Interesting Landscapes at the Flora Filipina 2015 Expo

Hardin ng mga Bulaklak, Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City -Philippines

Orchid Landscape Winners

3rd Place Ms. Evangeline B. ” Vangie ” Go

The landscape used old capiz window panels and driftwoods as part of the landscape . White cattleyas, ferns , Dendrobium spectabile from Papua New Guinea , Solomon islands, Irian Jaya of Indonesia  , Dendrobium sanderae and Grammatophyllum multiflorum variety citrinum  from the Philippines , mutant dracena and ferns added different shades of  green and yellow tones to the landscape.

2nd Place- Purificacion Orchids and Ornamental Farm

This orchid landscape used Phalaenopsis orchid hybrids , Oncidium hybrids , Cattleya hybrids, Paphiopedilum hybrids  , Epidendrum hybrids . Fixtures includes wooden door , steel  frame, adobe stones, pebbles ,  old soft drink bottles.

1st Place -Susan and Manuel Lee

The orchid landscape had Dendrobium hybrids, Cattleya hybrids , Phalaenopsis hybrids, Vanda hybrids , Paphiopedilum hybrids with some native orchid species like Dendrobium uniflorum, Dendrobium sanderae , Grammatophyllum multiflorum variety citrinum , Trichoglottis rosea, Trichoglottis latisepala , native asplenium .

Ornamental Landscape Winners

3rd Place-Allied Botanical Corporation

Allied Botanical Corporation is one of the major seeds, fertilizers and fruit suppliers in the country .  The landscape exhibit showcases vegetable and fruit produce like water melon, gourd , red bell peppers, tomatoes , lettuce , herbs ,  sunflowers, celosia ( cockcomb )  , petunia , sorghum, marigold flowers among others.  ( together in the photo: Ms. Dhory Fadriquela )

Website: http://www.alliedbotanical.com/

2nd Place : Professor Juan ” Johnny ” Lim

Professor Johnny Lim won several coveted awards for his bonsai trees .

1st Place: Mr. Fred Salud , Mr. Tata Montilla and ” Late” Atty. Pepito Mercado

The landscape exhibit was created by Mr. Fred Salud together with Mr. Tata Montilla using the collection of cactus and succulents of the late  Atty. Pepito Mercado who died just last January 2015. This is some sort of a tribute exhibit. Surprisingly, this landscape exhibit won the grand prize for the ” Best Ornamental Landscape Exhibit ” and ” ” Best Ornamental Plant in the Show “

Here are some of the noteworthy landscape exhibits in orchids and ornamental plant category.

Mr. Manuel and Ms. Susan Lee – bahay kubo ( nipa hut)  inspired landscape

Philippine Orchid Society community booth

Cactus and Succulent Society of the Philippines

Philippine Bonsai Society

The landscape exhibit features collection of outstanding bonsai set in a gigantic metal frame

NVC Garden

old chairs as additional accent

Nigel Garden

Purificacion Orchids and Ornamental Plants

This is another orchid landscape exhibit which features native orchids and rare ornamental plants

Constel Nature Garden

Architect Bimbo Vergara

These are the terracotta pots which are part of the fixtures of the landscape exhibit which combines old windows, hardwood panels , cactus and succulents

Architect Bimbo Vergara exhibit

Malvarosa Orchids and Ornamental Farm

Mr. Jun Golamco and Mr. Mike Espeso

landscape exhibit  includes bromeliads, nepenthes and old drift woods.

Davao Orchid Society and Ms. Vicky Jimenez

Ms. Doreen Dofitas

Ms. Doreen Dofitas exhibit incorporated tillandsias, bromeliads , aglaonema , philodendron , ornamental plants and old logs.

Ms. Alily Galo and Mrs. Baby Alarcon

Dr. Olivia Sanchez

Dr. Olivia Sanchez from Laguna had a wide variety of ornamental plants on display . gerberas, tillandsias, bromeliads , oncidium, dendrobium, cattleya hybrids and vanda lamellata are neatly arranged

Mabuhay Orchids and Ornamental Plant Farm

Phalaenopsis schilleriana

Mr. Mando Cruz

Mr. Mando Cruz landscape is modern design and the use of steel and recycled materials makes this exhibit a stand-out.

Mr. Mando Cruz

Aztec-goddess

a crowd drawer is the naked aztec-like goddess.

red and black ants climbing up the narra tree

Note: All photos were taken by the author

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BIG Winners at Flora Filipina Show 2015 part 1

BIG Winners at Flora Filipina Show 2015 part 2

Mabuhay Orchids and Ornamental Plants: Silang Best Kept Secret !

Mabuhay Orchid and Ornamental Farm, Silang , Cavite -Philippines

rows of lavander, rosemary , orchids and other ornamental plants

We last went to this farm in 2007 , 2008 on a field trip by lakwatsa ( roaming around/ traveler ) an informal grouping of a plant society . The  Philippine Orchid Society also organized a field trip to Cavite on May 23, 2009. The group seldom meet  after it was disbanded sometime in 2009.

Phalaenopsis schilleriana aka Tiger orchid

Nepenthes truncata

The farm also successfully propagated several species of Nepenthes ( pitcher plants) and some of them were grown from seeds or cuttings.

different pitcher plant species being propagated

 Dendrobium uniflorum aka popcorn orchid

This farms specializes on herbal plants, annuals like zinnias , hoyas, dischidias , native ferns, native orchids, some orchid hybrids like Cattleya, Cymbidium and Phalaenopsis

flowering zinnias

 The are grown from quality seeds

 ashitaba

The Real ashitaba and Commercial ashitaba

This is the real Ashitaba herbs  ( Angelica keiskei )  came from Okinawa , Japan .Nonetheless, modest conditions for cultivation and fast rate of growth, with optimal temperatures ranging between 19 -30 degrees Celsius . As far as the author is concern, There are few plant nurseries in the Philippines that grow this plant successfully , The other one is the EDSA Garden House , herbal farms in Tagaytay and Baguio area.

Gynura which is cheaper compared to the real ashitaba . Ashitaba herbs cannot grow well in Metro Manila and it is a little bit more expensive compared to gynura because it is not easily propagated and it requires a cooler day and night temperatures .  I think it was  commercial people and propagators who thought that it was ashitaba and people sometimes believe them. It is useless to argue to people unless they have done proper research and have tried propagating the real ashitaba at their own backyard.

Gyunura procumbens

The one which is popularly grown and being sold at the local market is Gynura  procumbens or commonly called Longevity Spinach, Leaves of Gods or  Sabuñgai Gynura procumbens has been used as “FOLK MEDICINE” for hundreds of years. This herb has been found to be an extremely alkalizing and miraculous antiviral, anti-inflammatory edible plant. High in antioxidants Gynura procumbens offers the possibility of remarkable results when it comes to improving overall health and longevity, and aiding in conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol. It’s also been known to significantly support the detoxification process. This plant is widespread in southeast Asian countries like Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam , Cambodia and even in the Philippines.

Website : http://stuartxchange.com/Sabungai.html

 Almost every residents plant this kind of herb in our place in Novaliches / Fairview  and they are relatively easy to grow,propagation is by cuttings .

website: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements

http://www.ashitabaplant.com/

Thai basil

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Taeniophyllum orchid with seed capsule

Note : The proprietor does not allow farm tour and only sells their produce at AANI Taguig Saturday and Sunday Market ( whole day )  and at Centris Sunday Market 6:00am to 12:00NN . The farm also accepts bulk or wholesale orders.

Contact :  APO Wong or Mr. Jason Wong-09176333138

Email: jpcw13@yahoo.com.ph

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