Mary and I moved into our home here in San Clemente, Ecuador in January 2012. One of the first things we asked our landlord was for permission to plant a garden around our patio and side of the house. He readily agreed and we went to work. By May of 2012 we had installed bricks to delineate the flower beds and planted a number of plants. We stood back and hoped that things would grow.
I took a picture from a similar angle today showing the scene as one walks around toward our patio from the pool area.
Some things have grown (notice the once small blue flower). Some things have been removed. And the area has filled in!
We have had to live and learn about what types of plants will grow here, how much room certain plants will fill, and what will flower and stay beautiful throughout the year. Perhaps missed in the picture above is the bright red and orange heliconia flower standing tall in the middle of the photo.
That little beauty is a Parrot’s Beak Heliconia flower showing itself from some plants that I planted a few months ago. Six days ago Mary and I noticed a skinny red flower poking up from one of our new heliconia plants.
We were pretty excited because we had purchased the heliconia plants without really knowing what type of flower these plants would have. There apparently are many different types of heliconia plants including some forty different parrot heliconia plants. I removed a couple of other plants and planted just two rhizomes in this area about three months ago.
As you can see the two rhizomes have already spread and sprouted several new shoots.
In a few more months we hope to have this entire area blooming with beautiful flowers.
We wanted to share the excitement with all of you. So, over the last couple of days we have recorded our first brave heliconia flower’s development. Two days after the picture of the initial shoot the bud had begun to split and to spread her wings (or should I say, “beaks”).
From the side view you can see many more “beaks” getting ready to burst onto the scene.
Watch now as the flower continues to open over a four day period to display its’ full splendor.
This magnificent flower may in fact spread and sprout many more “beaks”, but we wanted to share the beauty of one of God’s perfect creations with you as it appeared this evening. Behold the Parrot’s Beak Heliconia:
We planted heliconia plants specifically because we had learned that they attract hummingbirds, but even if humming birds are not attracted to our new plants, we feel that we have already been abundantly blessed witnessing the birth and growth of this beautiful flower!
We hope that this harbinger is just a taste of many, many more blossoms to come here where…
Life is good in Ecuador!