These are still unopened flowers, with prominently darker colors and very attractive pedicels.
Sunday, August 31, 2014
This Hoya obscura is endemic to the Philippines, first found and collected inSorsogon. I have been trying to get a sharper photo of a single flower, but my time is up and the wind still doesn't allow me a good shot. That single globose individual flower is actually just 5.0mm in diameter. So it really is small, so an outdoor shot is very difficult especially when handheld. But that will not stop me from posting, so please bear with me.
Friday, August 29, 2014
I have been posting hoyas since my collection starts flowering one after the other. I am not going home every weekend, so you can just imagine how i feel when they decide to bloom in front of my eyes. I hope you can relate with me, as it is trully awesome!
I bought this already as a mother plant, to lessen the waiting period which tires me in some species. It hasn't even flowered with the previous owner, reason why he sold it to me perhaps. He even gave precautions that i might wait for some months or years before it blooms. This species is not very common also here because the collector from the wild decided to sell it to the US markets before selling to us here in the local scene. I am very glad i was able to get it ahead of some enthusiasts and die-hard hobbyists. As an absentee gardener i cannot fertilize or water properly, i just left the decisions for caring with my sister who manage our home and garden. She is a bit obliged, but i guess she also learned to appreciate the "fruits" of her labor, to put it more precise, the "flowers" of her labor!
This is Hoya pubicalyx 'Black Dragon'. The 'Black Dragon' is not a variety but just a name given for commerce. However, just recently it was baptized another name as Hoya pubicorolla subspecies anthracina. It might take sometime for these name controversies be resolved, but DNA analysis will surely be important as the final arbiter.
young flower buds in a big umbel
a nicely developing advance umbel
flower buds waiting for a few more days to open
The dynamically opening buds, they opened at 4:00 pm
the very fine velvet glisten with light
the whole umbel immediately after opening
Now, are you fully convinced of the magic and drama of my Black Hoya?
Friday, August 22, 2014
Friday, August 15, 2014
I have been so busy these past few days and weeks, it is almost a month since i posted last! And i almost forgot GBBD till i found a link of a followed blog in Facebook. Oh i am late linking with the meme again, i have to finish posting to let more linkers see my blooms. I promise you, i swear (sorry about that) but i promise to give you lovely blooms you are not very familiar with. And i am parading all of them for you to see! Now you decide. Are they good enough to forgive my bragging?
They will not bore you at all. Even the flower buds from start to finish are very interesting. That is not saying that the leaves are not awesome at all, because they all are interesting and capture our fancy. And the more captivating characteristic is the changes in colors or characters as responses to changes in environmental conditions. However, hoyas are just starting to capture the limelight, already a bit controversial because of the changes in naming, and researches are not yet available to explain the observations that hobbyists observe. So please stay tuned, as i will not yet be changing my channel. Thank you very much. If you are not yet a hoya addict, soon you will be! And i again warn you, this disease is contagious.
Hoya ilagiorum immediately after opening
Hoya ilagiorum a few hours after opening with a moth that can't resist its scent
Hoya cv 'Iris Marie"
Hoya mindorensis buds
Hoya pubicalyx buds
Hoya siariae buds
Hoya mindorensis buds