Cymbidium finlaysonianum: only one year to live

I bought this plant in last year's Philippine Orchid Society garden show. At that time my interest in native orchids was just starting. The seller told me that it's a kind of rare orchid so this was enough reason to convince Plantchaser to take his wallet out of his pocket and spend. Someone also told me that it's hard to cultivate the plant under "Manila conditions" and it's destined to die after a few months. It didn't and instead gave me these amazing looking flowers. My confidence in growing native orchid species just leveled up.

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It's Showtime

It's Showtime

Today is the official opening of the Mid-Year Orchid and Garden Show of the Philippine Orchid Society.  I am encouraging everyone to visit the Hardin ng mga Bulaklak (translated: Flower Garden) of the Quezon Memorial Circle anytime today, August 30 until September 9.

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Castaway Plants

No, I don't mean the plants people get rid off or set aside to use for compost or those used in the set of one of the reality TV shows or a Tom Hanks movie.  

These plants grow wild on a thousand acre island in the Bahamas.

View from the island's observation deck.The island, once visited by pirates and then (much) later on by drug smugglers, is now overrun by a rodent named Mickey and his friends.  The "official" story has cleaned up the island's nefarious history and has changed it to a story of three explorers and their families setting sail for the Bahamas in the 1920's and deciding to settle down on the island.

 

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