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Planting seeds

I thought that the colder weather was over. I even stored our down comforter in an airbag and put it away. This is a very lightweight comforter and I always feel a bit disoriented when I put it on the bed. The weather continued to warm up, so I put the blanket away, now the blanket is back on the bed. It’s been cool at night and since we run the ceiling fan for air circulation all year round, we need something in the way of covers.Lately, in the morning I’ve been wearing a light sweater. In the afternoon, the weather has mostly been a more Merida-like 80 or higher. Therefore in the mornings I have been gardening. I transplanted 3 bougainvilleas from under Bugamzilla (my giant bougainvillea) to pots on the roof. They are looking a bit sad, but I expect that they will revive. Bougainvilleas don’t like to be transplanted, but they weren’t thriving in their old location.I ...

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What is this plant?

How are you at mysteries? I planted a lot of seeds last year, among those were these plants, I think. Here is my dilemma, these came up where I had planted abuliton, after while I realized that they obviously were something else. I had tried to start some daturas and brugmansias from seed, but nothing sprouted.At first I thought that these may have been the brugs since they are notoriously slow to germinate. I was very excited. As time passed and passed and they didn’t get much bigger, I discarded that theory and decided that they were volunteers.Today, I tried to figure out what they were, I searched on the net for ways to indentify plants by leaf. I didn’t have much success because most of the sites that I found were for North America.Now,I am back to my original hypothesis, I think that they may be Brugmansia. I didn’t find much information about growing them from seed, but it ...

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Garden Photos

Yesterday, there were several passionflower blooms on this vine, today I had to climb a ladder to take this picture. This is a crown of thorns that I have on the roof. My dog discovered that he could hop up on top of the wall and run on the neighbor’s rooftops, this strategic placement, discourages his roaming.This is the view from the roof. I am looking forward to the day that this bougainvilleas get large enough to tumble down the wall.I shot this through my new lavender bougainvillea looking at the top of the terraza.Here is my new tropical area as seen from the roof. You can click on the photos and they should enlarge. These photos were taken at ground levelI like this photo a lot.

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Gardenbloggers Geography Project

While I suppose I am not a pure garden blogger, gardening is one of my passions and I do blog about it. Bloomingwriter is one of the blogs that I regularly read. I admit to a bit of jealousy when I see what she can grow, but I don’t think I am ready to trade my Mèrida heat and humidity for her snowfall. Where am I going with this? I have decided to participate in the Gardenbloggers Geography Project. In this project you write a post about where in the world you are,well here is where a quote is better than paraphrasing: “Tell your readers a bit about your hometown, your state, province…something that really tells us where you are in the world. What’s really special about your community? Pretend you’re trying to entice visitors to the region, and remember—what might be obvious to you isn’t necessarily obvious to even the blogger in the community next door. Use maps, photos, ...

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plants,plants,plants!!! and their names!

While we were in Panamà, we stayed in a hotel with overlooked the heart of David, Parque Cervantes. What I found especially endearing is that some enterprising nursery put signs on most of the plants with their scientific name and common names. All these plants grow here in the Yucatan too! So finally, I have the names for some of the plants in my own garden! This is called Jazmin flor chico (small flowered jasmine) the sign said that it’s latin name is Jasminum sambac, but Jasminum sambac doesn’t look like that, I think it’s Jasminum multiflorum or star jasmine,. What do you think? I was excited to see this plant in the park, just before I left on our trip I had bought one at the Merida English Library ongoing plant sale. Now I know that it’s latin name is Ophiopogon jaburon “varigata”, the Spanish common name is Opiopgon, the English name is White Lilyturf, and maybe I’ll get ...

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Pity the poor SOB gardener

All you NOB (north of the border) gardeners are looking at seed catalogues, planning your gardens, even starting a few hopeful seeds, while I am winding up my gardening season! If I don’t get it into the ground this week before El Dia de Amor y Amistad (Valentines Day!) it probably won’t survive. Why? Because summer is coming!We don’t really have spring or fall, we have a warmish, even cold time of year from November to February, then hot and humid in March and April then the rains start in June sometimes July and it starts to cool down but is still hot just not as humid, the evenings are a delight. Actually, it’s ideal eggplant weather.Planting season is July and August, which just seems so far away that it may as well be next year.This last week I have been planting and transplanting. I got some inspiration while I was in Panamà. Inspired by a garden I saw in ...

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crafts and pets

Many of our friends have lovely elegant houses, grown-up houses. Ours is more whimsical, when people enter the house, if they are Yucatecan their first comment is “Muy Mexicano”, which I choose to take as a complement. The colour choices are bold and bright, but my reasoning was that we are going to have to repaint every few years anyway, I can afford to take chances! This iguana is made of resin, he has fooled more than one person into thinking that he is real. We imagine that the little geckos come up and look at him in awe. They tell their children about the statue mysteriously being placed by alien beings. The pot also contains a double Phoenix roebeleni (pygmy date palm) and in the background is a huge diffenbachia. This little bird planter was a gift from one of our friends, it is carved from a coconut shell. I just put the bromeliad in it. In the fork ...

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Garden Photos

I have been technologically challenged the last few days, my sewing machine needs a tune up, I think and when I went to take photos, all the rechargeable batteries were uncharged! But I went out this morning and took lots of pictures.Since I really like them here are a few of the bougainvilleas. This pot has white with pink variegated and magenta, it’s recovering from an ant attack. This one is pink, it’s in a pot with lantana and a copa de oro (mandeville). In the background you can see the bananas. This red beauty didn’t bloom until I transplanted it to the roof and into the large pot. I have a magenta bougainvillea sharing the pot. When I was dragging this huge cement pot into place I dropped it and it cracked, I had some liquid nails, I can’t remember the real name, but I took a chance and glued the pot back together. The cracks are on the ...

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Some plant photos from the other day.

These are my beds after I transplanted and weeded. The vine on the pole is Clitoria ternatea I believe the common name is butterfly pea, I acquired the seeds on a walk, they are called something like zapatita here. The purple plant is the Persian shield (Strobilanthes dyerianus) that I bought at the plant fair, I don’t know the local name since the “helper” thought that it was a coleus..The tall spiky thing is really two Dracena marginatas that La Muchacha gave me as cuttings off her plant. Wonderful plant, I just stuck it in a pot and it rooted. Just in front of those is a Ti plant (Cordyline fructicosa) probably the variety called pink sister, I bought it off the plant cart lady as a dracena, but it isn’t one. There is another in the background, they get quite tall here. The flowering plant was sold to me as pentas, it is called Egyptian Star Flower in English ...

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The battle of the bugambilla

My garden has been neglected, it was bordering on neglect before I left, and while Husband and La Muchacha watered while I was gone, the more exotic tasks like pruning and transplanting are mine. The weather this morning was perfect for gardening. So I once again started more projects than I could finish. I don’t know if I have mentioned that I haven’t had a great deal of luck with starting things from seeds here. It could be a combination of things, my inexperience, timing and the birds and insects feasting on the tender seedlings. I have a plan to deal with that, but one of the plants that did come up were cannas. I planted canna undica or birdshot cannas from Thompson & Morgan’s Online seed catalogue and since I had been having such rotten luck I planted all my seeds in one place, so of course, they all came up, and the vermin didn’t eat them. So I ...

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