Mazatlán garden report

April 22, 2012

We enjoy spring in the garden. It is wonderful to see the new growth and change. Of course, learning a new climate, plants, bugs, and chores makes this a work in progress for us.

At the top of this post you’ll see our pot with three cantaloupe plants. They haven’t even bloomed yet but we are very hopeful that we’ll get a few lovely melons. They love the heat, and that’s one thing we can promise them!

Below is a picture of our schefflera (umbrella) tree. We planted it in a large pot several years ago, but by the end of winter it was root-bound and scraggly. Lots of the leaves were yellow and it just looked sad! Since it will likely wreck the pot to try to remove it we decided to chop it off and see if it would regrow. This tree is considered a weed tree, so I thought it might come back just fine. Take a look and see if you agree!

Umbrella tree in Mazatlan

The following picture is of our plumeria, getting ready to bloom. The plumeria is has beautiful pearly pink fragrant flowers that in Hawaii are used to make leis. Here in Mazatlán they are bare sticks all winter, and I always notice them getting ready to bloom about the time all the snowbirds head home to the US and Canada. They miss such beautiful flowers! In nurseries here in México they are called Flor de Mayo.

Plumeria in Mazatlan Mexico

I thought I’d show you how the tropics really accelerate growth. Last August I yanked out of the ground a Coral Bell vine that was in a bad location. Truly, I yanked it out of the ground. I got some roots, but not much. I replanted it where our maracuyá (passion fruit) vine had given up the ghost. We wanted something nice growing on this wrought iron – reused here from another project to block the view into our bodega (storeroom.) Look at it now! I love the beautiful blooms, and so do the hummingbirds.

mazatlan garden

I mentioned before that we had our palm tree trimmed and the blossom clusters removed. You might remember when we first bought this house the central courtyard was a mess. In the picture here you see it as it was – on the right side of the picture is the palm tree shown below. We haven’t even been here five years! Amazing, isn’t it?

Palm tree in Mazatlan

You might have remembered when we remodeled our back yard that we put bamboo at one end to shield us from the apartment building that looms over us. While the birds loved it and it did give us the vertical (three stories worth) line we wanted, it was too much. It is very messy and was always clogging our gutters. Our neighbor didn’t like it either. So we asked Chuy to take all but one little patch out and in its place we relocated several of our pots from around the yard. We feel so much happier and to tell you the truth we don’t even care if we see the apartment any more!


So there you have it, a little tour of our garden this spring!

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I'm Nancy, a US expat living in San Antonio Tlayacapan, Jalisco after 11 years in Mazatlán, México.

    1. The garden looks great. Where do you get good soil?

    1. It really is wonderful to see the change from beginning to what it is now; a veritable garden of Eden. So serene and welcoming. I should really try some container gardening here, but my excuse has always been (even in Maz) “but being near the ocean kills stuff.” Also, the fact that vegetables/fruit is so darned reasonable, but there is great satisfaction in harvesting one’s own crop.

    1. I am so jealous….just when I leave things get perfect!!!

      Cantaloupe!! Caramba!! Be sure to take photos. Hopefully one day I will see my plumeria bloom. If you ever get to the Isla perhaps you can take a photo for me 🙂

    1. Oooooooo my oh my. Im drooling over tour melon plants! They look to be thriving well.

      Is the flor de mayo plant the same as the bean flor de mayo?

      Your garden looks like an oasis! Love the pictures, thanks for sharing 🙂

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