For the entire six months I have been living in Costa Rica, Julio and I have spent most of our free time away from home exploring Costa Rica or inside our home, remodeling. Side effect: the outside of our home has been neglected.
I walked outside today to assess the damage, but was surprised to realize that the garden had been tending itself! All of these luscious plants grew when I wasn’t looking – Hello rainy season!
During the rainy season, the earth really comes alive and the landscape changes drastically. Everyday, I can walk outside in the morning and discover a new flower or see the rich variant greens of the rainforest foliage spreading further up and out. And here in Alajuela, we get sun until about 2 or 3 in the afternoon and then it rains, or pours, into the night, so there are very few days that it rains all day long.
Thank you Costa Rica rainy season for tending my garden.
My garden is not only benefiting from the rainforest, but from the volcanoes as well. All the plant and animal life here in Costa Rica is exceedingly abundant – the volcanic eruptions have very richly fertilized the soil. In fact, Costa Rica is home to almost 6% of the entire world’s biodiversity. Impressive, seeing as how the country is less than 1% of the world’s land mass.
All this new growth is very inspiring and I took quite a few photos of our yard today. Thought I would post a few to the blog. If anyone knows the names of these plants, please comment or email me so I can update the captions, thanks!