Surprises in the garden

I have a few gardening tasks that I’ve been delaying because I’m busy wrapping up a project but once my schedule permits it (next week) I will do them in one fell swoop. This morning, as I was inspecting the few plants that comprise my small garden, I noticed that the little green bud I spotted weeks ago on an orchid I had almost given up for dead had grown considerably–sprouting leaves and roots as it jutted precariously from the cane.


the keiki

Back in January, it was the biggest orchid from the batch that my Aunt brought me from her home province of Sorsogon. However, in just a few weeks, the leaves dried out one by one until only the cane remained. But I continued to water it even if another part of me wanted to throw it away and use the pot for another plant.


the mother, back in January

And about a couple of weeks ago, I was rewarded for my persistence when the keiki appeared. Said keiki appears to be thriving as well, except for some discoloration on the tips of the leaves. I think it’s getting too much sun. A friend suggested that I transfer it to a shady spot in the garden until the keiki is well established. I did exactly that.

I was surprised for the second time when I was removing the dried leaves that fell on the plants sitting under our old macopa tree. There appeared to be a budding flower spike in my Vanda Lamellata but I wasn’t sure since this particular plant was, in my opinion, still too small to begin flowering yet. I took a photo and posted it in a Facebook group where the other members confirmed that it was indeed a flower spike. Yey! This plant was given to me for free by an orchid seller at Centris, after buying a few pieces from his stall.


the flower spike

This reminds me that it’s been months since I went there. I ought to go there again soon.


About the pensive poet

development worker. kasuyo. bugtong na anak. retired drag queen. kalaguyo. kaibigan. future carpenter, bread-maker, or bar-tender. feeling manunulat at makata. borderline obsessive-compulsive. control freak. book worm. isnabero. mahiyain. astang cineaste. aspiring photographer.

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