Over the weekend, I did a few more plantings for my weekend farm.
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.
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
This is a native plant from Nueva Viscaya.
It was named after the University of Santo Tomas which is popularly known as UST, hence Vanda ustii.
I have several plants. The two biggest plants bloom every month in the lowlands of Quezon City.
The flowers smell like overly ripe banana.
I invited a few friends for picnic again.
From the previous picnic, I was convinced that I need to set-up temporary structures to make visits more comfortable. These will allow me to stay longer in the plot and accomplish more work.
By next year I want to build my bamboo hut! But for now, I want to set up a temporary shade area. I also want to make an outdoor shower of some sort so I can clean up before entering my car after working on the plot. I also need to build a toilet so the friends I invite can spend more time in the plot.
We had wine, cheese, some fancy dips and tapenades for brunch. It was hot. There were some ants.
I left my friends under the shade to check the water pipe. I was not present when they installed the pipes but I knew where they laid it. I needed to know what it looks like so I can progress with installing my outdoor shower.
I planned on replanting the pineapple in neat rows. I got help from a few friends who held the machete to slash some weedy patches. It was midday. We went back under the shade.
At 1pm it became cloudy. It began to drizzle. I brought with me around thirty orchid plants. I did not want to bring them home again. My friends helped me attach the plants to the coffee trees.
Drizzle became rain. The rain was as cold as cool drinking water. I told my friends, “I told you it’s cool here!”
How I wish I could watch the rain under a nice shade.
Clean up was not the goal for this visit. I just wanted to see the extent of the damage.
I wanted to check which of the few things I planted were damaged by the storm. I was expecting to see impassable roads and felled coconut trees.
Along with a few adventurous friends, some food, and wine; I brought a ground sheet and a shade cover for our make-shift picnic area.
I thought of sharing a story about cleaning up and re-planting after the storm, but I realized I have not started much yet.
Having looked at how the few plants I planted were faring, the land told me a different story.
The Phalaenopsis aphrodite that was attached to a coffee branch had three fresh sets of leaves and new roots firmly attached to the branch.
The Platycerium grande (Giant Stag’s-horn-fern) from Mindanao which I flimsily attached to a coconut managed to stay put despite the strong wind of the typhoon.
The Taiwanese olive tree has also sent out a robust set of new leaves. It was lucky that no tree or banana was felled on top of it.
It was not good news for some other plants.
This Vanda javierae, a native in the mountains of Nueva Viscaya, was struggling to survive in the lowlands of Quezon City. It was attached to this coffee tree a few weeks ago. Now, it finally dried up. Perhaps it really needs higher elevation or perhaps it was too weak when I planted it out here.
Despite being slightly uprooted, the 7-ft Yakal tree is thriving. With proper support, its roots can be given more time to set itself firmly on the ground.
Other then some felled banana trees and coconut saplings; it was this Tipolo tree that was the noticeable casualty of the storm.
Our picnic was pleasant but it could be more comfortable. Perhaps I could use that Antipolo tree to build a temporary shelter.