Thursday, December 15, 2016

Blooms in December

The colder temperatures for the year are finally here! The Northeast Monsoon already brings the colder temperatures from the winter countries north of us, like China and Russia. These temperatures are maybe hotter than most of the summers in temperate countries, but we love it anyway as these are the only cold temps we get. You might laugh but the lowest we get in Metro Manila is just below 25°C, which also gets to above 30°C at mid day! Don't worry about us, when we really want to get colder, we go to the uplands or Baguio City, that we call our Summer Capital. The temperatures there are sub-tropical, where most of us wear sweaters and jackets.

In my province where my garden is, it only gets colder at dawn, so we feel the most out of it as much as we can. At noon we still get 32-35°C. What do you say about our temps, when some countries already have the negative numbers? That is fine, as long as we still get enough flowers. They are dwindling now, but they don't really get lost, they just mature and produce seeds. Some are still blooming though.

There are 2 orchids there, the terete Vanda and the white Dendrobium.They are self supporting so not very luxurious in growth.

This Ixora coccinea  just blooms continuously throughout the year. It doesn't mind if its raining or dry season. During the latter the leaves just get yellowish but still produce flowers. And can you see that Scarlet Mormon butterfly? It is one of our biggest, and also one of the most difficult to photograph.

The red hibiscus is always there too, we just always prune it to get just bushy. Red against green is very Christmassy in color.

This firespike is under the trees, yet continuously produce those red spikes.

Yellow heliconias are blooming too, but the blooms are few compared to the leaves, so i can't get a wide angle shot with lots of them.

Gardenia when in bloom gives sweet fragrance in the vicinity. It is just unfortunate that the bloom stays open only for a day.

Turnera subulata is tolerant of the dry season.

Turnera ulmifolia also has deep roots that allow it to thrive even during the dry season. Dry or wet, the turneras are always around. It is much loved by the honeybees and stingless bees. 

my white dendrobium

another self supporting terete Vanda perfectly lovely in lavender

Asystasia intrusa

Asystasia intrusa lives up to its name, very invasive! If we will not cut their vines, it will conauer every space in the property. Here it serves as fence climbing the cyclone wire.

Pentas lanceolata, another favorite of the butterflies, stressed during the dry season though.

Hoya buotii, named after one of the botanists at the University of the Philippines Los Banos.

Hoya nakarensis, named from the place it was first collected, Nakar, Quezon.

Hoya alwitriana, very much loved by the native honeybees. Even if there are hoya blooms around, they just converge in this hoya. Yellow is attractive to insects. 

Hoya ilagiorum is also named after a family from UP Los BaƱos, it flowers all year when propery attended to.

And of course, this Hoya diversifolia is constantly blooming from September to January. Most of you have seen this, as i can't resist posting them blooming at the top of the lanzones trees. It suffered a bit when we cut some branches of the tree for the new hoya house. I gave some friends a lot of cuttings. I hope the remaining vines will continue flourishing for many years. 

16 comments:

  1. Oh, such beautiful blooms. I am looking at more snow on the way. It will be a few months before I see anything blooming here.

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  2. Thanks for sharing your flowers! It's good for my soul to see them blooming. Like Denise, I'm completely covered in snow right now!

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  3. How beautiful all of your flowers were. Just to think of those warm temperatures. We will be close to zero (F) with wind chill included by tomorrow morning where I live in upstate New York.

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  4. You have such tropical beauty there. But I have to laugh at your "cold". Our temperature range tomorrow is supposed to be from 11°C in the afternoon, to -19°C tomorrow night, a range of 30°C.

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    1. Yes most of the people in the temperate zones will really laugh at my "cold". It really is funny how our variations in the world differ. My friends who migrated to Canada experience even -34°C, which i really am scared to relate. It's amazing how the warm-blooded humans can adapt to wide ranges of temperatures.

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  5. I love the gardenia's fragrance! And the Hoya is a very special flower - have seen them both in Southern California, but not here at the moment in the Northern part of the state!
    Thanks for visiting me!

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  6. Gorgeous photos - all the blooms are beautiful

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  7. Thank you for sharing your magical garden!

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  8. Wow, 35 degrees is cold for you. It never gets anywhere near that even on our hottest days in summer. Maybe 25 for the odd day!
    Your plants lok lovely and healthy and you have done really well to get such a sharp picture of the butterfly.

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    1. Thanks Nick, that butterfly is easy to shoot as it is not very quick, glides easily and open the wings even if nectaring. Our temperature now at night is 26°C, hahaha

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  9. Everything looks lovely - it must be wonderful to grow orchids freely outdoors! A few tropicals adjust well to growing here in the desert since they can take the heat, and we have been trying Ixora on our patio. It is a beautiful plant, but ours is certainly not lush like yours! A wonderful winter post :)

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    1. Hi Amy, Ixora here is blooming all year round. By the way, this is not a winter post as we only have 2 seasons here in the tropics: the dry and the wet. And most of our plants are perennials and annuals, some are biennials.

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  10. Exquisite selection of flowers, beautifully shot, Andrea!
    Season's Greetings to you and those special to you!
    Many thanks for joining the Floral Friday Fotos meme.

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    1. Thanks also Nick for your kind words and for hosting this famous meme.

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  11. Each of the flowers is so beautiful that I am simply mesmerized; I can't tell which one is more pretty. By the way, that butterfly has colors on its wings much like the flowers on which it is sitting. And those Hoya flowers seem from Mars!!!

    I got your email and have also ordered the seeds. Sorry I am taking too long to reply. I will reply soon. And, now I know how you can grow all these beautiful flowers (got the hint from your signature in the email) ;-).

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    1. I very much appreciate your kind words and offer for seeds KL. Of course i immediately sent my address, hahaha, who will reject such a wonderful generous offer! And...I laughed at the mention of flowers from Mars.

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