I was reminded today by my friend Kris, that sometimes we get so involved in our lives in Panama that we forget to write about what’s going on. I know I read every blogger word I could find before we moved. Even if it seemed mundane to the writer, I was salivating – waiting for our big move. Now that it’s here, even though we still love Panama, the writing is more and more sporadic.
So, the activity for today – I spent most of the day on the lawn. Luckily we have a gardener who does the unfun stuff like cutting, clipping and disposing of grass and weeds. David used to do most of that when we lived in Florida. Now I can do the lawn things that I enjoy. Planting, trimming, fertilizing and such. One of the big draws about Boquete is its fertile soil. Put it in the ground and it will probably grow.
Panama has tree limb fences. Along the highways you can see that people have taken tree limbs and put them in holes and then run barbed wire from tree to tree. Before long, the branches begin growing into new trees, creating a beautiful fence.
We are nearing the end of dry season so it’s time to get things ready for rain. Two weeks ago I planted some bulbs I got at the Chiriquí Flea Market. They are already about 8 inches tall. I also got another Lipstick Palm for the front lawn and a couple of vines for the back fence. The native flowers are beginning to blossom so they need to be watered.
The native plants are beginning to bloom.
It’s also time to weed and feed the lawn. We get some very unusual weeds. Many have roots that run down to China and have some pretty nasty thorns. Apparently they do very well during the dry season but their life expectancy is coming to an end.
It’s time to fertilize the trees I planted in the fall – right before dry and windy season. They are alive and still look healthy but they need to see a major growth spurt from now until November.
I also planted some kind of pod seed that is suppose to keep leaf cutter ants away from my roses. I replanted some lilies in the front near the cool trees that went in a few months ago.
In another month or so we will be making the trip to Conception and Volcan for fruit trees and other vegetation. Our yard is pretty large and needs more plants. We found a small sapling in the lot next door and replanted it in our yard. We planted several hibiscus a few months ago and they are big and blooming like crazy. The fruit trees are in blossom. Another pineapple top is almost ready to be put in the ground. I routinely throw my papaya seeds in the back lot, hoping that a few will take root when the rains come. I still have passion fruit seeds that I need to plant.
Everything grows in Boquete. And I just heard thunder!! Rainy season is almost here!