The panorama on the sunrise side: an awesome view of Malarayat

The quiet panorama on the sunrise side of the farm: an awesome view of Mount Malaráyat and the river below the gap.

25 June 2011

The Fern Garden

Enchanting lace-like Davalia and Drynaria leaves. 
On a paved courtyard next to the main cabaña is the fern garden, a section of the farm with mature mango trees that host a variety of epiphytic and terrestial ferns.

Perched on the branches are an assortment of aspleniums (dápô), drynaria (pakpak-lawin),  platycerium or staghorn (capa de leon), nephrolepis, goniophlebium, and davalia.

It is an enchanting part of the gardens; anyone can't help but be mesmerized by the intricately-leaved ferns of various patterns and sizes. Most of the ferns are endemic to the Philippines and are cultivated by us from our own spores.

Allied with the ferns are other epiphytes that naturally grow alongside them: orchids, hoya vines, gingers, and other tropical wonders.

There are also terrestrial ferns like maidenhairs (culantrillo), angiopteris (pakông kalabaw), and cyathea.

These also grow side by side with alocasias, aglaonemas, philodendrons, caladiums, and dieffenbachias. And on one side of the courtyard is a trellis that hosts one of the jewels of the Philippine rainforest: the jade vine.


  1. Lovely ferns, they look like delicate lace :) The jade vine is so perfect and brilliant that it looks unreal! Cool!

  2. The fern garden is my pride and joy...

  3. I love ferns too --- they remind me of Lola Ima's garden. And I love the way you positioned them in your farm :-)

  4. I love you fern garden. They make me feel like I'm in the Amazon. I'm quite into gardening myself. i wanted to create a fern garden but the humidity here in our place just won't let that happen. :( I suggest though, you acquire a Capa de Leon or Staghorn fern, they look surreal and alien-like yet quite captivating. They'd look good in your garden as well! :)