Night Blooming Cactus

One of the things that amazed me most when we first drove up to Palmira, where our farm and house are located, was the rows of pipe cactus along the road. Here were palm trees, pine trees, cactus, orange trees, and coffee all growing together!! It’s just a small part of the amazing variety of plants and trees that flourish in the rich volcanic soil at our altitude and moderate temperature.

These beautiful cactus are starting to bloom now as we near the end of the dry season  and the blooms are spectacular – 7″ long and 5″ across. They only bloom at night and by the middle of the next morning the blooms are gone.

The winds are hopefully coming to an end.  There are lots of micro-climates around Boquete and the dry season months of January, February and March can get lots of strong northerly winds.  Some areas, like where we live, get very strong winds, like Chinook winds in Denver.  When the wind howls all night long, just like when the Chinook winds blow in places like Boulder, you sometimes just want to go outside and yell, “Stop!”

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