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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].
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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.


Philippine wax flowers

Sunshine is delicious,
rain is refreshing,
wind braces us up,
snow is exhilirating;
there is really no such thing as bad weather,
only different kinds of good weather.

-John Rushkin


pretty white cactus flower

Twinkle's furkids

Hi, it’s me Vanilla Bean greeting you a happy first of June with a white scented flower.

I’ve been busy lately having fun last sunny May — dog walks and dog parties ate up my time… to the point I even forgot to post about my birthday bash! (I’ll post about my May Madness later…heheh…)

Anyway, I would like to share to you one of my charges at the succulent garden — a ball-look-a-like green thing they called Sea Urchin Cactus… No worries getting near it; the absence of needles indicated that it’s safe to have a moment of plant talk with it…

I woke up my overseer so early this morning to see it… why? because this plant-ball bloomed around the 9-o’-clock-bark last night and it would quit showing off its large pretty flower by 9 a.m. today…

Enjoy…just don’t stick your nose to the screen to sniff it…heheh

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At Boging’s Garden

Meet Boging, a plant enthusiast/finder/dealer. I met her around 2005 when Tubod, LDN experienced a cacti craze; she gladly took off  several varieties of succulents from my garden. She’s been to remote private gardens or plant farms in the countryside. Hence, she’s aware of the latest plant craze in various regions for whenever there’s a town fiesta, Boging and her team would be there.

Here are some green residents in her garden:


fun, creativity and humor combined…the result is this…

Aisle 3C & a cup of tea, please

I love creativity.  I love flowers.  I love gardens.  And when you add creativity to flowers or plants, I am smitten!  Recently, on a trip to San Diego with my husband to celebrate his finished dissertation, we decided to visit new places in the area we love so much.  One of them was the San Diego Botanical Gardens in Encinitas, CA.  It was an astounding place with ocean vistas and breezes.  It had the best children’s garden I have ever seen: imaginative and playful with a gigantic jungle tree house.  There were fields of exotic fruit trees, a towering bamboo forest with hollow swaying stalks which sounded like a wind chime symphony.

But perhaps what captured my fancy the most was the exhibit which I have nicknamed “The Succulent People.”  Clearly a skilled horticultural artist spent a lot of time designing and cultivating this exhibit of human-like characters.  Various succulent…

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