73 and still gardening

Green fingers are the extension of a verdant heart. ~Russell Page
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A Cheerful 2015 with Gerbera

Welcome 2015!


I’m hoping that everyone will have a cheerful new year…


so I’m sharing a variety of vibrant Gerbera flowers to brighten up the first day of the year.


This year is promising for my new garden residents – the beautiful Gerbera plants.

(My long time plant buddy/dealer Fronia delivered eleven of these beauties last December 1 and an additional seven last December 9, 2014 straight from a flower farm in Davao.)

Some curious people think the blooms are made of synthetic materials because the size of the flowers are 7.5 cm to 10 cm…
I really hope the blooms will be larger after they have adapted to their new environment.
Anyway, I’m glad that the stingless bees love the vibrant flowers…
These plants have no name-tags so I decided to name them with descriptive colors.
What I like about these plants are: [1] They bloom in a variety of colors – whites, creams, yellows, oranges, reds, pinks, purples, and bi-colors (except true blues and purples);
[2] They produce pretty large flowers;
[3] They are low maintenance plants;
[4] They grow well in a tropical garden (like mine);
[5] They look good in containers as well as in flower beds;
[6] They are nice cut flowers… florists say Gerbera ranks number 5 in the most popular cut flowers;
[7]  They are perennials… that is, they bloom many times in a year;

[8] They attract birds, bees AND friends (old and new)…

Thanks for Visiting


Have A Prosperous New Year

Adenium obesum ‘PATHUM MA’

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This one is my bestseller — Adenium obesum Pathum Ma. It’s flowers have triple layers of soft pink petals; flower diameter is 7cm to 8cm. I highly recommend this succulent to novice gardeners because it’s easy to care and it’s blooming capability is high.

Phalaenopsis ‘Tinny Golden Sun’

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I’m not usually attracted to yellow orchid sprays… but this one is an exception because it’s a Phalaenopsis hybrid. Two people (who are plant enthusiasts) that I know say that the blooms are cool to the eyes.
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They call it Phal. Tinny Golden Sun. This is the outcome of Phal (Golden Amboin x Yukimai). The flowers are 8.5 cm H and 8.5 cm W with pale butter yellow color… [sometimes, there’s a greenish tinge depending on the angle of the light].

Phalaenopsis ‘Brother Lancer’

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It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with Moth Orchids. Every time my long-time plant dealer Sopronia drops by with a basket of orchids, I tend to purchase one or two. If I hadn’t killed most of my Phals in 4 decades, I would have hundreds in my collection. The temperature in my garden is not very friendly to Phalaenopsis; that is why raising these beauties remain a challenge for me.

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Anyway when I saw Phal. ‘Brother Lancer’ last October 26, 2014, I was thrilled. This hybrid has blooms of pale yellow color with Fuchsia (red/purple) Polka-dots. Each petal  mirrors the lip (my daughter says it looks like a Lycaste). Each flower measures 7.5cm  W x 7.5 cm H. The whole plant is 45 centimeters tall.

2014-10-26 16.04.13Presently, I’m still studying my new plant’s eccentricities. I place this among the ferns where it gets morning sunlight and has partial to full shade. It hangs four feet above the ground. I really hope this one would adapt well in my garden.

I’m Back in WordPress

I took a blogging hiatus for more than a year. (My computer’s CPU died, hence my inactivity in posting. I have trouble remembering my passwords and social accounts without the auto-save. It took a while to recover them (thanks to my daughter).

Anyway, I’m now 73  and still gardening. From time to time, I’m in my garden with my new grandson JJ.

i’m grateful for those people who drop by and left comments. Thank you for your views, too.

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Pink popcorn

I was never successful with Begonias in the past. Back then (in 1970’s), my sister Alet and I garden-hopped in Bukidnon just to search for these beauties. Unfortunately, I’ve managed to kill my Begonia collection.

Last month, I decided to grow Begonias again when my daughter pointed out several varieties at Boging’s garden.  A pot was not enough; so,  I ended up with 10 varieties.  One of my favorites was the pink flowers shown in the photos above. My grand kids were amused with the plant’s flowers. They thought they looked like pink popcorns.

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