Gardening

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First step in the patio improvements

Our upstairs patio is only used in the evening because it is so sunny.  Well, in the winter we do go out there during the day, but evening is  when it sees us most, once the sun has gone down.  It’s a great place for lounging in the evening, looking up at the stars and listening to the sounds of the neighborhood. We’d discussed adding some sort of shade structure, but we came to the conclusion that we have plenty...

Gardening in the city

Paul and I love plants and gardening.  When we lived in the US we had ten acres and we worked outside all the time.  Part of the time we loved it but there were times where we realized we were working in the garden or yard so much we couldn’t do other things we enjoyed.  With our move to Mexico we decided that we’d try to be a bit more in balance. Our central courtyard was planted just about a...

Crazy plants around here….

Our bamboo is growing really well…and has actually sent off a shoot. I first noticed the new shoot on May 16. Here is a what it measured each day: May 16…….4 inches May 17…….8 inches May 19…….11 inches May 20…….13 1/2 inches May 21…….17 1/2 inches May 23…….25 inches May 24…….29 1/2 inches May 25…….33 inches May 26…….39 inches So, you can see from the above that it has been growing from 3″ to 7″ per day! And we haven’t...

A Tree Grows in Mazatlán

  I am reading (it is amazing to me that I hadn’t read it before) A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. It is a wonderful book, set in Brooklyn in the early 1900’s. I am loving it. The tree referred to in the title is one they called the Tree of Heaven. It grew in the worst possible soil and was the only tree that would even grow out of cement. I think México has a number of...