|Step into my main garden from the driveway or back door of house.
Surrounded by the trees and other flowers of neighbors.
You know you are in a tropical place!
|Here a garden is really your whole yard and terrace and that is true for me.
With watering during the dry season, my “front yard” jungle has grown,
especially the Cecropia or Guarumo tree, many palms & flowers on a slope.
|One is a Nance Tree which by July will have little yellow fruits I can eat!|
|Bougainvillea is blooming on my terrace and down below on the slope.
There was not one here when I came and I consider it the quintessential
tropical flower I got used to in Florida and The Gambia. I have two now!
|The largest of my 4 Heliconia plants.|
|The brightest of my Heliconia plants.|
|The smallest of my Heliconia plants.|
|And the most prolific of the 4 Heliconia plants.
It greets you at the driveway next to the Plumbago.
|Red Ginger is all over my garden & prolific.|
|Lantanas are my border and called multiple things here. Grow fast!
I have to cut them back regularly or they become shrubs!
That is something like a Florida White Butterfly here today.
|A type of Petunia that blooms abundantly every morning, then by
mid-afternoon the blooms have all dropped to the ground.
More the next morning! Year-around.
|Flame Vine in English or Triquitraque in Spanish which
literally means “firecracker” in Spanish
|Flame Vine or Triquitraque|
|Plumbago is beautiful and my most prolific bloomer. My background plant.
But it grows so fast I have to cut it back every few months, losing some color.
But it blooms year-around and especially on the new growth after trimming.
|“Crown of Thorns” is what Lynda called it.
I bought at Don & Lynda’s Moving Sale.
|Aloe Vera – I’m always ready for burn! 🙂|
Sorry I made so many photos this morning! And that is not all of my garden! 🙂 I love it!
And this is very near the end of the dry season, meaning we have had no rain since November. I water most everything every two days. It is work but worth it! I even have green grass which is rare here this time of year. And it has been especially hot this summer or dry season. So my garden has been a lot of work! That is what it takes to have a piece of paradise! As Rudyard Kipling says . . .
“Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful!’ and sitting in the shade.”
― Rudyard Kipling, Complete Verse