Living on the Island Garden City of Samal (otherwise known as IGaCoS), it behoves us to keep an attractive garden of our own. Previously, a fern I photographed at Davao’s Kadayawan festival gained some attention from an Australian gardening magazine. A new (and exciting) growth in our kitchen garden prompts me to illustrate some of the plants we surround ourselves with.
Elephant Yam (Amorphophallus paeoniifolius)
I had a complaint the other day about a terrible smell outside the kitchen. I went off to investigate and discovered an amazing flower about the circumference of a dinner plate stinking like a rotting corpse and covered in flies.
We were given the ‘jungle’ plant by a relative, it was just a strange prehistoric looking plant with a scaly stem which grew to about 5′ tall. The flower was a bit of a surprise.
While I had the camera in my hand, I also took a photo of another curious flower living outside the kitchen.