Our contrarian garden

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.

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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.

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While I had the camera in my hand, I also took a photo of another curious flower living outside the kitchen.

Blood flower, Fireball Lily (Scadoxus multiflorus)

Blood flower, Fireball Lily (Scadoxus multiflorus)

 

 

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the garden…

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Caladium

Caladium

Crepe Ginger/Spiral Ginger (Costas speciosus)

Crepe Ginger/Spiral Ginger (Costas speciosus)

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Allamanda

Croton (Codiaeum variegatum)

Croton (Codiaeum variegatum)

Codiaeum

Codiaeum

Cabbage tree (Cordyline)

Cabbage tree (Cordyline)

Powderpuff (Calliandra)

Powderpuff (Calliandra)

Jungle Flame (Ixora)

Jungle geranium (Ixora coccinea)

Dwarf palm (Chamaedorea)

Dwarf palm (Chamaedorea)

Cactus

Cactus

Euphorbia canariensis

Euphorbia canariensis

Furcraea

Furcraea

Pineapple

Pineapple

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2 thoughts on “Our contrarian garden

  1. I’m happy to see that your little Eden is still blooming, Angus. Send my best regards to Emma, and the kids. They’re all grown up now!

    I’ll ping you when I’m in the neighborhood. SBK is definitely my favorite place in Samal Island.

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