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.

Below is a quick list:

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. 🙂

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. 🙂

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 it 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 to 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, Marikit.