Finally, the rainy season is over and done here in Costa Rica and my garden is beggining to recover. The roses are sprouting dozens of fresh new leaves after having been reduced to ugly bare canes that looked ridiculously naked for weeks. The rain always seems to intensify during the last few weeks of October and most of November and it’s almost as if the rain clouds were being wrung and twisted to get every last drop of water out of them. Now that the sun is out all day, I’ve been busy transplanting seedlings from the paper cups that have been doubling as seed starter pots. My sunflowers are already six inches tall…..Hollyhocks, Marigold and Snapdragon seedlings were transplanted into the garden today and the grape vines got a hefty dose of wood ashes from the fireplace. I’ve been meaning to take pictures of everything with my crummy little cellphone camera but as luck would have it, my daughter’s friend Lucia came over a couple of days ago and just happened to have her amazing Cannon camera with her. She took several beautiful pictures in the garden and I think it’s the first time that anyone has been able to really capture the exact true colors of the flowers. My cellphone camera has officially been put to shame and I now have my first and only New Year’s resolution for 2013. Buy a good camera.