This morning our neighbour, the owner of the Hacienda de la Vega, the operation immediately contiguous to the Quinta's property and Alvaro, our majordomo, conspired to send my boss here in Texas a Mother's Day gift. We include it below:
It should be pointed out that the greenery in front of this
picture immediately above is albacar (basil) and is about
ready for transplanting into a bed we have been preparing.
While I am quick to take credit and to assign blame, it must be admitted that this project is Alvaro's and it is done, pretty much, in order to shame the women of our Ejido de Francisco I. Madero (in a good humoured way).....who pass by the Quinta with some frequency to see if their flowering arrangements are attracting as many hummingbirds as are our semi-disciplined gardens.
We have, to be sure, become pretty fair "combat gardeners", with the justification being a supply of limes, grapefruit, avocados, guayabas, edible cactus, and spices. Our efforts are principally directed to attracting birds, especially hummingbirds. And as I am quick to say, "What they do not eat...we eat."
Please enjoy. We have (Alvaro has) nine "masetas" (terra cotta flower pots) with these lilies, related to the Turkestan Onion, I believe, and locally called "Pirotecnico" or "Explosion" (Fireworks or Explosion).
HAPPY MOTHERS' DAY TO ALL. Diana received hers via cybermail. And I do the cooking when I am up here. I just let Diana do all the work.
El Gringo Viejo