Saturday, July 20, 2013

My Summer House's Garden

Update: August 2, 2013

I'm supposed to rest today and so, my sister has banned me from thinking of work or anything business or work-related. So I shall think of mundane relaxing things. Like gardens. When I have my own summer house, I imagine it to be on a property in Eden in Davao City. It's not going to be so big. Maybe around 500 sq. m. The house will probably take up half of the lot but the other half will be a garden. The ground floor will have a pool. Not a big one. Something more meant for dipping than actually swimming. It can be drained and made into a sort of receiving area during months that are too cold for a pool. The kitchen and a small dining will be on the ground floor, too. The basement will be for the staff's accommodation. Aside from their bedrooms, they'll have a small common room they can converge, eat and watch TV in. The second floor will be the family's bedrooms, and the entire third floor will be a family room with glass walls on the north and east sides.

As for my garden, I'll be collecting orchids. Weird orchids from different parts of the world. Here are some of them:

Note: the images are not mine. See credits and links beneath each image.

Alien Orchid (Dendrobium spectabile)
I think it's lovely. This Papua New Guinea Dendrobium is complicated and loud, but I find it very pretty.

Monkey Orchid (Dracula simia)
Apparently there's an orchid with what seems like a face of a monkey. And I found several variations of the plant online. Here they are. And the nice thing about these orchids is they smell like ripe oranges.

Photo by: Eeerkia Schulz from Amazing Tech Zone

Photo by: PhotoMonde

Photo by: PhotoMonde

Photo by: Großräschener Orchids (although, I think they call this Dracula Vampira)

Flying Duck Orchid (Caleana major)
It really does look like a duck, doesn't it?

Photo by:

Naked Man Orchid (Orchis italica)
Now, I find this orchid weird, and visually, I'd like to have this in my garden. My only problem is that they say this type of orchid smells like poop. So, either I reconsider and not get this as part of my collection, or I plant it in the far part of my garden.

Photo by: Captain Cynic

Bee Orchid (Ophrys apifera)
It looks like a humungous insect, alright. It comes in different patterns, too.

Photo by: Jam Jar Flowers

White Egret Orchid (Habenaria radiata) 
Hmm, I think I've seen this before (in person) but I'm not quite sure.

Photo by: Not Over the Hill

Spiral Orchid (Masdevallia caudivolvula)
It doesn't look like an orchid, but apparently it is one. I like it. It looks very happy.

Photo by: Orchids Wikia

Hooker's Lips (Psychotria elata)
While it's still young, the plant resembles these kissable lips. Then becomes more flower-like after it blooms.
Photo by: Amusing Planet 

And so, those are among the ones I'll collect for my summer home. I don't know if some of them would actually grow in our country. And if I do decide to build this summer home I have in my head, I'll have to revise my list. But for now, since it's still in my head, thrive, my pretties!

Have a great weekend!

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