Year-Round Color and Sound
|These Tropical Flowers Bloom Year-Round|
One of the splendors of living in tropical México is the year-round beauty in our garden. Plants are always blooming, some all year long, some for a season. Green is the background color all year, with vibrant pinks popping out throughout. Orange flowers bring the hummingbirds. The bougainvillea bring other birds for the shade and a meal of insects. The red berries hanging from a palm tree bring the chachalacas.
|Vibrant Pink Leaves Popping Through the Papaya Tree|
|Red Berries in the Palm Tree Bring Chachalacas|
Bougainvilleas Bring Groove-Billed Ani Birds
Fruit-bearing plants including papaya, bananas, and pomegranates, grow well in our yard, only requiring weekly watering during the dry season. So, I decided to try planting a Roma tomato seed in one of my pots this spring. It not only sprouted and is climbing up a column of our terrace, reaching for the roof, but it is also producing nice-sized tomatoes.
|We Have a Small Bunch of Bananas This Year|
|Our Roma Tomato Vine is Reaching for the Roof|
One of our favorite bright spots in the garden is our poinsettia plant from Christmas 2016. After Christmas that year, I plunked it into a pot where it gets afternoon sun for a few hours each day. I ran two one-gallon drippers from my irrigation system to the pot so it gets watered weekly during the dry season from October through May. It has grown to be three feet tall with amazingly bright red flowers that have lasted from January through spring.
Then our plumeria and orange hibiscus begin blooming, bringing more hummingbirds. What a wonderful addition to our already vivid garden, letting us know it’s spring in the tropics.
Our small water feature creates a wonderful bubbling background sound in our garden. It brings hummingbirds, Yellow-winged Caciques, and little Yellow Warblers to the fountain to bathe and drink while sitting on the bubbling rock or in the pool of water. Jon built it from a small pond pump, a plastic plant pot, and various other parts. Watch the short video below to enjoy the musical sound it makes. To view the video online, click HERE.
|Our Bubbling Water Feature Brings Birds|
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