THE SPECIAL PAGES
When there is just too much of one type of plant to put in
a single lettered page, I have created special pages which
me to use all the photographs I
have. I hope you enjoy seeing them as much as I have enjoyed
them in a neighbor's garden or in a botanical garden somewhere
else in the world.
These are some of my very favorite plants. They are extraordinary plants that
usually require hot, full sun and a not inconsiderable space in the garden.
Even given that, I would recommend having one or two for their dramatic presence.
Long known for their healing properties, aloes have had little
appreciation for their beauty and that's a shame as
you will see.
are some of the great amaryllis which we have had in pots
and in our gardens since we enjoyed them so much at our
One of my all time favorite
flowers the angel trumpet comes in all colors and distinctive
Anthuriums are truly tropical and exotic plants and can be
enjoyed the world over, inside and outside.
Bananas and plantains, who can say enough? Perfect packaging, wonderful
taste, versatile and rich in flavor and all in a food that is good for you
all time favorite recipe for banana bread.
This has always been one of the most popular shady garden flowering plants. The
foliage is often lovely as are the flowers. As an added bonus most begonias
are easy to care for. As with coleus these might be very good plants to introduce
into a children's garden as they would most likely have good luck with these
Botanical Gardens are
always our first stop if we are visiting a new city or
small country. The variation and health of the plants often
us a clue
its people feel about
their country and its biodiversity.
Here in Panajachel, the magic colors of Bougainvillea brighten
my life daily as I look out my window while writing
about plants and their mysteries.
I came to admire these enormously interesting plants rather
late in my gardening career. Now I can't get enough of
and Succulent Mysteries
Over the years I have developed a passion for
these plant survivors. I left behind a cactus garden at
our home in Montserrat in the Caribbean, but I have a new
one well underway here at Lake Atitlan. Sadly I have no
idea what most of them are. I will really appreciate hearing
from you if you have knowledge to share.
Calatheas are the warm climate gardener's answer to
ground ivy in northern climates. But, they are
so much more. Have a look.
These are a wonderful and dependable staple in any tropical
After living in Mexico for over fifteen
years, I developed a fondness and deep appreciation for
the use of chiles in flavoring food and in curing what
hope I will
you to see what
really adds spice to their lives and food . . .
CHILES of all kinds and sizes and flavors.
Do take a look
at a terrific Adobado recipe given to us by a woman who
have a special place in my heart for however long I roam
this earth - Felipa Martinez.
is one of my very favorite families of plants for a
warm climate garden. From the twining bleeding
heart to the left to what
affectionately called our gorgeous "q-tip plant,"
you'll find very easy to grow and flexible plants that
please you every day all year.
These are not my favorite plants even though
they are hardy and almost indestructible. Normally that
would make me feel very kindly to them, but I think our
relationship started too early and just wore itself out.
HOWEVER, I think these are perfect plants to teach children
about the garden. They will love the colors and leaf
shapes and they will never be disappointed by a death.
Now that I'm remembering, my roommate Deborah S. attending
the Rhode Island School of Design was very taken with
my coleus plants and became a devoted gardener forever
because of them.
This is not one of my favorite plants I think because I always
saw too many pretty sad examples growing inside offices
in New England. Still there are a few that we had in
our garden in Montserrat that overcame my reluctance
to give them the appreciation they deserve.
This is one of those excruciatingly beautiful family of flowering plants. From
tiny cotton ball sized flowers to dinner plate sized flowers and everything
in between, dahlias are going to dazzle you.
These are the polar opposite of angels trumpets as the flowers
point upwards while the angels droop downwards. Both
I think fern gardens or even housebound hanging ferns bring
us more peace than many of our pills and potions.
As the name of the page implies
I have no idea what these flowers are and I could really use your help. Take
a look and get in touch.
Just saying frangipani says it all!
Furniture and Fixtures
Here you are going to find this and that thing
I have found in a garden somewhere in the world that
for my own garden. I always took photographs so I could
have things made or order them if possible. I hope you
find this useful and maybe even imaginative.
This is a page of my sometimes rambling thoughts on health
with lots of non-commercial home remedies for what may
ail you. I hope you find it useful.
What warm climate garden does not have heliconia? It is a
garden staple, like lilacs in New England.
This used to be just an attractive warm climate
shrub with appealing brightly colored flowers. Plant breeders
have changed all that. Take a look.
For experienced gardeners, landscaping is an evolving concept.
We grow something and maybe move it or discard it or grow
more of it. We know that having hot sunny areas and shady
cool areas in the garden seems just right for enjoying
our time outside to the maximum. This page will give you
some ideas of what to do that will make your garden most
pleasing to you.
These are some of my very favorite flowering plants.
I hope to be expanding this page very soon.
These are some of the plants I've encountered
or even had in my gardens whose names I don't know. If
you can help identify them, I would be very appreciative
as I can then learn more about them.
are a real luxury in warm climate gardens.
|Palms and Sagos
These are the tree standards in warm climate. I can't imagine
a garden without at least one variety.
These are warm climate must haves. They are easy to grow
and the flowers are extraordinary.
These are the good old standbys in shady warm climate gardens.
You'll find them climbing trees and trellises, decorating
everything in lush foliage as they go.
I am not sure why, but roses were never on my favorites list
though they are getting very close. Right now I love
seeing them in other peoples gardens where they can cope
with the difficulties.
Lilies Water Gardens
This is one of my favorite pages for the lush exquisite blossoms water plants
are know for and because being near or in water seems a little like an image
I am a lover of almost all plants, but one of my real passions is wildflowers.
Take a look.