Naranjilla in Bloom

The other day while watering my plants I took a good look at my naranjilla plant (gift given to me by Deborah Millard just a few months ago) and was very surprised to see it was in flower. It is so small I just did not feel it would start to bear fruit for years, much less in a handful of months.

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My New “Old” Cactus Garden

“We can do no great things – only small things with great love.”
— Mother Teresa —

While living in Playas I started a few pots of cactus that have taken off and really needed to be re-potted. Then I purchased a small cactus arrangement at Super Maxi that outgrew its tray so that went into a bigger pot. Then Deborah, a friend from Bahia, brought me cuttings from about 10 different cactus plants from her garden. So it became a cactus garden looking for a home instead of 20 different pots in different shapes and sizes. Finally this week I planted that last tray and below is my beautiful cactus garden.

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Carambola (Star Fruit – but locals call it Fruta China)

Yesterday afternoon while sitting out in the yard I looked up to see several almost ripe star fruit just staring down at me.  My friend Eva said to add them to a regular salad for a special kick. That sounds like a lovely way to eat the bounty from our yard.

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There are several bunches of little pink flowers along with a few very tiny little fruits. It is so much fun to search in the branches to see if any of them contain fruit. It looks like we will have five very nice ripe fruit in the next several days and then several more over the next month.

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What a treat!