They may be subtle, but Belize has definite seasons. I can track them by the way the shadows fall on west veranda. This afternoon of the winter solstice is shady and very pleasant. By the end of March, the afternoon shadows will shift south, bathing (baking?) the west veranda in direct sun. The screening that we put up to add some shade is working out very very well for the little plant nursery.
|Seedlings and kitchen herbs.
|Arugula, 20 feet from the kitchen sink. It prefers the shadier side of its little bed.
|Section of a provision tree seed pod with seeds. The seeds are golf ball sized.
|The first seed sprouted!
|Ready to plant outside. on 20 December.
|Thrive, my brave little tree!
|I put this one in the middle of iguana town, with prime nest sites about 12 feet to the east and west.
|Malabar spinach is a vine and a prolific grower. A couple of years we were able to share huge bagsfull of spinach with families in the village. I hope we will be doing that again soon.
|Kuri squash, getting ready to escape the raised bed and take over the world.
|The red banana plants and the bananas themselves are very robust.
|Clove stood stock still, staring at the young basilisk lizard for about 5 minutes. She really wanted to get at it and shake it to death. Her prey instinct is very strong.
|I love their eyes.
|Same one as above, but arms up and ready to fight now.
|Could be the same one - who knows? This photo was taken 10 weeks after the 2 above.
|Egg case. I will keep watch to see if I can catch them hatching. I don't know what the incubation period is, so I will have to be vigilant. Lucky for me, the egg case is right next to the clothes line and I can see it from the bedroom window.