Weather has been bringing rain; perfect time to plant some trees!
I feel like I am procrastinating on my weekend farm but I feel that it is necessary to wait.
I am not spending much time in my plot over the past months, perhaps this is allowing me to think things thru.
I was motivated to write again after reading this article: http://www.businessinsider.com/how-procrastination-helped-steve-jobs-become-so-successful-2016-2
At the start of the year, I started a mini-project to bring my weekend farm closer to my home. I do not have a garden, but I have a window with a small ledge big enough to fit a few plants.
Over the weekend, I did a few more plantings for my weekend farm.
My weekend farm is a meaningful and personal endeavor, which I wish to extend and share to others.
Over the past few months, it became difficult to define progress.
The ability to build structures to protect and cultivate the area meant progress, but I am not able to accomplish these at the moment. Running after these milestones proved to be very difficult and frustrating.
My past two visits at my weekend farm proved to be invigorating. Instead of focusing on achieving milestones, I dropped everything and did the things which I enjoyed doing!
I imagine that once I’ve made my weekend farm more comfortable, I will spend time planting, painting and relaxing.
I realize that I just need to put myself in the flow of things by being creative. Although it may seem like a futile attempt at the moment, I will just continue to visit, plant, and paint. Hopefully as I do these, I get to open myself to opportunities that will allow me to achieve my milestones!
At the moment relaxing in my weekend farm may still be a remote possibility, but this doesn’t stop me from being in the flow things and enjoying how it exists now.
Some more plants blooming this Easter. These plants are growing in the lowlands of Metro Manila.
I have not visited my weekend farm for a long time already; but I would like to share some interesting plants flowering in the lowlands of Manila.
I’ve been using an orchid as litmus.
It may not be the best method; and definitely not the most scientific, but this is just for leisure! I’ve planted a lot of Phalaenopsis schilleriana orchids and these continue to give me an indication of the climate in my weekend farm.
Firstly, these plants need to receive enough moisture to survive. For now, I can only visit the farm during my free weekends which means that I’m incapable of watering my plants regularly. Also, I can’t afford a caretaker to live at my plot; hence I’m at the mercy of nature for now. So far, the orchids I have planted have grown roots and a lot of them are actually blooming! Apart from those, I planted fruit trees like cacao and mangosteen and these are growing without watering.
More than that, these orchids gave me an indication of what other crops I can plant. Phalaenopsis schilleriana plants will only bloom in cooler weather. This means that I can try to grow cooler weather crops (at least relative to my location here in the tropics) like more exotic/non-local fruits and vegetables.
These plants have been in my plot for months, and a few plants have just been in flower recently. Apparently, it has caught the attention of a few people who may have chanced upon my area. During my last visit I found that two plants which were in flower have been plucked from the branches. I wasn’t surprised that this happened; but now I realize that my area is too open and some people might think it’s alright to pluck a few plants for them to take.
And so this plant is telling me to do something about it.
It’s interesting that someone has found plants growing on my weekend farm attractive!
I just continue to hope they’ll admire it and not take plants from my weekend farm. Still, I should work on that nice looking bamboo fence already :))
I’ve planted several local species of Phalaenopsis.
These are the first ones to flower at my weekend farm.
I attached some Vanda lamellata plants to this coffee tree a few months ago and now a lot of them are flowering.
One plant which came from Mindoro looks very distinct.
It definitely does not look like the variety from calayan islands nor the type species.
But it does resemble the variety remediosae and variety boxalli a bit.
I wonder if this could be new.
This is the first Vanda lamellata to bloom in the weekend farm!
The plant was a cutting separated from a clump of Vanda lamellata var. remediosae which originated from the Calayan islands in North Luzon.
…the original clump had flowers that looked like the photo below:
I attached the stem cutting to a coffee tree at the weekend farm around two months ago.
…looking at the blooms, it seems to be more similar to the “boxalli” variety.
perhaps the cold weather made it evolve into a different variety at an instant?
I took photos go the same plant yesterday and the plant is really a Vanda lamellata var. remediosae. The photo above (using a camera phone) just made it look like Vanda lamellata var. boxalli. Below are photos using a better camera