The Flowers In My Garden, A Photo Gallery

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Gardening has become a new hobby of mine for more than a year now since I live in my home country Philippines during wintertime in Europe. Leaving Germany for a tropical weather is an opportunity to escape from the cold that aches my bones. Surely, I appreciate the good life that God has given me and of course not to forget the kindness and the understanding of my better half.


That was in the last quarter of the year 2011 when I arrived in my hometown and spent a few months until spring 2012. It was a coming home from a long journey. It was good, but there was something lacking. My mother was no longer there. She´s gone to heaven. I could see that by her absence, our front garden was a bit "deserted". I was upset at the appearance of the garden that I wrote a poem, My Beautiful Orchids. It was not only the orchids which were dying. Other flowers like bougainvilleas, too.


On that first week of my arrival, I started gardening. I planted new plants and I communicated with the old ones. I know it sounds weird, but I do really talk to my plants. I don´t care what other people think about me. Now, the flowers are rewarding me with their beauty that I have to share them with you.

Orchids

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Orchids

Orchids are one of the beautiful flowering plants that I love. They have varieties of colours and fragrances. They are commonly found in the tropical climate countries like Philippines, Thailand, some Central and South American countries. Orchids are cultivated in temperated glass houses in some parts of Europe like in The Netherlands. They are in pots as they are easy to be sold to the customers.


There are many types of orchids:

  • Phalaenopsis or Moth Orchids
  • Cattleyas
  • Dendrobiums
  • Vandas
  • Oncidiums or Dancing Ladies
  • Miltonias

Plumeria, Frangipani, Temple Flowers or Kalachuchi

Plumeria, Frangipani or Kalachuchi flowers
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This beautiful flower has many names. It´s scientific name is Adenium Obesum and it´s latin name is Plumeria. It is usually called Kalachuchi (Philippines), Temple Flower, Frangipani or Desert Rose in other countries.The size of this plant depends on where you plant it. You can have it indoor or outdoor. In a pot or in your garden where it can grow big like a tree. There are pink, white, yellow and in other hybrid colours.

My Kalachuchi blooms often in the garden to my delight. It has an awesome fragrant specially at nighttime. This reminds me of my high school graduation day as I got a necklace from my mother made of Kalachuchi.


Bougainvilleas

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Bougainvilleas are named after an Explorer and French Navy Admiral Louis Antoine de Bougainville. Bougainvilleas are common plants in tropical countries. They are in red, pink, violet, orange and white colour. They are easy to grow in the pots, in the garden and usually used as a climber to cover an old ugly fence.

Bougainvilleas are thorny, showy, beautiful and easy to care flowers and give more blooms when they are in stress. You don´t have to water them everyday and they are pest free. You can even trim them to climb on the walls of your houses as a crown. Whichever you want them to be.

Mussaenda Bush or Dona Aurora

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White Mussaenda or Dona Aurora and Bougainvillea
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Pink Mussaenda or Dona Aurora with bananas and coconuts at the back.
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Pink Mussaenda or Dona Aurora with bananas and coconuts at the back. | Source

Mussaenda or Dona Aurora (common name in the Philippines) is a beautiful bush flower that is easy to grow. It grows from a shrub until it becomes a medium size tree and it is easy to grow. It blooms all year round. The flowers are in bracts, either in white or in pink colour with a yellow small flower at the center of each bracts.

Dona Aurora plant is named after the widow of the First President of the Philippines, Manuel Luis Quezon. She was killed in a massacre in 1949 when she attended the opening of Quezon Memorial hospital. (Source: Aurora Quezon/A Girl´s Notebook)

Mussaenda

Portulaca grandiflora or Moss Rose

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Portulaca grandiflora with Zinnia Elegans and Pepper plant
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Portulaca grandiflora or Moss rose is native to Asia, Argentina and some parts of Brazil. It is a small flowering plant which grows easily up to at least 30 cm long when it is planted in a hanging basket. The leaves are at least 2 cm long, thick and fleashy. The flower has 5 petals and in 2 - 3 cm in diameter. The colours are in red, yellow, pink, white and orange. It needs sunlight, well drained soil and less care.

Portulaca is usually in full bloom at ten o´clock in the morning that´s why in some countries, it´s called Time Flower or 10 o´clock Flower. (Source: Wikipedia)

Heliconia, Birds of Paradise or Strelitzia

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Heliconia or Birds of Paradise is a common name of Strelitzia, a genus perennial plant. It is named in honor of Queen Charlotte of Englands´ birthplace Mecklenburg-Strelitz, which is in the northern part of Germany.

There are more than 100 varieties of Heliconia and they are native to tropical countries of America and Asia. The leaves are similar to banana leaves in appearance, which is ca. 2 feet long and ca. 20 cm wide but has a long stalk. It grows at least 1 meter high. The bracts of the flowers are in red, yellow, green and orange. They are easy to grow and need less care.

Zinnia Elegans

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Zinnia elegans is a wild flower which is native to Mexico. It is named after the German botanist Johann Gottfried Zinn. This flower resembles dahlia or daisy. It is easy to grow in a dry, hot and humid climate. It loves full sunlight and well drained soil. It dies easily when it is transplanted.

There are many varieties of Zinnias. From dwarf (ca.15 cm height) to giant ones, which is about 70 cm high and the flowerheads are from 2 -5 cm in diameter. Some Zinnia gives flowers with different kinds of sizes, colours and in single, doubled or in many layers. The colours are yellow, red, pink, white, orange, bordeaux, cream and violet. Some of the flowers are speckled, bicolor or in stripes. Zinnias attract butterflies, birds and hummingbirds. (Source: Zinnias in my garden)

Zinnia Video

Etlingera elatior or Torch Ginger, Red Ginger Lily or Philippine Waxflower

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Torch Ginger, Red Ginger Lily or Philippine Waxflower | Source
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Torch Ginger, Red Ginger Lily or Philippine Waxflower | Source

Etlingera elatior has many common names. Some call it Torch Ginger, Red Ginger Lily, Torch Lily, Wild Ginger or Philippine Waxflower. Torch Ginger as I like to call it, is a perennial plant. It is native in some tropical and Asian countries. It can grow wild to about 6 meter tall when it´s not trimmed. It has a long stem bud that comes from an underground fleashy rhizomes. It looks like a torch before it blooms and the inflorescence is in red or pink large bracts. It has a waxy petals.

Torch Ginger is the tallest ginger I have ever seen in my life. It´s best planted in a shady part of the garden. It attracts butterflies, bees and birds. The cuttings are beautiful as home ornaments. The unopened buds are edible. They are usually used in Asian cooking.

My Reward


These are some of the flowers in my garden. Birds and butterflies are visiting them everyday. Sometimes I saw a dozen of them flying around the garden, from flowers to flowers. Some of the birds had built their nests on the Birds of Paradise plants, so I hung a plastic bottle half filled with water on a guava tree. Just in case they might get thirsty.


I hope I have not bored you. I was thinking that surely, I can write at least 600 words about my plants. I did not expect that through my research, I learned more about them and that this hub has reached more than thousand words.


Thanks for reading and please leave a comment.


Source: Wikipedia and Aurora Quezon/ A Girl´s Notebook

Torch Ginger Video

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Joanne M Olivieri 3 years ago

What a gorgeous garden and stunning array of flowers. Bird of paradise are not seen too often so that was a treat as well as the zinnias and orchids which are always a favorite of mine and a highlight. I loved this hub and look forward to more of your flowers. Beautiful photographs. Voted up.


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

What a place of beauty, Thelma. I would never want to leave that garden. Lovely job in creating it, and thank you for taking us on a tour.


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Natashalh 3 years ago from Hawaii

I'd never heard of the portulaca grandiflora but it is beautiful! Thanks for sharing your garden.


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Marsha Musselman1 3 years ago from Michigan, USA

Beautiful garden and well-displayed hub.


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pinto2011 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

Hi Thelma! You such a great collection of flowers and plants that your nature loving instinct is outpouring on us. Great Pics. Thumbs Up.


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Hi Joanne! Nice meeting you here. My flowers are really stunning that I could not resist sharing them with my readers. There are still flowers here in my garden that I don´t know the names, yet. Zinnias are the new plants that I have planted and they are awesome to look at.

Thanks for your dropping by and for following me. Have a lovely Sunday!


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Thank you Billy, but I have to leave my garden a few months in a year to be in Germany. My garden are in great hands when I´m not here. Thanks for stopping by. Have a nice day!


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lethag 3 years ago from USA

Beautiful garden..seems like paradise...


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Portulaca is a common plant in the Philippines as well as in other Asian countries. I have not seen this flower in Europe. Thanks for stopping by Natashalh. You are always welcome. Have a great day!


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Thank you Marsha for your visit. I appreciate that.

Have a nice day!


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Hi Pinto! I appreciate your stopping by. Yes, I love nature. I hate it when kids hit the birds with their slingshot just for fun. I saw some of these kids with slingshot in the neighbourhood. I´m glad they don´t shot "my birds" as they are afraid of our dogs here.

Have a nice day!


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bac2basics 3 years ago from Spain

Hi Thelma.

I too talk to my plants, there´s nothing wrong with that, even Prince Charles does it I´m sure.

I loved reading about your garden and seeing the beautiful photographs. Some of the plants you have are also grown in Spain where I have lived for the past 11 years, and you are so correct when you say that Zinnias can die when transplanted, that has happened to me quite a few times, even just taking them from the plastic pot they were grown in at the nursery and putting them into something bigger can do it, thankfully not always though.

Your Mum would be very proud of you for turning her treasured garden back into a a paradise and I´m sure will be there whispering hints and tips in your ear.


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

Thelma, I really don't think this would bore anyone! Unless they hate flowers, but in that case they probably wouldn't be here.

The photos are stunning, as well as the back story. It's nice that you have breathed new life into your garden! Great job. Did it take a long time? It is amazing!

I also really liked hearing about each type of plant. I learned a lot today!

I hope you enjoy your beautiful garden.


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ThelmaC 3 years ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

Thanks for the tour of your garden. It is very beautiful and peaceful!


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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Just beautiful! Thanks for sharing your photos with us.


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Thank you Lethag. It´s a paradise for birds, butterflies and of course for me. Have a nice week!


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Hi bac2basics,

Yes, I have heard about Prince Charles talking to his plants. I think that´s how I learned talking to my plants. He has influence my gardening attitude.

I´m sure my mother would be very proud of me not only about gardening but all the things that I have done in life.

Thanks for your comment. I highly appreciate it. Take care!


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BkCreative 3 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

Thank you so much Thelma Alberts. Spring is slow to come to New York City - and I need a good dose of flowers. As I sit here on yet another rainy cool day - I get to live vicariously - through you and your garden.

And I love love love orchids! Lovely lovely lovely!


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

You´re right Kathryn. For people who love gardening, it´s not boring.

Well, I started gardening in Sept. 2011 and went back to Germany for the summer 2012. I stayed there for a few months and return to my home in the Philippines during winter time in Europe and then continued planting new flowers until now. My cousin and my 2 small nieces (6 & 8 yrs.) are helping me in the garden. They are the one who take care of my plants and my dog Angus when I´m in my 2nd home country.

I learned a lot about these plants for nobody knows the names in english language. So it was google time for me searching.

Thanks for your visit. I appreciate it. I´ll add the photo of my garden before there were not much flower on it. Have a great week!


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

You´re welcome ThelmaC. Thank you for dropping by. Have a lovely week!


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Thanks randomcreative for stopping by and you are always welcome. God bless you;-)


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healthylife2 3 years ago from Connecticut, USA

Thanks for sharing those beautiful pictures of your garden. Always nice to start my day with something so beautiful. Your passion for gardening is reflected in this interesting and beautiful hub. I always loved orchids since I was a child and I learned they are a rare but beautiful flower and now I know so much more after reading this. Voted up!


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janetwrites 3 years ago from Georgia country

I love your garden and those beautiful flowers. I wished I had a garden like yours. I'm living in a city in Germany and I don't have a garden. BTW, my mother also talks to her plants. They indeed grow better. Your hub was very interesting to read and well-presented.


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Sharkye11 3 years ago from Oklahoma

Beautiful flowers! I especially love all that portulaca. I planted twelve packs of portulaca seeds this year. I love mixing them with moon flowers so that the garden blooms at different times of the day. You've truly done a great job, and your plants are indeed rewarding you!


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CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

That's awesome! I have no green thumb (hubby does) but I love the refreshing feeling that we get just by looking at this nature's beauty and bounty--flowering plants. Lucky how you can get back and forth to the P.I. during the winter months *jealous*

Nice, refreshing hub Thelma! Votes up!


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

I wish I could give you some warm weather BkCreative. I know how you feel. I´m glad my garden has helped you live vicarously. I hope spring will come soon to your place. Have a great day!


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Hi healthylife!

You are always welcome to stop by. I love orchids, too. Some of the orchids in the photos above were planted by my mother and I grew up with them. Thanks for your visit. Have a nice day!


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Thank you janetwrites. I live in a city in Germany too, with only a balcony for my flowers. It´s better than nothing. At least I have an oase for me to relax when I´m in Germany and a "paradise" when I´m in the Philippines.

I´m glad I´m not the only Filipina who talks to plants, LOL. Plants really grow well when you talk to them. They love music, too. You´re mom can try it. Regards to your mom and of course to your own family as well. Thanks for your visit-)


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Hi Sharkye!

I never bought portulaca seeds. I had some cuttings from the friends of my sister-in-law. Of course I asked about it and was willing to buy, but the owner just gave it to me. I was glad. My portulacas grow very well and they are always admired by some passers by and some asked for cuttings. People have seen how lovely portulacas are.

Yes, the beauty of my garden is my reward. Thanks for stopping by;-)


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Sharkye11 3 years ago from Oklahoma

Wow! I didn't know they could be grown from cuttings! Thanks for that tip!


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Yes, it´s awesome CrisSp. There´s always a place to enjoy the beauty of nature. Visiting a botanical park is one of them. I do that every now and then in Germany. Mind you, you can get your writing inspiration visiting to a forest or a botanical park. It happens to me many times.

Indeed, I´m very lucky to travel back and fort to the Philippines. Thanks to my understanding and tolerant hubby.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week;-)


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

You´re welcome Sharkye. You don´t have to buy seeds anymore. Just plant from the new cuttings;-)


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vibesites 3 years ago from United States

Thanks for taking us to a "digital walk" in your garden. Stunning photographs! :)


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Thank you vibesites. I hope you enjoyed the "walk". Have a nice day!


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vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

How nice that you can spend your seasons in different countries and have a gorgeous flower garden to enjoy! Thank you for sharing all these photos. I've never heard of the Mussaenda, but bougainvilla and orchids are common in many parts of Peru.


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Hi Vespawoolf!

Yes, it´s nice spending the cold season in my home country which is warm and sunny most of the time. Thanks for your visit and maybe you´ll find Mussaenda plants in Peru one day. Have a nice week!


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hulah cagen 3 years ago

Beautiful colors and blooms!


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Thank you hulah cagen. Have a nice day!


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

Based on the exquisite photos here, Thelma, if you are talking to your plants, then you are certainly saying the right things. Your garden is beautiful! Loved learning about these plants which are new to me: especially the beautiful Plumeria and the very tall Torch Ginger. Thank you for this pleasure.


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

I do think so that I talked the right things to my flowers. Just today my father shook his head when he saw me very happy looking at a new blossom flower in a pot like a child. The first blossom for this flower. Thanks for your visit and have a lovely weekend drbj. Take care;-)


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed the tour of your beautiful garden! I live in S. Fl. where it is warm almost year round, and we grow the same plants you have in your garden.

I talk to my plants, too!! My favorite flowers are the orchid and the rose. If you have never seen a Blue Orchid, I invite you to take a look at my Hub about mine. I have 8 orchids in bloom right now, and I love them.

Oh, your Ginger....I have one, too. They are beautiful.

So nice to meet a fellow gardener here. Voted Up, shared and will Pin to my gardening board.


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The Dirt Farmer 3 years ago from United States

Enjoyed the tour, Thelma. Tropical plants are so gorgeous! They seem larger than life.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

What a beautiful garden! Thanks for sharing it with us!


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Gail Meyers 3 years ago from United States

I am sorry about the loss of your mother. Thanks for sharing the great pictures of your beautiful garden.


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Dolores Monet 3 years ago from East Coast, United States

As a gardener my own self, I love to see pictures of people's gardens and certainly enjoyed looking at your beautiful photos. I understand that creating such a wonderful garden can be quite hard work as well as spiritually rewarding. Thanks for the garden tour! (tweeted and shared)


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joanveronica 3 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

Lovely Hub, fantastic photos, beautiful job! Loved it!


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phdast7 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Thelma - How incredibly beautiful are the gardens of your mother, now your gardens. What a nurturer of nature you must be. Just an incredibly beautiful and fragrant journey (I can almost smell the flowers and plants) through your garden. Thank you so much for sharing with all of us.

Blessings. Theresa Sharing with friends and family.


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Ingenira 3 years ago

Beautiful garden you have. It must great to see them instead of winter scenery.


tattuwurn 3 years ago

Beautiful garden, Thelma! A visual feast. :)


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

That´s great Mary. I have not seen Blue Orchids in real only in some photos online. That must be awesome. I have heard that there´a city in the Philippines with varieties of orchids including the Blue Orchids that are planted and sold to the people. That´s one of my "to visit list" next time I´m here in my home country. I will definitely read your orchid and other hubs.

It´s good to know that I´m not the only one talking to plants. Thanks for your visit. It´s a pleasure to meet a fellow gardener, too. Have a lovely weekend.


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Yes, they are gorgeous and seem larger than life as you have said it. I´m glad you enjoyed it, The Dirt Farmer. Thanks for your visit. Have a nice weekend!


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Thank you and you´re welcome Victoria Lynn. Have a nice weekend;-)


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Thank you for your sympathy Gail. I appreciate that. You´re always welcome to my garden. Take care;-)


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JayeWisdom 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

Thelma...I enjoyed my visit to your charming garden, looking at each of the lovely flowers you grow. Thanks for sharing.

Voted Up, Useful, Beautiful and Interesting

Jaye


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Hi Dolores! I like to look at other people´s garden, too. It´s one way of having a good idea for my own garden. Gardening is a hard work but if you enjoy doing it, you´ll never see the hard work. What you see is the beauty of what you have created and that´s a reward for us. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great sunday!


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Thank you joanveronica for dropping by. Have a nice sunday;-)


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

phdast: how fantastic your comment is! You must have a very good imagination to almost smell the flowers and plants in my garden. I like it. Just like me when I think about the ocean or beach, I can immediately hear the sounds of the waves when I close my eyes. Thanks for your comment and have a lovely sunday!


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Thank you Ingenera. Yes, it is nice to have sunshine and warm weather than a cold and freezing one although I sometimes missed the snow especially at Christmas time at the Christmas market in Germany. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Thank you tattuwurn. Have a nice day;-)


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angryelf 3 years ago from Tennessee

What a beautiful garden! Orchids are my favorite as well!


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Thanks angryelf for your comment. Have a great day!


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

You have such a lovely garden of flowers, great selection I have the Bougainvilleas in orange and purple I enjoy having a beautiful layout of flowers it brings out the beauty of life.


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Thanks DDE for dropping by. Bougainvilleas are beautiful. I have not seen bougainvilleas in purple. It sounds awesome. I wish I would have that color, too. Maybe one day. Have a lovely day!


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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

A beautiful garden, I learned some new flowers that I really wasn't familiar with. I enjoyed your pretty photos. They are simply lovely and make me want to plant all kinds of flowers!


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Your garden is lovely and this a beautiful spread of flowers you have growing.

Very interesting reading as well. Voted up and interesting.


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Hi Rebeccamealey! I´m glad you enjoyed reading my hub. I have only knew the names of most of these flowers when I was researching online. You can imagine how difficult it was. Thanks for stopping by and I hope this inspires you to plant flowers in your garden. Have a lovely weekend!


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Thank you for your nice comment Rajan. I appreciate that. Have a wonderful weekend!


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Both of our mothers are now in heaven. Nice that you can tend some of the same plants that she cared for while she was in that gorgeous garden. You surely have a beautiful one! I was familiar with most of the plants except for the Mussaenda Bush. What a beauty! Many up votes and sharing.


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Levertis Steele 3 years ago from Southern Clime

Thelma,

Your garden is simply beautiful. I adore flowers, but I have very few myself, even though I come from a line of flower lovers. Caring for flowers is not my cup of tea. I only keep those that thrive without much help. My mon often shook her head whenever she came to my house and looked at my small collection. I choose to keep just enough for my space and enjoy the abundance of others. Afterall, most flower lovers enjoy showing off their beautiful work. Whenever I want arrangements in my house, I buy them at a garden center or grocery store.

Thanks for sharing your awesome photo gallery! I am voting up and sharing also.


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Hi Peggy! Whenever I visited the grave of my mother, I brought her a bunch of different flowers from our garden. Some of the flowers I brought for her are newly planted that she had not seen them when she was alive. Thanks for stopping by and for sharing this hub to others. Have a nice weekend!


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Angelo52 3 years ago from Central Florida

The flowers were very pretty. That is an amazing garden you have.


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Thank you Levertis for your nice comment. Everyone of us has different hobbies. I have a friend who has the place for planting flowers, but as you say, it´s not her cup of tea too. It´s okey to buy some flowers for house decoration. There´s nothing wrong about that. Thanks again and enjoy your weekend;-)


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Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

Beautiful flowers! Looks like you have your own little oasis. voted up and beautiful.


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Yes, they are Angelo. Thanks for your visit. Have a nice weekend!


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Thank you Crystal. Yes, it´s my own little oasis. I like relaxing between the flowers and banana trees. I might as well put hanging swing on there, lol. Thanks for dropping by.


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia

Beautiful, my friends. I love all the pictures here and I can imagine how glad I am if I can visit your garden. Thanks for writing and sharing with us. Voted up :-)

Prasetio


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brownella 3 years ago from New England

Great hub, there is nothing so satisfying as walking out in your own garden, surveying your work and bringing in a fresh bouquet of flowers for breakfast. Reading this made me wish I lived somewhere tropical especially since I love Bougainvillea. Thanks for sharing :)


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Good morning Prasetio! I´m glad you like my garden and of course you are very welcome to visit my flowers. That would be nice. Thanks for stopping by. Have a nice weekend!


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

You are right Brownella. That was exactly what I was doing every morning before drinking my tea. How do you know? LOL;-) I could have given you some bougainvilleas when you were my neighbour in the Philippines. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend!


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Shrouds 3 years ago from Malaysia

There are many great flowers photos here,I think you must be very busy doing some gardening in your leisure time,keep it up it is good to keep you busy and a fresh mind actually,I do like flowers too!


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Hi Shrouds! Yes, I was busy with my garden but I enjoyed and I love doing it. Thanks for your visit. I appreciate that. Have a nice day!


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Millionaire Tips 3 years ago from USA

I enjoyed seeing all the beautiful flowers in your Philippines garden. They are so pretty, and so many are different from what we can plant here.


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Thank you Millionaire Tips for your nice comment. I appreciate that. Have a lovely weekend!


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

You have a very beautiful garden. Loved taking a walk in it. Voted up


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Thank you Moonlake. You are always welcome to visit my garden. Have a lovely sunday!


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phdast7 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Thelma - I had to come back to enjoy the garden again. :) I do have a pretty good imagination .... But something else helps me envision and "smell" the garden. My father was in the Air Force and he was stationed at Clark AFB for two years. The summer I was 17 I flew from Georgia (living wit my grandmother so I could go to college) to the Philippines to spend a month with my family. Rain every day avocado and mango trees in the backyard and everything lush and green. Beautiful. :) I hope you are having a wonderful week. Theresa


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

Your flowers are gorgeous!!


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Rosemay50 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

You have a stunning garden. Thank you for sharing your photos, beautiful especially the orchids. You put a lot of work into your garden, now you reap such lovely rewards.


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Hi phdast7,

That was so nice to hear about your wonderful stay in the Philippines. I'm glad I have brought up a good childhood memory of your stay there. I'm sure you had a wonderful time with your father.

Thanks for dropping by again. You are always welcome. Yes I have a wonderful week and I hope you had, too. Have a lovely week!


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Thank you, Audrey. Have a lovely week!


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Thank you Rosemay. Yes, I have worked a lot to make this garden looks beautiful, but it was worth it. I will always take care of my garden as long as I'm there. I hope it is being taken care well at the moment as I'm not there for a few months. Thanks for your visit. Enjoy your week.


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Marsha Musselman1 3 years ago from Michigan, USA

Beautiful. The main picture you used of the Bird of Paradise looks like you live in a tropical forest.

Very nice garden. I hope to have a nicer one as time goes on, right now I don't have much time or money to invest in it, but I'm plugging away as best I can.

From all these comments you can tell how much readers enjoy gardens.

Voted up and pinned.


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Thank you Marsha. I live in my home country Philippines for a few months every year. The forest is a few kilometers away from my house although I have created a little "forest" in my garden.

I wish you will have a nice garden in the future Marsha. Don´t loss hope, it will come sooner as you think.

Yep, I see that too. I have discovered that there are lots of hubbers who enjoy gardening. Thanks for the vote and pin. Have a lovely week!


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

This is oh so beautiful Thelma ;love it and vote up.

Eddy.


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Thank you Eddy. Have a nice week! Take care;-)


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

Thanks for sharing these lovelies with us. I spend the better part of each morning playing with the flowers in my yard . It is so much fun to see the lovelies in another's yard.

Angels are on the way. Voted up and shared ps


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Happy sunday Pstraubie! That´s a great thing to do in the morning, playing with the flowers in our own yard. I am missing that now as at the moment I´m in Germany and I don´t have a backyard here besides flower pots inside the house. Thanks for dropping by and for sharing this to others. Have a great sunday!


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pagesvoice 3 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

Voted up and +++ I thoroughly enjoyed this photo and word journey. Splendidly beautiful is the best way to describe your flowers. I too share your love of gardening and it is always such a joy to see new flowers emerge and blossom.


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Thank you Pagesvoice for your wonderful comment. I appreciate that. Have a great sunday!


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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Thelma, your flower garden is simply beautiful. Thanks for sharing, what an inspiration!


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Thank you Rebecca. I appreciate your stopping by. Have a lovely day!


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

Your garden is so beautiful! I love the Bougainvilleas, I have a pot of them hanging from a tree, they are beautiful! I also have the Rose Moss, planted in full sun, it does so well. Your flowers are just beautiful, thank you for sharing with us! Voting up, beautiful and pinning! :)


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Thank you for your visit sgbrown and for pinning. I appreciate that. Bougainvilleas and Rose Moss love the full sun and they are easy to take care of. Have a lovely week!


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM

Thelma: You have a gorgeous garden and quite a green thumb. I love bougainvilla and we have lots of it in Florida. You have unusual flowers in the Philippines that I have never seen before and they are lovely. How wonderful to get back to the Philippines during Germany's cold winters and then return to Germany for its lovely spring and summer. You are blessed. I so enjoyed reading and viewing this hub - your photos are wonderful.


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Hi Suzettenaples! Thanks for your visit and for appreciating the beauty of my garden and my green thumb. Yes, indeed I´m blessed by God to be able to visit my home country during winter time. I´m glad you enjoyed reading my hub. Thanks for sharing this hub to others, too. Good night!


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thumbi7 3 years ago from India

I love flower gardens. Appreciate anyone who does the hard work of gardening. The photos are lovely. They also look bright and sunny.

Thanks for taking us on a tour of your garden

Voted up and shared


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Thanks for your visit thumbi. I appreciate that. Have a lovely sunday!


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donnaisabella 3 years ago from Fort Myers

Hi Thelma I like gardening and I LOVE flowers, so this was quite a treat/dish for me. I felt like I had left my stuffy office, glaring computer screen, screaming child and walked out into a peaceful, beautiful, garden. You must have spent a lot of time on that garden to make it so healthy and happy. Thanks for sharing. I will be coming for more on this very hub.


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Hi Donna! I´m glad you like my garden. Yes, I have spent a lot of time planting. It was a relaxing time for me after writing online. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!


dreamseeker2 3 years ago

I love flowers! Your hub is awesome and so full of information! Plumeria is one of my favorite scents in candles. Never knew what they looked like before as a flower. Thanks for sharing with us. Voted it up and beautiful! : )


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Hi dreamseeker2! Thanks for your visit. I´m glad you have seen how Plumeria looks like. It´s a beautiful flower. Have a greet week!


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liesl5858 3 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi! Thelma, you got a lovely garden full of lovely flowers. Thanks for sharing your beautiful flowers and garden photos. Voted up.


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Hi Liesl! You are very welcome to visit my garden and thank you for admiring it. Have a nice new week!


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Imogen French 3 years ago from Southwest England

Wow, you have such a beautiful garden, and great photos. I love the orchids and plumerias, I wish I could grow them here in chilly old England. I have a plumeria in a pot in my glasshouse, it was a cutting that I brought back from Hawaii, it grows leaves every year, but sadly it has never flowered yet.


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Hi Imogen French,

Thank you for your visit. You can have orchids in pots in your warm living room. It´s possible to grow and let them flower well as I had orchids in Ireland before. It gives a lot of flowers. About the plumeria, have you tried fertilizer? It needs to be in a warm place too. I hope this flower will bloom soon. Have a great new week!


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oceansnsunsets 3 years ago from The Midwest, USA

Hello Thelma, thanks for sharing the beautiful flowers from your garden. They are quite impressive! It is great to see what grows well in different parts of the world, loved seeing it.


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

You are welcome oceansnsunsets. I´m glad you like seeing my garden. They are more like a colourful mini forest now as some of these flowers are blooming in different colours. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I appreciate that. Have a great week!


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JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

Nice flowers indeed. Mostly in our country especially in the countryside, most houses do have gardens.There are also those within the city despite the fact that there is lesser space. Bottom line, Filipinos love gardens. Which part of the Philippines are you residing?


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

I agree with you JPSO138. A garden is a part of the house in our country. I´m from the south of the Philippines, Mindanao. Thanks for your comment. Good night! Happy weekend!


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kerlund74 2 years ago from Sweden

What a fantastic garden, I love flowers and gardening but have a very small space outside my house. I enjoy your photos, wonderful!


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Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany Author

Thank you kerlund74 for your visit and for your comment. I appreciate that. Have a nice day!


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precy anza 2 years ago from San Diego

Such beauties! :) Thank you for sharing us your photos. I enjoyed the tour in your beautiful garden.


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Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany Author

Thank you very much precy anza for your visit. I´m glad you enjoyed the tour. Have a nice week!


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cat on a soapbox 2 years ago from Los Angeles

Hi Thelma,

How fortunate you are to have such a lovely tropical garden to retreat to when Europe is cold w/ winter! I can imagine the incredible fragrances that go along with this stunning array of flowers that you have lovingly brought back to vigor. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful photos!

All the best,

Cat:)


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Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany Author

Hi Cat,

I am indeed so fortunate to be able to go home to my tropical garden every year when winter is so cold in Europe. Thank you very much for your wonderful comment. Have a nice day!


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thomdrilling 2 years ago

Great photos ...I like the Portulaca grandiflora the most


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Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany Author

Thank you very much for your visit thomdrilling. Portulaca is one of my favorites. Have a nice day!


Regina 2 years ago

Hi Thelma,

You have beautiful garden. I live in Europe . I have many beautiful flower . I can give you some plants or seeds. Please write to me, E-mail, strusie3@wp.pl


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Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany Author

Hi Regina,

Thanks for your wonderful comment. That is great. What kind of seeds do you have? I will be glad to contact you soon. Have a nice day!


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RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

How lovely that you are able to live between Germany and the Philippines on a season basis, enjoying the best of both! Some of your flowers are common to our area but there is one I would like to add to my garden. The mussaenda would be a wonder to enjoy with its beautiful year round blooms, but I'm not sure our climate would be good for it. Thanks for sharing your photos with us!


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Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany Author

Hi RTalloni!

Yes, I am so lucky to enjoy both of the best of my countries. Mussaenda is a beautiful flower and it is easy to plant. You can plant this flower in a pot and put this inside the house during winter time as this is a tropical flower. Thanks for your wonderful comment. Have a lovely day!


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

How beautiful! to live in two different countries must be awesome, I am useless at growing flowers and plants, I would love a beautiful garden! voted up and shared! nell


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greatstuff 2 years ago from Malaysia

I just came across this hub of yours and it's almost 18 months since you wrote it. I bet your garden has better and more beautiful blooms now. I love all the plants that you have esp. orchids and helicons. Maybe you should update and shows us the latest photos!


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Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany Author

Hi Nell! Thank you very much for your visit and for sharing this hub to others. Yes, it is wonderful to live in 2 different countries but it also needs money for the tickets. Good night! Have a great week!


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Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany Author

Hi greatstuff! Oh, yes I can update this hub as my garden has plenty of flowers now. Thanks for reminding me this. I will do that as soon as possible. Thank you for your comment. Have a nice week!


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tobusiness 23 months ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Thelma, this hub is a veritable feast, not only for the eyes but for the soul. I could easily sit here and happily scroll from image to image. Your story about finding the garden in a sad state, reminded me of when I returned to the Grenadines after the death of my own mother.

Your orchids are glorious, zinnias were the first flowers to bloom in my very first garden. A real pleasure.


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Thelma Alberts 23 months ago from Germany Author

Hi tobusiness! I am glad that you like what I have written. I have more flowers in my garden now which were not yet there when I wrote this hub. I think I will write another about my garden.

Sorry to hear about your mother. Thanks for your wonderful comment. Merry Christmas to you and advance happy New Year 2015.


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colorfulone 22 months ago from Minnesota

Thelma, your love for flowers shows brightly in the colorful gardens that you care for. Thank you for sharing so many pretty photos.


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Thelma Alberts 22 months ago from Germany Author

Hi Susie aka colorfulone, thanks for your nice comment. I appreciate that. Have a nice day!


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ChitrangadaSharan 22 months ago from New Delhi, India

What an amazingly beautiful hub!

I love growing flowers but do not have so much space. So most of them are in pots. But my heart is filled with joy, each time a new bud comes out.

Your garden looks amazing and I love each variety of flower displayed above and their beautiful pictures.

Thanks for sharing this wonderful hub, voted up!


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Thelma Alberts 22 months ago from Germany Author

Hi ChitrangadaSharan,

Thank you for your wonderful comment. You know, I am not near to my garden now as I am in my adopted country Germany. My garden is taken care of my cousin now as I am very far away and the flowers are getting plenty. She updated me every week while I´m away. I hope to be able to be there before this year end. Thanks again for your visit.


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nancynurse 22 months ago from Southeast USA

Hi Thanks for commenting on my orchid hub. I love the ones growing in your yard. They are beautiful. How special to have them in the tree. Thanks again. Nancy


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How to - Answers 22 months ago from Ireland

What a fantastic article about your garden in the Philippines and how lucky you are to be able to spend some time there every year.

Butterflies and birds in the garden always brings me a lot of pleasure too

Thank you for sharing your garden with us. Voted up and shared


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Thelma Alberts 22 months ago from Germany Author

Hi nancynurse,

You are very welcome. Yes, having the orchids hanging on the trees are special and beautiful to look at. Have a nice weekend!


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Thelma Alberts 22 months ago from Germany Author

Thank you very much for your wonderful comment How to - Answers . I appreciate that. Yes, I am lucky to be able to spend some time every year in my home country. I hope I can do that this year, too. Happy weekend!


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FlourishAnyway 21 months ago from USA

What a beautiful hub. Especially with all the snow on the ground your beautiful garden makes me dream of warmer weather.


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Thelma Alberts 21 months ago from Germany Author

Thank you very much FlourishAnyway. Yes, it´s nice to have a warm weather again. I hope spring will come soon. Happy Sunday!


Annie Sabeniano-Espiritu 15 months ago

What a beautiful hub! Thank you for sharing your garden. It reminded me to strive for one of my bucket list...to have my own garden full of different flowering plants.

I love the flowers especially "Etlingera elatior or Torch Ginger, Red Ginger Lily or Philippine Waxflower" (now I know the name of the this flower)

It reminded me of my mother...she had a garden full of these flowers. When she died last July 2014, we discovered that most of our neighbors in Bicol have them in their gardens courtesy of my mother. They also shared that my mother regularly bring those flowers to church.


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Thelma Alberts 15 months ago from Germany Author

Hi Annie Sabeniano-Espiritu,

Thank you very much for your visit. Sorry to hear about the death of your mother. I did not know the name of Torch Ginger until I accidentally saw the flower online and checked it out and voila I knew the name.

It´s easy to plant that flower in your garden and you don´t have to take care much of it unless you have to cut the branches when they are tall. This plant thrive so fast. I mostly bring this flower to the grave of my mother and I use them as ornament inside the house. Thanks for your visit. Have a nice day!


queenie o. 12 months ago

Hi Thelma,

Just now found your post and pictures here and on pinterest! It's fun to see another Philippine gardener, and I'm excited to read all your posts.

If you'd like to follow my pinterest garden picks, look for my Philippine related boards there at queenie o.

Thanks!


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Thelma Alberts 12 months ago from Germany Author

Hi queenie o! I have check your Pinterest account and I like it. I am following you now. I see you live in my home country. It´s great. Thanks for reading my posts. I´m glad to know you. Enjoy your life there and be careful.

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