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They may look fragile but they’re really tough

Over a year ago, I posted photos of empty planters on top of two posts on the garden fence and another on the corner of the second floor balcony. You can see them here. I had forgotten about them, lost in the frantic pace of our day-to-day lives. Then, a month or so ago, I noticed that one of the three planters had been planted with flowers. Who did it, I don’t know. Perhaps, the former house helpers. Perhaps, our ex-gardener.

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Alex took this photo last Sunday. As fragile as those flowers may appear, they survived the torrential rains of typhoon Ondoy. The soil did not get washed out and the flowers did not drown either. And that planter, and the two others like it, have no drainage at all. That’s why I was at a complete loss last year trying to decide what to plant in them.

I suppose that means that whatever that plant is, it likes water. And its roots keep the soil intact.

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That’s how they looked yesterday afternoon. Bright, blooming, thriving.

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It’s nice to think that these flowers are like people. Tougher and more resilient than they appear to be.

UPDATE on October 15, 2009 @ 10.12 p.m.

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We found more of these flowers in a trough — this time, the flowers are violet. Speedy decided to replant them in the planter on the post near the garden gate to empty the trough so he could use them for the herbs we bought yesterday.

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In the comment thread below, Crisma is wondering if these are indeed Asystasia gangetica, commonly known as Chinese violet.

I searched Google for images of the Asystasia gangetica and found the edges of its leaves to be straight. If you look at the photo of the flowers in the trough (above), the edges of the leaves are jagged. So, I’m not really sure if these are Asystasia gangetica. If anyone out there knows what these flowers are, we’d all like to know. :)

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