Jaro Garden Show and Sale 2011

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Every year, at the same time as the Jaro fiesta (each February 2) there’s a wonderful flower, plant, shrub and tree sale at Jaro (Iloilo, Philippines). Growers from all over Panay Island set up their booths in Jaro plaza.  It’s such a treat for gardeners.

Jaro Flower Show

Jaro Flower Show

These are the treasures we took home this year:
Vietnamese Cilantro.  Persicaria odorata  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persicaria_odorata
Holy Basil Ocimum tenuiflorum http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holy_basil
“Popcorn” Bougainvillea http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bougainvillea
Several Heliconia – “Bird of Paradise” (Heliconia Golden Torch) and a red and yellow helicona “Lobster Claw”
Heliconia Golden Torch "Bird of Paradise

Heliconia Golden Torch "Bird of Paradise

Heliconia

Heliconia "Lobster Claw"

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  1. Vietnamese Cilantro

    In many Vietnamese herbal remedies, it is used to repress sexual urges. There is a saying in Vietnamese, “rau r?m, giá s?ng” (“Vietnamese coriander, live bean sprouts”) meaning that Vietnamese coriander has the ability to reduce sexual desires…whow!

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  2. I have to admit that the photos don’t show OUR plants which at this point have been planted and are struggling for survival. These are photos we took at the Montebello Villa Hotel in Cebu City. Yes, north Florida is such a tease. 99% of the time most things tropical will grow so well and then a frost comes along and kills them. When we stayed in the Lake Como area there were lots of abandoned orange groves. The oranges would do OK for a few years and then a killing frost would come.

    One of our favorite places in Orlando is the botanical gardens.

    Keep at that gardening!

    Bob

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  3. Beautiful Birds of Paradise. I don’t have luck with mine. I have a white species that grows like a banana tree. It never bloom, been trying for 16 years. Freeze kills it every winter and grows back on spring. It’s not for Northeast Florida, I guess. I had some luck with Philippine Banana (saba). It produces edible banana fruits

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