Saturday, October 14, 2006

Blossom Time in Chacala

Today, Saturday it rained all day, but finally in the late afternoon there was a break, and I went out looking for new flower blossoms around the house. I ran into Trini, and kept taking photos as we walked around town and talked. This (below) seems like an Ipoema, Morning Glory to me, but who knows. It's on a vine. Sometimes similar blossoms like this are on shrubs here.
This little orange flower (below) is growing in huge drifts all over the hillsides around town. I really like them. They are so bright and they keep right on blossoming.

Papayas (below) seem to have fruit year-around in the Chacala area, as oppposed to Mangos, which are harvested May thru July, more or less. This small group of Papaya trees is close to the house. There are lots of "wild" papayas around here. I assume they have grown from seeds tossed into the "jungle" from the road, but who knows? I love the symetryThis plant (below) is in the front garden of Aurora and Benjamin, who live in the almost-the- last house walking up the paved road. A new house is going up right next door. It looks like "Love Lies Bleeding" to me, or at least some kind of Aramanth. The Zinnia's in front are a big favorite around Chacala. They reseed very easily and look cheerful, I guess. I never much liked Zinnia's. They look like those plastic flowers to meThese sweet little coral red flowers seem to be growing on vines growing over shrubs. They just started blossoming this week.

These low-growing plants are all over, all of a sudden. One has red blossoms and the other had yellow blossoms. They look familiar but I don't know what they are.
This plant (below) loooks kind of a like a Tansy to me. But, again, who knows.
This isn't very clear, but it looks like a single snapdragon blossom.
I like these little spheres, they look like Allium seed pods. I don't think that's what they are.
I have learned alot a few days ago about plants in general, from reading a "gardening" blog called, "A Neo-Tropical Savannah". The post I read tonight was a primer on understanding the naming and labels for plants, and really, of all living things. I have to much to learn.

6 comments:

Ki said...

Great tropical plant pictures. I do miss eating papayas on a regular basis. That small round ball flower is some kind of acacia. Related to mesquites. We saw a lot in Hawaii. It grows in stands about 10-15 high. Makes wonderful bean poles.

Ki said...

Great tropical plant pictures. I do miss eating papayas on a regular basis. That small round ball flower is some kind of acacia. Related to mesquites. We saw a lot in Hawaii. It grows in stands about 10-15 high. Makes wonderful bean poles.

Ki said...

Great tropical plant pictures. I do miss eating papayas on a regular basis. That small round ball flower is some kind of acacia. Related to mesquites. We saw a lot in Hawaii. It grows in stands about 10-15 high. Makes wonderful bean poles.

Teo said...

they (the bright orange blooms)
look a lot like tithona to me

teo said...

pretty sure that lowest red one
with the feathery foliage is
cypress vine (cardinal climber vine
, in the morning glory family.

TJ loved it and there's a lot of it at Monticello

I love it when a plant I actually
recognize turns up down there. it
seems so improbable

Robert Brinkmann said...

Your blog is really amazing!! I just love checking in on it. Thank you for doing it!! I am learning so much about the Tropical Plants in that part of the world!! Plus, it is always interesting to see another culture through another's eyes.