We spend our winters in Mexico. In the winter of 2013-2014 we stayed in a house on the hill with beautiful view. There were so many interesting plants around which I was not familiar with because we live in Pacific NW. I learned a lot. The climate is subtropical.
The owner of this house had some interesting plants that I have never seen before. He also was an orchid collector, mainly wild orchids hanging in his mango trees. They might have looked insignificant in comparison to some hybrid of Cattleyas or Phalaenopsis that we can buy from garden centers up in US or Canada but nevertheless interesting. I do not know my orchids well enough to be able to identify them.
For example this little beauty with very hard oval leaves and bright orange (almost red) flowers which were not bigger than an inch .
Another view of this plant’s flowers.
This beautiful little orchid was hanging on a mango tree in lower garden.
Another orchid I did not know but was able to find an info on the internet is Epidendrum radicans Attractive flowers, bright orange with paler yellow center. The plant seems very vigorous. It is in many pots on this property and I have noticed it in other people’s gardens as well. The flowers are long lasting and the plants do not seem to be very fussy.
One of the more familiar orchid to me is Cymbidium. This is my plant in our living room on the Island: and they are gorgeous. It is a huge plant so to find a proper spot for its display could be a challenge.
The one in our In our Mexican residence was smaller variety with slightly paler colours but otherwise almost identical and also beautiful. Here in the bud with Oputina cactus in the background.:
and in full bloom
Another most interesting plant is clump-forming succulent Stapelia gigantean. The flowers on this plant are very interesting and huge in comparison to the body of the plant. We had it grown in the pot with geranium. In the next picture the buds starting to balloon.
Then it opens into this incredible star like flower. It suppose to have a foul smell to attract flies and get pollinated that way. I honestly could not smell it from the distance but all flies sure did.
This interesting vine is Thunbergia Mysorensis “Acanthus Family” Apparently one of the most popular vines in the world. It has spectacular long chains of red and yellow flowers hanging down from an arbour in the lower garden.
Here are several images of this magnificent plant.
There are several more common vines around the yard ..such as very vigorous Thunbergia Grandiflora. Beautiful sky blue flowers but messy plant which I would not grow in my yard
More behaved plant with fragrant flower is Allamanda cathartica (golden trumpet) It is a vine and requires a trellis or a fence for support… It can be pruned into a shrub form. like ours in the picture
Spectacular flower of the Agave attenuate was another highlight of this property it dominated the west side of the yard. Behind it are several mango trees which hosted most of the orchids.
Another view of the flower mainly in bloom
I grew this plant as house plant up north and did not know that it actually flowers. This one is growing in the pot in the front yard and blooming for a long time..
Our front entrance is laced with butterfly palms Dypsis lutescens. Seems like this is a popular plant for containers around here
This neighbourhood is set into a hill and homes have very high walls. This covered with a Bougainvillea
Euphorbia milii (Crown of thorns) plant in the spurge family with very thorny stems, several of them about 3 feet tall.
Gorgeous Red leaf( maple like) Hibiscus acetosella
Blooming aloe by the pencil tree
And lower garden full of lantanas
Jatropha podagrica very unusual plant with large leaves
White blooming Sedum nussbaumerianum
Lots of lantanas around the property. Very cheerful sight.
This Brugmansia is actually in the neighbours yard but we could enjoy it as well. It was blooming for a long time.
Interesting sunset skies from the patio .
Such is life