Monday, 8 February 2010

My Old Garden

Some parts of my garden still remain. A few of these are old photographs but many of the plants are still in the garden struggling along. Miniature pineapple is one that I have managed to leave there AND I have bought a few with me for security. Particularly at Carnival time, I am always amazed at nature's palette. Who would have thought purple tips? I have seen this colouring on bromeliads native to Trinidad and Tobago. The purple tips must serve some purpose in the rain forest.
Light shows the lacy veins in this new shoot of a staghorn fern. A lovely large mango tree has been an excellent foster mother to my ferns and they are probably healthier now than when I arrived.
I have grown to appreciate the advantages of a shade garden. I remember when I arrived here last year, I was so excited at the prospect of sun. And yes, many plants have thrived and flowered in the sun but the general lack of shade means that I no longer have banks of calladiums.
Of course, the tree is still there with its vibrant ecosystem. It's quite sobering to realise that I can leave and it all still goes on. I am not the epicentre even if it felt that way when I lived in the garden.