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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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Sopronia’s basket of flowers

the dealer and the collector2

Aug 2, 8AM, TUBOD — Sopronia, my orchid dealer since the 1980’s, brought me a basketful of flowering plants this morning. She drops by at my house once a month or once in two months carrying a basket of exotic or new hybrid plants from an Orchid farm in Davao. It’s sweet of her to put me in her itinerary for she travels around Mindanao, (Davao Region, Northern Mindanao, Zamboanga Peninsula).

a basketful of orchids

This lady knows that I’m still into orchids and that I like purple, so she always brings a variety of purple flowers for me to choose from. Expectedly, hybrid Dendrobiums with colorful blooms fill the spaces on her basket for they are still in season… So lovely and pricey too… I have to restrain myself from “pure, unbridled greed”…

lovely Dendrobiums

blushing Dendrobium hybrid

new plants purchased8/2/11

So aside from what I ordered from her previously (a miniature Anthurium, a mottled leaf Phalaenopsis, and a Vanda ‘Udom Gold’ ), I chose a purple variety of Dendrobium King’s Dragon as a latest addition to my collection. I’m going to be busy for the rest of the day repotting but at least I’m happy…

the dealer and the collector3