Another Garden

Today, Cynthia, Armando, and I went to visit friends who needed to thin some of the plants from their large gardens. Like being at a nice plant nursery, there was a lot of variety, and the selection included plants other than those that we put in the front garden. We lumbered out of there with a pickup truck full of greenery. Thank you very much C&C for your generosity!

Here are some photos of the new garden. At this point the plants look a bit dazed and confused, but with some good hose watering and the rainy afternoons, they should rebound and fill the space in no time. The garden hose on the ground marks the boundary of the new garden. Here, Armando works fast and furious (shouldn’t it be fastly and furiously?) against the rapidly advancing thunderstorm. As soon as the rain started, I pulled Armando inside for lunch; seven people have been killed by lightening in the recent past:

In the foreground, Cynthia is preparing three new hanging pots of asparagus ferns. Thin and spindly now, they should fill out in a few months.

A brief downpour halts work on the garden, but almost everything is planted:

The once lonely palm in the middle of the garden now has a lot of new neighbors. Most of the new plants are green or variegated without a lot of flowers, but one new plant is the “torch”; it has a large red flower that you can see at the right side of the next photo:

We will get a few yards of rock and Armando will make a border around the garden just as he did for the garden at the front of the property.

We also managed to get some nice ferns planted in the new planter at the east side of the carport. A good addition we think; these ferns won’t grow much higher, leaving the bamboo-in-pots to fill the upper space:

The ferns will spill over the wall:

Armando has taken a lot of time off in the last week or two for family business; this is the time of the year for Semana del Campesinos, a week-long event where schoolchildren learn about Panamanian Folkloric culture. The week ends with a parade with ox-drawn carts loaded with flowers and youngsters wearing traditional Panamanian dress. Here is a photo of a young brother and sister:

The Interior of Panama is accordion country. If you can’t stand accordion, don’t turn on the radio here!

Patiently waiting:

In addition to time off, Armando also has had to cut the grass at our rental house and at our new house, burning up at least a week of time. But here and there, he has been able to chip away at laying blocks for our hydroponic greenhouse:

That’s all for now. I’m bending under pressure to write my next post, so more soon…


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