What’s New in the Garden

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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.

One of several colors of Portulaca that are growing among the garden steps. The purple one in the first picture is also a Portulaca.

One of several colors of Portulaca that are growing among the garden steps. The purple one in the first picture is also a Portulaca.

Blue Bachelor Button

Blue Bachelor Button

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A yellow Gazania

An orange Gazania

An orange Gazania

Gazanias are sun loving plants that don't do well in the rain. These survived the rainy season because they're growing in an area of the garden that is partly covered by the roof.

Gazanias are sun loving plants that don’t do well in the rain. These survived the rainy season because they’re growing in an area of the garden that is partly covered by the roof.

I grew this dark purple rose from a cutting that my mother sent me. It's called Heirloom.

I grew this dark purple rose from a cutting that my mother sent me. It’s called Heirloom.

This yellow and orange bi-color rose is a prolific bloomer.

This yellow and orange bi-color rose is a prolific bloomer.

These fuzzy/hairy brown mushrooms were growing wild down at the bottom of the slope in the garden. They look kind of scary.

These fuzzy/hairy brown mushrooms were growing wild down at the bottom of the slope in the garden. They look kind of scary.

Even dandelions look good with Lucia's camera

Even dandelions look good with Lucia’s camera

Gypsophila

Gypsophila

Lavender Tree Dahlia. These grow wild everywhere around here.

Lavender Tree Dahlia. These grow wild everywhere around here.

It's so nice to have sunny, blue skied afternoons now. No more rain until April. Yay!

It’s so nice to have sunny, blue skied afternoons now. No more rain until April. Yay!

Joining Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home                                                                                                                                 And                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage

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3 thoughts on “What’s New in the Garden

  1. Oh my gosh. Just glorious. You have such talent and a gift to be able to “make” these beautiful flowers!! They are stunning.

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