Gardens in Guatemalacomments (8) January 22nd, 2013 in blogs
The last time we heard from Cheryl Weeks-Rosten, she shared Dahlia Hill in Midland, Michigan with us (refresh your memory HERE.) Today she's shring another treat--photos she's taken of garden color during her visits to Guatemala. Cheryl says, "I work with Mayan teachers in the highlands of Guatemala several times a year, and as a gardener, I now associate certain plants with this Central American country that's just below Mexico. It's advertised as the "land of eternal Spring" so the plants that thrive in 70 degree weather are common, although it's colder in the mountains. The indigenous people are focused on raising corn and coffee, but in the major cities, astounding color can be found in inner courtyard gardens of private homes and hotels. Leatherleaf, bougainvillea, acanthus, and both canna and calla lilies grow in abundance and are sold by the armfuls to decorate homes and churches. One such market is on the steps of the cathedral in Chichicastenango. In the old days, such plants were the source of dyes for the beautiful hand woven textilles still worn by the women." Gorgeous, Cheryl! Thanks so much for taking the time to share this with us!
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