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.


Tillandsia on bloom

The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth,
One is nearer God’s heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth.

~Dorothy Frances Gurney, “Garden Thoughts”

Ferns and Mosses

Rock Tassel Fern

Cool and Interesting — that’s what I thought when I saw this Club Moss plant at Angelina’s garden last 2004 (Maliwanag, Baroy, Lanao del Norte).  Its dangling fur-like stems swayed along with the  breeze. So without further ado, I asked my young friend (Angelina Avila) to give me some stem cuttings of  Lycopodium squarrosum (rock tassel fern) and Huperzia squarrosa (fine rock tassel fern). [The latter died shortly due to direct sunlight exposure and lack of moisture…and yes, my ignorance of its proper care.]

My Rock Tassel Fern is about nine years old in my garden; the old stems turn into brown color (shown in above photo) while new ones are vibrant green (photos below).   This plant loves moisture so I regularly check or change the peat moss. Also, I give slow-release fertilizer once in three months.

I potted this one last year; so far, its happy growing under shade of my mango tree.

Related Post:  Lycopodium squarrosum http://typicalgardener.wordpress.com/2011/04/07/lycopodium-squarrosum/


Vanda Rothschildiana

To those who are feeling blue, here’s a pretty orchid to brighten up your day… – Mama Nene

Mama Nene's Garden

In gardens, beauty is a by-product.  The main business is sex and death.

– Sam Llewelyn

These indigo flowers come from the Vanda Rothschildiana,  a hybrid orchid between of the Blue Orchid (Vanda coerulea) and the Euanthe sanderiana. I’ve enjoyed looking at the 5 inches wide flat flowers bloom for at least 4 weeks.

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Wordless Wednesday: Dendrobium spray

Ferns and Mosses

Young staghorn ferns

During the 1980’s when I was teaching Home Economics in grade school, I used to display specimens of various ornamental and herbal plants at the premises of the H.E. building during school-evaluation to impress the Province’s educators/supervisors. One of those plants was a wonderful specimen of Staghorn Fern (Platycerium). It became a conversation piece at my H.E. garden; my colleagues even asked for offsets of it. (That plant eventually died after many years.)

Sopronia, my orchid dealer, brought me a pair of young Platycerium last October 2011; she got it from a plant farm in Davao. Both male and female young Staghorn ferns were mounted on barks of black tree ferns. My grandsons thought they look like weird crepes or inverted capes. Generally,they got nice compliments from my friends and visitors.