While my friend was being shown a room, ever the flower lover, I opted to check out their garden. I was amazed at some of the plants they have since it was my first time to see them. Most interesting was this “butterfly plant” that according to the staff has stages: first it sprouts yellow flowers. The yellow flowers then become green butterflies that later turn brown, thus the name.
Isn’t it amazing? And the green and brown ones do look like butterflies. The staff said the owner got it in Indonesia. Unfortunately, they are not selling this specific plant, which saddened my friend.
I did a Google search and was able to identify the above as Yellow Butterfly Vine (Mascagnia macroptera). According this site, the name comes from the greenish, butterfly-shaped seedpods the plant produces, though it does attract butterflies. Interesting.
At their garden, I also spotted these familiar flowers.
I can name the white cattleya (upper right), the Bengal trumpet (upper left), and the crown of thorns (lower left), and Bengal Trumpet, but not the other three, though I’ve seen them many times before.
These flowers looked familiar, but I couldn’t identify their species.
I also discovered the Ashoka tree, which literally meant sorrowless (the label is spelled Asoka, but most Google sites I’ve seen spell it with an H) . To Hindus, the tree is sacred.
I saw these unfamiliar flowers too. If anyone knows any of these, please leave a comment or send me a message. I specifically would love to identify the white flower with the colorful lavender and yellow-orange center (bottom center) because it looked so pretty.
And here’s my ultimate favorite, which Google identified as Ipomoea quamoclit or cypress vine. Its other names include cyprressvine morning glory, cardinal creeper, cardinal vine, star glory and hummingbird vine.
Aside from these flora, I was also charmed by Neptune Pittman’s landscape and décor. This is their restaurant.
Neptune Pittman’s Garden is located in Buenavista in Guimaras. Contact them via +63 33 580 2286.