In mid-October Mary and I worked to smooth out an area along our south fence line that had been neglected. We determined to plant some perennials including some fig trees, passion-fruit vines, and peanut plants. There were already some palm trees and papaya trees along that fence line.
After quite a bit of working and planting the fence line to looked like this:
Today I got some more pictures of that area and it now looks like this:
The maracuyá (passion-fruit) vines have flourished and now cover the fence.
They have grown up as high as the fence will allow and have climbed up the neighboring papaya trees.
Just lately I noticed that the vines are beginning to be covered with little buds of future maracuyá fruit!
These buds are actually flowers getting ready to blossom.
As they grow and spread out they start to open up.
And, overnight they burst into a regal flower to attract bees or other insects to pollenate the plants!
This next picture will give you an idea of the size and splendor of these beautiful flowers.
We are told that the maracuyá fruit falls to the ground when it is ripe, so there is no guessing there. But, we were not sure how our maní (peanut) plants were doing. Since they grow underground and neither Mary nor I had ever grown them before, we figured that it might be best to just dig around a bit and see if there were any maní in those pots.
A little bit of probing revealed this.
I brought it in and cleaned it up and we think these maní need a week or two more to mature enough to be fully ripe.
(Those of you with a law enforcement background now know that my left ring finger sports a plain whorl pattern!)
The little higo (pronounced, “Ego”) or fig trees we planted in October now have grown to over five feet tall and are beginning to produce figs!
They still have a ways to go, but we are encouraged to see so many little higos growing on our little trees!
So, things keep growing and our little corner of the world gets better and better each day here where…
Life is good in Ecuador!