Mi Jardin Se Despierta

11 May

I hope my beginner Spanish has not failed me. The translation of this post’s heading should be “My Garden Awakes”. Wow, does it ever! Less than a week after the last of the snow melted away so many of the perennials have begun to poke up, unfurl, leaf out and even bloom. It never ceases to amaze me that so much beauty can burst forth after the brutality that is winter in Western Canada. There is nothing quite like the joy that comes with the regeneration of Spring. Much as I look forward to taking on the challenges of gardening in the Yucatan I know I will miss the fresh new hope that accompanies the changing of the seasons. I am sure that alone will draw me back to Canada on a regular basis. But, I am getting ahead of myself. I have one more perfect garden season ahead of me before the move to Progreso so here are some pictures of the delights that await me.


Monkshood an aconite with blue or purple flowers. The upper sepal of the flower covers the topmost petals, giving a hoodlike appearance


Iris a plant with sword-shaped leaves and showy flowers, typically purple, yellow, or white. Native to both Eurasia and North America, it is widely cultivated as an ornamental


Yarrow a Eurasian plant of the daisy family, with feathery leaves and heads of small white, yellow, or pink aromatic flowers


Columbine from Latin columba ‘dove’ (from the supposed resemblance of the flower to a cluster of five doves)



Sedum a widely distributed fleshy-leaved plant with small star-shaped yellow, pink, or white flowers, grown as an ornamental


Lungwort a bristly herbaceous European plant of the borage family, typically having white-spotted leaves and pink flowers that turn blue as they age.[so named because the leaves were said to have the appearance of a diseased lung.]


Remember the brave little silla bud I showed you the picture of in my last post? Well here she is in full bloom with many of her friends.


And, just in case you were worried, the flood waters have receded.


3 Responses to “Mi Jardin Se Despierta”

  1. gallivance.net May 16, 2013 at 3:06 PM #

    Leslie, it’s so great to see your garden coming up – especially after the winter you’ve had! And I’m sure you’ll love gardening in Progreso – different but fun. Think of all the exotic plants you can grow! Do you know what garden zone it’s in?On one of our past moves we went from Oregon to Florida and that was a serious adjustment – but fun! All the best, Terri

    • luluandthemoon May 16, 2013 at 5:54 PM #

      Hi Terri
      Thanks for your encouragement. I googled Mexico hardiness zones and discovered that we are Zone 11 from a temperature point of view but the zones are not really very accurate for the tropical locales due to huge variations in rainfall and ocean winds. But I did come across a wonderful book “Plants of the Mayans” that sounds really interesting. Unfortunately, it is a limited printing and so I won’t be finding it in my local library anytime soon. I will check out buying it once I get down there. Lots of fun ahead for sure!
      Have a lovely weekend. It is a holiday here in Canada. Is it in the US as well?

      • gallivance.net May 18, 2013 at 8:57 AM #

        Our holiday is next weekend. We’re heading to Florida to visit my sister and her family – always a guaranteed good time! Have fun! ~Terri

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