Gold Rush

In the last two years, my Zamia Roezliis are flushing new leaves like crazy. Unlike other species of cycads which rarely flush (attention Encephalartos caffer, Encephalartos eugene-maraisii, Cycas angulata and Macrozamia johnsonni!!!), my roezliis are continuously pushing new leaves. The leaves start out as color gold and eventually become green as they mature. I have a gold mine right in my backyard.

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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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On Fire

I just came from Art in the Park, an annual event held in Makati, which showcases artworks of young and upcoming artists. I bought myself a few paintings. The artworks displayed in the park were beautiful and expressed a lot of emotions but nothing could really compare with nature's work of art like this Tillandsia ionantha 'Mexico' in full bloom. Fiery in all respects.

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