73 and still gardening

The doctor diagnosed us ‘plant addicts’

Aug 17, ABAGA, LALA, LANAO DEL NORTE — Dr. Opay-Villarmino, an obstetrician – gynecologist/mother/humanitarian/homemaker/- gardener, visited my garden that Wednesday morning because of the Tillandsia plants. Though she had a scheduled operation later that day (at 1 o’clock p.m.),  the good doctor invited us to visit her garden. I was reluctant at first to accept her invitation but I remembered that the last time I was there was around 2007.

me holding an Angel's Torch flower

After a 20-minute car ride, we got there. Then, she proudly gave us a tour on her ‘updated garden’. She’s apologetic on the smell of urine everywhere; she refer to the tubs of urine as ‘orange juice’ for her plants. I noticed that most of her plants were replaced by new ones; she retained her collections on  Anthuriums, Orchids and  Bromeliads though.

I wouldn’t have noticed the blooming vine overhead if not for its fallen yellow flower  I saw on the side path. Dr. Opay-Villarmino called it Angel’s Torch. She said that the torch-like flowers are often white when new and that they turn yellow before they fall while still on the  if not for its yellow flower on the pathway.

new rack and pots for the Phalaenopsis cluster

endemic to the Philippines - Phalaenopsis leuddemanniana in yellow

white Thunbergia

the 'plant addicts'

talking about Dendrobiums

Our chat revolve around plants and family and plants and friends and plants and health. We exchanged tips on how-to-grow-what-plants and garden makeovers. After 2 hours, we bid farewell to her and gave her thanks on the plants she gave us.

waiting for a jeepney ride back home

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14 responses

  1. Very neat flower, Angel’s Torch. What family is it in, do you know?

    August 29, 2011 at 8:17 am

    • sorry westwood…I have no idea what family it belongs to.

      August 31, 2011 at 5:17 pm

  2. Bom

    Looks like you ladies had a lot of fun. Gardeners are such generous souls.

    August 31, 2011 at 1:11 am

    • Of course we did, gardeners are fun to be with and never boring…also, our plants influence us…so eventually we are generous…

      August 31, 2011 at 5:32 pm

  3. It’s better to be plant addict than be addicted to alcohol or drugs. Plus addiction to plants relieves stress and is relaxing. Its a good thing you accepted the invitation, it looks like it was a rewarding visit.

    August 31, 2011 at 6:16 am

    • rewarding indeed..:) we got a handful of free plants

      August 31, 2011 at 5:20 pm

  4. Perla your blog is charming. Phaleonopsis are SO exotic and expensive over here. It is rather refreshing to get right outside our european palette of plants for a change.

    August 31, 2011 at 7:55 am

  5. Then…I must be a plant addict as well! LOL!` Your friend’s garden is very large and must have a host of plants and varieties.

    August 31, 2011 at 8:49 am

    • Yes, she has 4 gardens in different locations; she could afford to buy plants worth 5 thousand pesos in one shopping spree!

      August 31, 2011 at 5:22 pm

  6. I saw your thanks note about my suggestion to visit PlantChaser’s site for tills. That yellow flower you are holding is more commonly called chalice vine, Solandra longiflora.

    September 7, 2011 at 11:41 am

    • really? thanks for the info…Dr. Villarmino gave me a young plant of the chalice vine, and honestly I still don’t know where to plant it in my garden…

      September 8, 2011 at 2:28 pm

  7. sally nabor sinclair

    Manang Nene,
    Happy New Year to You and family. You have an amazing pictures of exotic orchids and collections , I really loved it. Some are very rare and hard to get in Austalia.

    December 31, 2011 at 3:12 am

    • Hi Sally, thanks for dropping by and happy new year to you too…Why don’t you drop by at my garden when you’re here in the Philippines…

      January 11, 2012 at 7:58 am

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