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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 thoughts on “The doctor diagnosed us ‘plant addicts’”

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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