Planting continues

Over the weekend, I did a few more plantings for my weekend farm.

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a peach/pink Mussaenda philipicca planted in between the heliconia plants

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a dark pink Mussaenda philippica

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a white Mussaenda philippica along the barbed fence

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at the rightmost and the leftmost are cacao seedling planted a few weeks ago, in between are new plantings of Mussaenda philippic and a Lanzones seedling

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a second Lanzones seedling

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from left to right: the third Lanzones seedling, a giant custard apple sapling, and the cacao seedling planted a few weeks ago

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This coffee tree used to be filled with at least 7 species of native orchids. It was stripped bare by orchid bandits a few months ago. I planted clumps of Vanda lamellata on this tree. (Notice how the powder puff tree and the Dracaena multiflora are all growing nicely!)

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This coffee tree used to be filled with Phalaenopsis schilleriana plants and Vanda javierae plants. The orchid thief stripped this tree bare a few months ago, now I’ve planted some Vanda lamellata on it.

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Mang Joel has done a great job of cleaning the area and keeping the weeds from growing tall. The front-half of my weekend farm now looks cleaner. If you look closely, you will already see seedlings of vegetables growing!

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work in progress! The middle portion of my weekend farm is still being prepared by Mang Joel for planting

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Upo (Bottle Gourd) seedling growing on my weekend farm

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corn seedlings sprouting from the ground

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Sitaw (string beans) also sprouting from the ground

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A pleasant surprise. This Phalaenopsis linden grows at the mountain regions of North Luzon at elevations more than 1000 mask. This plant has survived the orchid looters and has been growing in my weekend farm for a year. This is its first blooms in my weekend farm

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flowers of the Phalaenopsis lindenii up close

Plants in the city

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.

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a clump of Vanda lamellata var. remediosae with four flowering spikes. These are native to the Batanes group of islands, particularly in Calayan Island. At Manila, this plant is placed at an area which gets the most sun.

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I’ve kept this Tillandsia xerographica for a few years already. Once its flowers wither, the plant will die and I expect to get a few juvenile plants from this.

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Not sure about the species but it think this is a Coelogyne marmorata. This is a huge clump of plant; twice bigger than a basketball! It only produces few and small flowers. They still look interesting though.

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My Coelogyne usitana is a small plant with around 3-4 psuedobulbs. (stems) This is a photo of a bud about to open

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Coelogyne usitana flower upside-down. These plants are found in Mindanao


A new Vanda lamellata variety from Mindoro?

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.


The coffee tree where a few Vanda species were attached


a Vanda lamellata (the normal variety or type species) which had flowers


This is a strange variety of a Vanda lamellata originating from Mindoro. It does not clearly resemble a Vanda lamellata var. boxalli nor a Vanda lamellata var. remediosae


close up of the Vanda lamellata from Mindoro. It fragrance was really strong

The first Vanda lamellata

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:


Vanda lamellata var. remediosae from Calayan islands (photo taken at the plant shop)


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?

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photo of the buds with an insect taken on Nov 2. (a month ago)


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Vanda lamellata var. remediosae. Photo of the flowers yesterday at my weekend farm… flowers already look a bit spent.

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 


photo of the same plant, taken yesterday


It only has a few flowers left