Rainy Season Results in the Garden

It’s November 10. Rainy season here on the Nicoya Peninsula in Guanacaste, Costa Rica will soon come to an end, and I have mixed emotions about it. The humidity and breezeless days will soon be gone, but so will the rain. I mean, the rain will be gone completely, and we won’t see a drop of it until March or April. The deciduous trees will all lose their leaves, just like winter in the USA.

But the benefit of all that rain and humidity these past 6 months is fast-growing tropical plants. Mark and I put all these plants in over the past 6-8 months along the hill path behind the house.

The two stands of red cordyline were just short cuttings that I simply stuck in the ground, they weren’t more than a foot tall. Several are 6-7 feet high now. In between them are a couple Song of India dracaenas – they’re a slow growing shrub/tree, but they’re doing pretty good.

Up the hill on both sides of the path are long runs of taro – Elephant Ears; they’re huge! They were just small things when we planted them. There’s two crotons in there on the left side of the path, showing off their yellow, orange and red leaves.

To the right of the crotons are two Powder Puff shrubs – Calliandra’s. One has red flowers and the other has white. They bloom sporadically during rainy season, but they’ll get pretty showy soon.

All the way to the right are the Fire Cracker plants – Russelia Equisetiformis. They bloom a little bit now, but once the weather gets hotter and sunnier, they’ll go nuts. They remind me of asparagus ferns.

Along the top of the wall are six Blue Sky Vines – Thunbergia grandiflora. They took awhile to get going, but now they’re beginning to travel not only up, but also down the rock wall – which was my goal, to break up the rock and add some green and the beautiful lavender flowers, which remind me of orchids.

At the bend in the retaining wall (bottom left) is where the bougainvillea plants begin, and they run along the retaining wall, which continues to the left. The rainy season has been hard on them! They don’t like all that wet and they frequently drop their leaves because of it, and because of so many cloudy days. Soon, however, they’re going to get pretty darn gorgeous with the dryness and tons of sunshine.

What do you think?

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