From my Garden

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Those weird Costa Rican tree Dahlias are starting to bloom again. Last week end when I went up to the mountain house I noticed several of the trees in full bloom. There was one in my yard down below the slope and many more in the empty neighboring lots so I decided to pick as many as I could reach. They make nice cut flowers and they’re long lasting.

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The Alpinia bushes that line our property on both sides were heavy with flowers as well. Alpinias make nice cut flowers too. They have long stems and can last up to a week in water. They’re also very colorful and showy.

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I went a bit scissor crazy and I ended up with enough flowers for two vases. Alas, no fragrance to either of these but what they lack in fragrance they make up for in color.

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It rained all week end and even though I was bored to death not being able to go outside, the plants in my garden seemed grateful for the refreshing shower. Off in the distance the alpinias stand out with their red torch-like blooms.

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The tree Dahlias with their pastel lavender flowers can be seen way at the bottom of the slope. They can grow very tall.

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Tree Dahlias are blooming again

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One of the things I like best about living in Costa Rica is the lush greenness and the abundance of tropical flowers growing wild just about everywhere.  The color contrasts are amazing and hues range  from one end of the color spectrum to the other. Last year I was very surprised to see tree Dahlias growing wild in the empty lot next door to our mountain house but this year I was even more suprised to find that a wild Dahlia tree had spouted up in MY garden too!  As soon as I spied the delicate lavender petaled flowers beggining to bloom on the tree I enlisted the help of  Otto,  our handyman  and we cut enough for a bouquet. Continue reading

Tree Dahlias? Really?

This past week end I was up at the mountain house doing some early Christmas decorating when suddenly something colorful caught my eye through the  living room window. In the empty lot next door I saw a tall tree-like shrub with beautiful ruffled lavender flowers. It was just growing there, tall and out of place among the weeds and vines.  At first I thought it was one more shrub with unusually pretty flowers but the more I looked at it the more I realized that the flowers resembled Dahlias. I was intrigued because nobody ever goes into that emtpy lot and it’s pretty much a thick overgrown jungle-like area of virgin land and I know for certain that nobody has been in there planting anything, let alone Dahlias.  I’d also never seen or heard of a Dahlia tree. This thing was taller than me and it had a woody  trunk.  I grabbed my scissors and walked over there, keeping a watchful eye out for snakes (because you never know what might be lurking among the shrubs) Continue reading