Sunday, September 2, 2012

Philippine Orchid Society's Orchid Show: The Poetry of Flowers

Philippine Orchid Society Event - Flower VB
Red Beauty, Red Pin Cushion Protea
Apart from being a certified dog magnet, I've always had a green thumb even though I'm admittedly a lapsed gardener.  But as my horticulturist friend, Nids, says, "once a gardener, always a gardener."  Even though I live in a high-rise for the past decade, I've slowly been going back to having potted friends around -- often procured from the garden shops tucked in Cartimar in Pasay.  I do miss having a real garden but until I win the lotto and buy my own farm (a lofty yet down-to-earth dream), this will do.
Philippine Orchid Society Event - Flower IX
Pretty in pink, Tillandsia stricta bloom
As a gardener, I'm not much into flowers as they can be more difficult to maintain compared to the leafy ornamentals which are, by careful choosing, more hardy and can withstand my absence during trips and assignments.  But inspite of my occasional bouts of allergic rhinitis, I love looking at flowers -- they are, to me, an affirmation of God's creative Hand and it's rare to meet someone who hates them.  So when we heard of the latest show of the Philippine Orchid Society, we dropped by the Quezon Memorial Circle for an afternoon of literally stopping to smell (and ogle) the flowers.
 Philippine Orchid Society - Flower IV
Beauty, magnified - Coelogyne bufordiense
We came on a hot Saturday afternoon and weren't disappointed.  Nevermind the intermittent breeze passing through the trees and sweeping through the displays that made shooting tricky, it was fascinating to shoot the orchids close up.  I was particularly enamored by some strange-but-beautiful flowers such as the Red Pin Cushion Protea, the small yet eyecatching blooms of Tillandsia stricta, the seductiveness of the Coelogyne bufordiense, the sensuousness of the Waling-Waling and the graceful lines of the fascinating local Pitcher Plant.   It was a gratifying experience seeing patterns that evoke poetry, lines and colors that magnify and glorify the magnificence of our Creator.  Passing through the East Avenue gate, I knew I wasn't safe from the lure of the commercial garden shops.  I happily went home with several small pots of Sansiveria and a Tillandsia for hanging.
Philippine Orchid Society - Pitcher Plant
Indigenous Pitcher plant
In any case, do feel free to drop by the Quezon Memorial Circle from August 31 to September 10 and catch this year's edition of Philippine Orchid Society's "Orchid Show".  Gate is open from 10am - 7pm.  Entrance fee:  P30 for adults, P20 for children and senior citizens (please bring your ID).   For more info, call/text 0917.848-5468, visit www.philippineorchidsociety.com, or email philippineorchidsociety@yahoo.com

 There are also free daily lectures held every 3pm:
• Aug. 31/Fri - Growing Vandaceous and Phalaenopsis Orchids
• Sept. 1/Sat - Money Making Opportunities in Fruit Trees
• Sept. 2/Sun - Penjing, The Art of Chinese Bonsai and Potted Landscape
• Sept. 3/Mon - Growing Pitcher Plants
• Sept. 4/Tue - Guidelines in Landscaping Your Home and Garden
• Sept. 5/Wed - Preventing and Controlling Pests and Diseases
• Sept. 6/Thu - Plant Nutrition and Urban Gardening
• Sept. 7/Fri - New Trends in Flower Arranging
• Sept. 8/Sat - Growing Cattleya
• Sept. 9/Sun - Making Dish or Bottle Gardens
• Sept. 10/Mon - Growing Tillandsias

All images taken with a Nikkor 60mm macro lens

8 comments:

Filip and Kristel said...

Excellent macro.

Oggie Ramos said...

Thanks Filip! I had a great time admiring the flowers on display. Also breathing in the oxygen they give :D Thanks for dropping by.

sheng said...

I have been wanting to plant more potted plants in my garden. However, I do not think I would be able to care for it since I am mostly away from home and no one, I mean, no one would love my plants the way I do. The husband? Sigh!

Oggie Ramos said...

Sheng, you can choose the more tolerant plants like the sansivieria but I agree, parang namimili ng kamay yung mga halaman.

Andrea said...

So the Coelogyne has now a different species than what you gave me earlier? Baligtad na ang panahon, climate change na, ako na ang magtatanong sayo about orchids, haha!

Oggie Ramos said...

Nids, I did further searches and the one closest in appearance to what we shot was Coelogyne bufordiense. Feel free to correct me if I'm mistaken para madagdagan din ang plant knowledge ko.

Photo Cache said...

cartimar - that's a name i haven't heard in a while.

the flowers you captured are magnificent. even if i'm not a gardener (i consider myself a plant waterer) i love photographing flowers.

Heart of Rachel said...

Such exquisite flowers! I don't have a green thumb but I love the thought of a garden surrounded by all kinds of flowers. I have a few orchids at home and it's always a treat when some of them bloom.

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