Category: Flowers

Puso Ng Saging (Banana Heart)

Banana heart, photo by JMorton

Puso Ng Saging (Banana Heart)

I love puso ng saging or literally means banana heart in English.

There are plenty of recipes making use of banana heart, like ginataang puso ng saging, kilawing puso ng saging or even in kare-kare.

Verbena Bonariensis

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Verbena Bonariensis

Verbena bonariensis is a perennial summer flowering plant.

It is a beautiful addition to boarder plants as they add elegant height of purple-violet clusters of unscented vibrant flowers. ¬†They are very attractive to bees and butterflies. ūüôā

It has a long blooming period, which can be between July to November.

Desert Rose Plant

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Desert Rose Plant, Photo by JMorton

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Desert Rose Plant, Photo by JMorton

Desert Rose Plant

I saw this plant in the Philippines and I’ve fallen in love with the flowers. ¬†They were very eye-catching.

This plant is called Adenium Obesum or more commonly known as desert rose.  It is a tropical flowering plant.  It is a succulent, which requires copious amount of watering but it must not be allowed to stand on water, thus a free-draining soil is advised.

It likes hot climate or temperature, although with proper care, it can be grown anywhere.  It is a beautiful house plant in colder countries.  It should be placed by the window sill, where it can catch a daily dose of sunlight.

Pruning in the spring will prevent the plant from going too leggy.

Sunflowers at the Glorious Burnham Park

Sunflower of Burnham Park, photo by PH Morton

Sunflower of Burnham Park, photo by PH Morton

Sunflowers at the Glorious Burnham Park

The sunflowers were in full bloom when we were in Burham Park in Baguio City, Philippines in February 2016.

It seems we were not the only admirers of the flowers; there were busy, buzzy bees hard at work gathering nectars.

The flowers were so beautiful to look at as it built a fragrant fence from one corner of the park into the next.  Though the park was busy, the tall flowers exude a haven of tranquility and serenity, thus promoting well-being.

It made me think that yellow must be the colour of happiness and peace.

Sunflower has the scientific name of helianthus, which comes from a combination of two Greek words, helios, meaning sun and anthos is of course, flower.

Sunflowers are annuals, which means they die down each year and new ones needed to be planted annually.  There are species of perennial ones but they are not too popular with gardeners as they tend to spread rapidly and can overwhelm a garden.

Legend of Mimosa (Alamat ng Makahiya)

Legend of Mimosa (Alamat ng Makahiya)

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mimosa-pudica, makahiya

When we were young, my sister and brothers would touch the mimosa plants, which grew profusely in our farm, gently to see if they would not close off.¬† Of course, they always did.¬† By the way, makahiya is called Bain-Bain in Ilocano. Bain bain may be shy plants but they can protect themselves with their thorns. ūüôā

Legend of Mimosa (Alamat ng Makahiya)

The legend of the mimosa or makahiya would touch many a heart.¬† It is actually a parent’s concern for their children.

Anyway, legend has that once upon a time, there lived a gregarious husband and wife.   They were Andres and Lucia.  This couple was so friendly, they were very social.  They liked nothing better than throw a party or be in a social gathering.

As the years passed, they were blessed with a child.  The child was a real beauty, who they called Marikit.

Marikit grew up a very sweet-natured girl, but very introverted, very timid.   She was the opposite of her parents.  She wanted to be alone all the time. She was wary of people.  She refused to go out or play with other children.  She did not have any friends. She shied away from parties, from going out, from mingling with people.  She would not say boo to a goose.

Her bedroom was her haven. Her own company was enough, more than enough.

She had not outgrown her shyness as she grew up. It only became worse, it was pathological.

Her parents started to worry about her.  They were concerned that their beloved daughter would be all alone in life when they were gone.

One day their village was wracked with fear; there were news of escaped prisoners heading towards their village.

As luck would have it, it was Andres and Lucia’s house that the prisoners chose to hide in.

The criminals bundled the couple in a corner and tied and gag them.¬† Andres and Lucia were not so much in fear of their lives but more of their daughter’s safety.¬† They prayed as they have never prayed before.

Not long after, the deafening sirens from police cars can be heard which startled the convicts so much that they panic.  The couple was rescued and all the prisoners were caught.

Andres and Lucia were so relieved knowing that their daughter came to no harm from the very recent upheaval.

They knocked on her bedroom door but she did not answer, not a peep.¬† They went into her room and found her gone.¬† They searched for her but she couldn’t be found.

After a week, while the couple were outside their house, they noticed a plant that they have not seen before.  As they touch it, the leaves closed in as if shy of a human touch.

The couple realised that this might be their daughter, Marikit.

In their grief and wonder, they named the plant Makahiya which means shy after their  daughter, Mariki.

Rose Hips – Edible

Rose hips

Rose hips

Rose Hips – Edible

Rose hips are the fruits from roses.

Apparently, October is the perfect time to collect/harvest rose hips. You can boil them in water and sugar to make a syrup. This syrup is full of vitamin C and delicious added to fizzy water to make a refreshing cordial.

They can be eaten raw as well, as long as you do not consume the hairy bits in the middle.

All rose hips are edible; it is just that some are rather sweet and aromatic and some have a metalic taste to it which is not really nice.  It is also important the roses do not get too much pesticide or insectice treatment.

Summer Flower: Petunia

Summer Flower: Petunia

This beautiful flower display from a hanging basket are from the garden of our very dear friends, Mick and Vick.

Mick has such a green finger.  His garden is a delight.  So many blooms, which are all vying for aesthetic excellence.

One of such beauty is the petunia. ¬†Apparently petunia is closely related to the potato, tomato, deadly nightshade and tobacco. ¬†In fact petunia comes from an Old French word ‘petun’ meaning tobacco.

Petunia is South American in origin and has around 35 species, hence it comes in variety of colours and some are multi-coloured.

Petunias are robust plants that can stand relatively harsh condition, however it needs at least 5 hours of sun daily.  They can be planted in bedding, in pots and very ornamental trailing in a hanging basket.

 

A Flower Petal That I Saw

Recently on a pleasant summer day and late afternoon we were in our back yard/garden.

We were generally pottering about, pruning some bushes, feeding our pond fish and tidying up the end of the garden.

A Flower Petal That I Saw

From nowhere,

There came a light cooling breeze of scented air,

From a nearby bush behind me,  a delicate petal lifted itself free,

and came to rest on the good earth in front of me,

I smiled when I saw it and looked up at my Precious, Darling & Wonderful Wife,

In my mind, the words were already on it; ¬†declaring the True Love of my Life…

MY Heart

Euphorbia amygdaloides

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Euphorbia amygdaloides

Euphorbia amygdaloides (wood spurge) is a species of flowering plant in the family Euphorbiaceae, native to woodland locations in Europe, Turkey and the Caucasus. It is a bushy evergreen perennial, growing to a height of 80 cm (31 in), with dark green slightly hairy leaves about 6 cm (2 in) long. The complex green-yellow inflorescence (cyathium), typical of Euphorbia, appears in late spring and early summer. (Wikipedia)

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