Roses and fruit

Time sure flies. I can’t believe that my last entry was in December when I was setting up my Christmas decor and unwrapping the holiday dishware.  The yuletide decorations have long since been packed away and stored carefully until next year.  And now, it seems that suddenly spring has arrived! The rain has finally stopped, the ground is no longer wet and soggy and my roses have burst into bloom with a display of dazzling colors that feast my eyes every morning as I sip my coffee on the balcony overlooking the garden.

The roses in the first pic came from this bush.

I think I like seeing the many colored petals strewn on the ground almost as much as I like seeing the blooms on the rosebushes.

The white spots you see on the leaves are from a fungal spray that is an absolute must in my humid climate. It washes off when the roses are watered or when it rains. There is no other way to grow roses around here without spraying, otherwise the many aggressive funguses can destroy an entire garden in just a few weeks. That’s one of the drawbacks of living in a rainforest.

I put in a little stone pathway in the very center of the rose garden which is quite helpful, because the garden is on a steep slope that can become quite slippery when it rains. They’re actually faux stones. I made them out of concrete using a large mold that I bought at the home improvement store. I’m hoping that eventually the grass will grow in between each stone and give the pathway a more natural look.

It extends all the way down the slope and leads to the other part of the garden where the fruit trees are.

Most of the fruit trees already have ripening fruit on them. Others are full of blossoms.

I’m crossing my fingers that the birds and squirrels will stay away. In the background you can see my failed attempt at growing grapes. Those vines have been there for at least five years but they never grow more than a few scraggly leaves, let alone grapes. I have not quite yet accepted the fact that grapes don’t do well in a humid rainy cloudforest. But I haven’t yanked them out because I keep hoping a miracle will occur.

The figs are doing quite well. They are starting to ripen, plump and juicy. I see fig compote in the near future.

Hibiscus bushes are reliable bloomers in the garden. These flower continually year round and provide a cheery pop of color even when the other plants aren’t blooming.

My favorite part of the garden however, is the rose garden. I’ve started another little rose garden down below on the left side of the slope with just cuttings from the larger plants. They’ve already rooted and they’re doing nicely. Hopefully next year they’ll bloom as much as their parents do in the garden directly above them.


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