Monday, December 24, 2012
Euphorbia pulcherrima is said to be now reclassified as Poinsettia pulcherrima. Unlike most Euphorbia species (from Africa), this species is found wild in Central America, but is now grown widely around the world. But also unlike a majority of Euphorbia, the Poinsettia grows better in cooler areas like Baguio and Tagaytay. It brings out reddish specialized leaves around the minute yellow flowers around December, which is why it has become the universal symbol of the yuletide season. Poinsettia pulcherrima is now in season. Sadly this is not native but a good intro for me to greet everyone a very merry Christmas! May we be more aware of our native flora in 2013!!!
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
|Urban Orchids calendar|
Art Post Asia printed a dozen of my sketches into a calendar for 2013. They did not print much, only a few to serve as corporate giveaway. Not even sure if it was sold to the public. So you could say it is a limited edition, hehehe.
But I got a few copies and I am giving away one as prize for a small contest for Philippine followers of my blog. Just give me a unique christmas greeting as comment to this post. I will choose the most creative. On Christmas I will announce who won and I will LBC the calendar to anywhere you are (in the Philippines). Goodluck and happy orchid-Christmas!
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Quick Post: I thought most plants flower in spring time. Then why is Baguio all in bloom at November. The following are pictures of the different ornamental plants in full blooming regalia, so close to the Christmas season!
|Probably Medinilla pendula, and the only native in the bunch|
Saturday, December 15, 2012
|Iconic PMA parade grounds|
|PMA'ers jogging in synchrony|
|The articfcial tree house|
|Age-old wide pine tree|
|Conical trimmed pine|
|Trimmed juxtaposed with the natural|
But what really got my attention were the real Benguet pines or Pinus kesiya growing around the academy. They come in different ages and sizes. In an avenue in front of one of the main buildings, they had a few of the pine trees shaped in an iconic gymnosperm cone. Pine trees grow straight and upright, but unlike some gymnosperms like Araucaria and Agathis, the canopy shape is much random. So it is unusual to see them shaped like Christmas trees.
A few meters across the street, an older pine tree specimen is growing much more natural with ith branches untrimmed and spreading several meters across. It is also unusual to see this one growing wider than taller. The PMA seem to be growing its pine trees with peculiarity.
Sunday, December 9, 2012
|Back beach with Chiquita Island at the horizon|
|Ardisia stand near the beach|
Quick Post: Grande Island has a back beach. It has white sand and a nice view of the West Philippine Sea and the nearby small island of Chiquita. And along the adjacent greenery, there were stands of flowering Ardisia. I am not sure what species this is but to me, it resembles the awnasin or Ardisia pyramidalis growing in the cool areas of Mt. Makiling. Unusual if it is indeed A.pyramidalis, as it is growing wild in the hot coastal areas of the island. I once saw an awnasin growing in hot Manila and suffered greatly. It probably is a different plant.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
|Olongapo from the water|
|Ibay making snaps of the Subic shore|
|Grande Island clubhouse|
|More pictures on the ruins|
|The old army hospital is now a hotel|
|The disappearing gun|
|The hotel close up|
|The guns share the land with grazing horses|
Thanks to my friend Ibay, the Abas women and the Grande Island resort for this rare opportunity.
Monday, December 3, 2012
|Taal Lake on a bright day|
|Fish pens also as clear as the day|
To start off again, I made several trips to Tagaytay for the magazine. In one of them I got a breather to eat and slurp some of the famous Leslie's bulalo, and enjoy the view of Taal Volcano on a bright clear day. Since Leslie's is a popular stop, I am guessing that a lot of people have already glanced upon the view in Leslie's corner of the Tagaytay rim. But I am sure not all witnessed the flowering Melastoma (probably M. malabathricum) or pure-tutungaw in a pot near the Filibeans Cafe. Melastoma is such a nice native to grow in the garden, high or low altitude.
|The flowering shrub is tucked near a cafe|