the canopy shape is much random. So it is unusual to see them shaped like Christmas trees.
A few meters across the street, an older pine tree specimen is growing much more natural with ith branches untrimmed and spreading several meters across. It is also unusual to see this one growing wider than taller. The PMA seem to be growing its pine trees with peculiarity.
Sunday, December 9, 2012
|Back beach with Chiquita Island at the horizon|
|Ardisia stand near the beach|
Quick Post: Grande Island has a back beach. It has white sand and a nice view of the West Philippine Sea and the nearby small island of Chiquita. And along the adjacent greenery, there were stands of flowering Ardisia. I am not sure what species this is but to me, it resembles the awnasin or Ardisia pyramidalis growing in the cool areas of Mt. Makiling. Unusual if it is indeed A.pyramidalis, as it is growing wild in the hot coastal areas of the island. I once saw an awnasin growing in hot Manila and suffered greatly. It probably is a different plant.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
|Olongapo from the water|
|Ibay making snaps of the Subic shore|
|Grande Island clubhouse|
|More pictures on the ruins|
|The old army hospital is now a hotel|
|The disappearing gun|
|The hotel close up|
|The guns share the land with grazing horses|
Thanks to my friend Ibay, the Abas women and the Grande Island resort for this rare opportunity.
Monday, December 3, 2012
|Taal Lake on a bright day|
|Fish pens also as clear as the day|
To start off again, I made several trips to Tagaytay for the magazine. In one of them I got a breather to eat and slurp some of the famous Leslie's bulalo, and enjoy the view of Taal Volcano on a bright clear day. Since Leslie's is a popular stop, I am guessing that a lot of people have already glanced upon the view in Leslie's corner of the Tagaytay rim. But I am sure not all witnessed the flowering Melastoma (probably M. malabathricum) or pure-tutungaw in a pot near the Filibeans Cafe. Melastoma is such a nice native to grow in the garden, high or low altitude.
|The flowering shrub is tucked near a cafe|
Friday, November 2, 2012
|Kalachuchi tree in North Cemetery|
The North Cemetery scene I saw was far from what I remember experiencing every November 1, when I was working for Heritage Park. The latter is still open space compared to the crowded and more ancient cemetery. But I found something similar between the two despite the great difference. It is the kalachuchi which was extensively used as street planting in both.
|Kalachuchi sheds its leaves anually|
|White kalachuchi flowers|
|Kalachuchi trees dispersed among Dracaena and other native flora in a cliff in Mindoro|
|Spoon-shaped Plumeria pudica|
The white kalachuchi or Plumeria obtusa is one of the most commonly seen in urban gardens. It has also become a favorite to plant in cemeteries probably because of the pure color of its flowers and the lesser maintenance required. Based on this fact, most superstitious home-owners would not prefer to keep kalachuchi in the house garden. But even this did not stop it from becoming one of the most popular trees used in landscaping. Too bad because it is NOT NATIVE.
Kalachuchi is a member of the dogbane family Apocynaceae. It includes beautiful natives like baraibai (Cerbera manghas), bayag-usa (Voacanga) and the stately dita (Alstonia scholaris), which are notable substitutes for this exotic.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
|Flowering leafless plant|
I was told that unlike other Spathoglottis spp., S. vanoverberghii does lose its leaves before it flowers. Just not sure if my rabbite induced the plant to flower after turning its leaves into dinner.
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Monday, October 8, 2012
|Libaong Beach in Panglao is the home of a lot of native coastal trees|
|The Amarela banilad|
|Another banilad tree|
|Seed pod details|
|Young green pods|
I learned from Ulysses and Mam Ime that the Bohol banilad is actually malakalumpang or Sterculia ceramica.Today I again got to see the Amarela banilad. For the almost 7 years that I was observing it, it was only today that I saw it in flower. And more good new: I also found two more full grown trees in the vicinity.
|High-low tide beach|
|The quite narrow beach|
|View from Amarela balcony resto|
|The balcony resto|
I arrived again in Amarela Resort in Libaong Beach, Panglao Island. This time around our flight was in the afternoon so we got to the resort almost nearing sundown. There was still barely sun, enough to see that the plants are still lush, but some are overgrown. The sea water was quite high for low tide. The exposed portion of the beach is narrow. It is always nice to come back here.