It’s that time of year again. Rainy season has officially begun in Costa Rica. Plants have started to perk up as the daily afternoon showers drench and refresh the inhabitants of the garden and quench the thirst of flowers and fruit trees alike. Everything comes alive and I’m reminded of that classic film The Secret Garden, the part when all the beautiful flowers begin to open up and bloom. The soil always has a rich damp smell after the rain and the fragrance of the different kinds of flowers is almost intoxicating.
I keep seeing dozens of emerald throated hummingbirds hovering and fluttering around the Lantana and Sage shrubs that line the property. Some of them are just newly hatched babies, so tiny that I sometimes confuse them with butterflies! I’ve tried to snap pictures of them but they’re so quick, they never hold still long enough to photograph them. My roses are better behaved than the hummingbirds though, and they hold perfectly still for me while I snap their pictures, displaying their best colors for the camera and showing off their shapely forms.
This is Mr. Lincoln
Not sure what this one is called but it reminds me of strawberries and cream
Julio Iglesias, a red and white speckled rose
Double Delight. It’s both beautiful and intensely fragrant!
Heirloom, a dusky purple rose
This rose is a magnet for little bugs. They love to hide inside the petals.
I grew this rose from a cutting and I was hoping that it was one of the cuttings that I took from my Diana Princess of Wales rose, especially since I lost the mother plant to Leaf Cutter Ants, a common pest in Costa Rica. They are relentless and can decimate an entire garden in just a day or two. This is the first bloom on this cutting but as I recall, Diana Princess of Wales had pinker edges so I can’t positively identify this rose yet.
The deep magenta color of this rose doesn’t show up in the picture for some reason.
This rose is so dark it looks black from a distance. It’s actually a maroon/black shade up close. The flowers are a bit smaller than an average sized rose. Unfortunately I don’t know what it’s called.
A little flower bed under the trees
Climbing Joseph’s Coat. I made a pvc trellis for this rose because wooden or metal trellises wouldn’t hold up in the rain.
This banana tree sprung up in my garden. I didn’t plant it, but I’m happy to see it growing there! I can’t wait til that banana racime is ripe!
This is a little Cedar of Lebanon (Cedrus libani) he’s about 3 years old and still pint sized.
These wildflowers grew from seeds that I sprinkled all over this area of the garden
Joining: Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Saturday Show off at The Rose Garden in Malevik