After three years, I finally saw Auntie Nida’s tree farm. 60,000 Falcata trees planted. I love those trees, the way their trunks are so white against the green undergrowth, the way they reach up so high with their branches forming into a towering canopy. So pretty. Tita Nida also built some cottages and trellises. I took some photos of the flowers. Here are a few that I love.
If I were to have a serious garden, I’d pick the peanut plant to cover the lawn like a carpet instead of bermuda grass. Of course, that’s going to be a little overwhelming and I still have to research the repercussions on the local ecosystem if ever. Yes that is the geek me talking.
I thought these were black-eyed Susans but then it turns out they’re called morning glories. Why? Their flowers open until noontime and close for the rest of the day. I’ve seen a lot of this flower around town, they’re prolific during the dry season from March until October.
Bees buzzed everywhere and I had to stop occasionally in case a rogue bee might get the wrong idea and sting me. I have a deep fear of getting stung, I keep imagining it would be so painful, I’d die on the spot. Yes, hello irrational fear, nice seeing you again, been a long time since childhood, no? But the bees went about their business. Their loud buzzing filled the trellises and I stood still for a while to get that shot up there, just to get the right moment. It was only until I saw the photo that I realized I managed to get two bees with their butts protruding for the world to see. I couldn’t believe my luck.
In Mindanao, you know where you are just by the trees that are planted on the side of the road. If you see Narra trees, those marbly trunks with patches of pastel-paint-like colors, you’re in Compostela Valley on the way to Davao City. If you see Palm trees, massive ones planted for the purpose of harvesting palm oil by Malaysian farmers, then that’s Agusan del Sur. Agusan del Norte has Gemilina trees lining the highway. Surigao is filled by acres and acres of coconut palms, with a few hectares of Falcata trees dotting the landscape. They are just as tall, but their white trunks stand out against the brown Coconut groves.