Monday, February 21, 2011

Hoya Collages

This is a continuation of the Horticulture Exhibit 2011, at the Manila Seedling Bank Foundation, where i got some materials in the previous few posts. I made them into collages in groups because Bom of the Plant Chaser, already posted the individual plants.  Hoyas have an exhibit of their own, however the flowers already dried when i visited. So i content myself in so few remnants and grouped them with those from other private nurseries outside the exhibit area.

Top left is Hoya imperialis, while top right is Hoya diversifolia. I specifically asked for the name of the H. imperialis because it is so big unlike most of the Hoya flowers. This photo of H. diversifolia is my own, and this is its first flowering since it got into my care.

Hoya imperialis at different stages of flower opening. One flower is about 3 inches in diameter. Literatures say it has a very strong scent especially in the morning. A good reference for its description, culture and requirements is found HERE.

This is my very small Hoya diversifolia plant showing only the flower stalk, the flowers are shown at the top right side of the first photo. It just clings to a coconut husk for support. It suffers water deprivation when i am on travel, which is not good for hoya, resulting in this stunted growth rate. However, it still gave a small flower umbel. I noticed a first flower layer followed by another 2 sets inside at different stages of development. The youngest layer died when i forgot to water it for one day. Moreover, it is located outside the west window, where the afternoon sun is very strong. I wish i have more appropriate location for it, but i am deprived of that, sorry for it! 

The two tarpaulin posters have titles: A Selection of Hoyas from the Philippines I and II. The names are written below the posters, but not readable in these photos. So I surmised, a total of 44 Hoya species are endemic to the Philippines. My prior Hoya posts are HERE.


  1. So many gorgeous Hoyas. I especially like the golden yellow and the creamy coloured ones ... they were quite lovely! Great mosaics.

  2. I liked your Hoya mosaics, but they are new and unfamiliar to me. The posters look like hangable art and nice to display.

  3. These are interesting plants. I am not familiar with them. Your mosaics are very nice!

  4. I love all your pitures!!
    Hoya, Wax Plant, Porcelain Flower - Hoya - (Hoa Cẩm Tú)
    I a very ornamental vine that bear fragrant flowers in star-shape. Each globular cluster consists of many uniformly-shaped flowers. Thick, succulent leaves come in a variety of shapes and colors. Ideal for trellis or hanging baskets. Most species of Hoya plants are quite easy to grow (drought tolerant, does not require full sun, does not take up large space).
    I have one Hoya im my sunroom doing very well.
    - Cheers from Canada.

  5. lovely interesting plants that I have never seen...I enjoyed learning more about this new plant...

  6. Lovely collages of the hoya. So many varieties! And each one so beautiful! This is one plant I have never grown.

  7. What a beautiful view this is. I could sit and watch that most everyday. I am your new follower. Come on by my new blog and I will be uploading photos a lot as the seasons progress.
    Goldenray Yorkies

  8. The Hoya imperialis is stunning. Are they hard to grow?

  9. very nice. i don't think we have those around here.

    the challenge with orchids is getting them to rebloom again.

  10. The hoyas that you have presented here are such unique plants. I hope to grow some of these in my garden.

  11. Bernie - hi, i'm excited with the new look of your garden after the typhoon, i am sure they are sprouting new shoots now!

    Donna - Yes they are not very common ornamentals yet for many. These kind of plants are what i intended to have more for my blog, unfortunately the most common ones are easier to come by!

    Karin - thanks for the visit and appreciation, i hope i can entice you to come more often.

    Guild-rez -- i haven't visited your site more often too, i hope you will post your hoya plant esp with flowers. Yes they love a bit of shade but i dont have that space so i just put mine at the westside window coz that's the only space i have at the 5th floor, haha!

    Donna - oh i have 2 Donna friends. thank you for the comment, please drop by again.

    Kanak - very lovely flowers if well cared for and in proper environment. It was given to me by a Cancer victim scientist friend, so it is very special.

    Sunray Gardening - i appreciate your following my blog, i hope your enthusiasm will not diminish.

    Bom - Hoya is easier to grow than some in your collection.

    Photo Cache - this is not an orchid, although somehow it is like an epiphyte. Any plant when given right environment and needs will flower regularly.

    Autumn Belle - now you are again apt and about. I hope you're not forgetting your garden yet!

  12. Both sets of hoya photos are so cool (today's and last April's post). I don't think I've noticed this flower before... sayang; it's so interesting looking in its many colors and shapes!

  13. Beautiful post, Andrea, and lovely Hoya collages. I am not familiar with this handsome plant.

  14. Is an amazing display! it must have been a lot of fun to go to the exhibit.

  15. Hi Andrea, Your flower collages are fabulous. I know you must have really enjoyed the Horticulture Exhibit... Such beauty!!!!!! Makes me yearn for spring and some beautiful flowers here...


  16. One of the plants which I have yet to try in my garden.
    Somehow I feel that hoya looks very much to a sensitive side and may easily killed when they are not taken cared properly.
    And its an expensive plant too in my place.

  17. Can't stop admiring the hoyas here. The imperialis is magnificent. As for the diversifolia it is sweet. I think every hoya has its own beauty. Great collage. Thanks Andrea!

  18. your landscapes are great! really good lighting and composition...

  19. Francisca - thanks for the appreciation. I LOL at your saying the word "sayang", you captured it already very well. At least we can put the real meaning in it in a single term, as there is no one word translation in English.

    Joey - yes i am introduced to it also lately, i am trying to show some Philippine species which are not so common yet.

    Fer - yes it si always fun to go to exhibits and garden shows. In fact there is an ongoing orchid show which i still haven't seen, thanks for visiting here.

    Betsy - while you are still under snow, i will provide you with more vibrant colors, so come over more often. thank you.

    James - i am sure Malaysia have lots of it too in their forests, so it is not really difficult to care for. It is not expensive too.

    James at Joyce - looks like you have a new blogsite, thought you have already forgot posting. thanks for the visit and comment. Haven't heared from you for a while.


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