Thursday, December 30, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
I woke up at 5:30 am, a bit cold at ~23C, others are still asleep because sunrise will still be at 6:15am. I walked for 5 min to reach this area which has less trees to openly see the Batangas Bay, Philippines. The sea is calm these days when the monsoon is from the Northeast.
I will show you the progression of the scenes as i viewed it in my viewfinder, and these photos are directly uploaded from the camera, with only resizing done.
At the horizon beyond this bay is the Batangas International Port
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Prosperous New Year!
P.S.: I originally thought these are obviously Christmas lanterns, thanks to Donna of gardenwalkgardentalk, i was allerted to divert from Wordless Wednesday to describe this. Creativity in this part of the world made the abaca fibers colorful and transformed them into these colorful Christmas lanterns. Abaca plants (Musa textilis) is widely grown in Bicol Region in the Philippines where this could probably be just the trimmings. Abaca is the material made into the world famous Manila hemp. For those who don't know abaca fibers, they come from abaca plant, which looks like our normal banana. Abaca plants are planted for the fibers unlike the fruits from the bananas.
More Wordless Wednesday posts.
Monday, December 20, 2010
Caladium is a very popular genus of the Aroid family, which includes the Alocasia, Colocasia, Xanthosema, or commonly called taro. Caladium species has been popular for the beautiful shapes, venations and variegations on the leaves, which has been done through years of breeding. There are 3 general leaf shapes as fancy, spade or strap; fancy are the widest and with 2 lobes at the base (e.g. photos below). The strap leaf is more elongated and devoid of the lobes. Spade is the shape in between.
I am sure most of us know this plant or has at one time been cultivating this in their gardens. It is a tropical plant whose hybrids already acclimatized with the temperate and subtropical zones. It is said that today the most chazed after hybrids are from Thailand, which developed the best characteristics wanted for Caladium. It turned out that through the years the Thailand Palace has been hybridizing this for their use, and just lately shared them with the world. Aside from the beautiful venations, spots, or colors, their hybrids have thick and shiny leaves, short petioles and produce more leaves in their generation before succumbing to dormancy or rest. These qualities make them more sought after in the market. I've just browsed on their hybrids and Caladium 'suvarnabhumi' is really very beautiful. Suvarnabhumi is an ancient name of Thailand and is also the name of its international airport. So the caladium hybrid namesake must carry the qualities of a prestigious name.
My caladiums are the old common varieties, left on its own, sometimes watered but mostly not. The photos here are the volunteers which just grow anywhere on the property. Sometimes they are even eaten by animals roaming around especially the goat's kids. But they thrive for several years now just left on the ground. Every rainy season they seem to be very happy.
These are all from the fancy leaf types exemplified by the Caladium tricolor, maybe the oldest of them. But still it gives a garden a beautiful color mix.
This looks also special with those little white
patches at the center
patches at the center
This one has a nice leaf form. And it somehow showed 2 colors only. I am not sure if this came from a C. tricolor. There is the C. bicolor too, but it is green with white spots. We also have that in the property, but i can't see its picture from my files.
But can anyone explain what happened to this one!!! The original leaves are the normal variegations as in above photo, but through time it showed this one, pinkish leathery leaf with only very thin green color at the margins. Maybe somehow, there was a gene for mutation. It is a phenomenon much sought after by ornamentalists, as certainly beautiful colorful mutations are beautiful too in gardens!
This fat larvae is not aware that he is trampling on a forbidden path. But it's survival of the fittest, so it must do its nature. We just contend with his remnants as another art form, "caterpillar art"!
Thai Caladium reference on growing and breeding instructions and beautiful photo gallery of their hybrids please visit http://caladiumflorahobby.blogspot.com
Thursday, December 16, 2010
I mentioned in the previous post that weeds are unwanted plants in the garden or in a plot of plants being tended. These include the grasses and the broadleaves, the former being monocots, while the latter being dicots. There are probably more dicot weeds scattered in the tropics than the monocots. And of course, their flowers are naturally more beautiful. A plant lover or a photographer cannot resist the temptation these broadleaf flowers offer. And the butterflies are also their frequent visitors.
Tithonia diversifolia. This is a shrub reaching 1-3 meters when fully grown and about 3 inches flower diameter. A big patch of this plants in the contryside is a sight to behold, and will certainly lessen your travelling stresses on the road. The mountains in Baguio City is normally caped with these yellow blooms during the dry months. Its leaves and stems have strong botanical pesticidal properties.
Ipomoea turbinata synonimous to I. muricata or moonflower vine. It is said to have
medicinal and food uses in China and Sri Lanka ( Reference)
unless the parts under the soil is also removed. It is Chromolaena odorata, or 'hagonoy' in local dialect.
These are the flowers of a wild species of Pachirrhizus, with beautiful purple pea-like structures.
It is vigouously viny and covers other shorter species. The very young pods are eaten by
some northern regions of the Philippines. The edible common yambean or
jicama, locally known as 'singkamas' is the Pachirrhizus erosus.
I would like to post this in GBBD of Maydreams Garden as they are also blooming in the vicinity of my domestic garden, let's say they are blooming in the bigger country garden. The problem is when they enter my domestic garden!
Monday, December 13, 2010
Now let's go back to grasses! I have spotted a few grass flowers lately, so thought of putting them together here. These are all grass weeds. Later, i will be putting the broadleaf weeds.
This is the same flower against the grey cloudy sky.
The one above have very small flowers that my lens cannot give justice to its details.
I would like to link this post to Blooming Friday of Katarina's Roses and Stuff. That is just to provide my temperate country bloggers a BIG Difference, to titillate them that we in this part of the world don't have the Four Seasons. We only have a perennial Summer, with dry and wet months. And our vegetation is also perennially green with lots of loud colors, unless our dry season is so long that kills many plants.
Since these photos are really out in the wilderness and out of the confines of domestic gardens, maybe it is okay to post this in Outdoor Wednesday courtesy of A Southern Daydreamer.Please visit other participants there.