Magical Mariposas!

From Oaxaca to Michoacán. Our hotel is in the town of Zitácuaro This is the area we are focusing on within Michoacán. As you can see the butterfly reserves straddle the State of Mexico and Michoacán. The pink line is the border between Michoacán and State of Mexico.Our hotel, Rancho San Cayetano is on the Michoacán side. ...

Is it possible for your passion flower to bloom in its first year?

I spent a lot of time Googling this question without getting a straight answer. Why did I want to know? I ordered some American Passion Flower seeds from Richters in January, after realizing that the previous year I had grown Passion Fruit (seeds also from Richters) with the hopes of having passion flowers, but ended ...

Whimsical fairy parachutes

Before bed last night, I took one more look at miss sensitive (mimosa pudica) and wondered about the green buds. This morning - HELLO! Isn't that flower the most precious thing? It makes me think of a fairy puff or something related to fairies like Tinkerbell. This is actually not my original sensitive plant, as that one was ...

Cycling through Provence – Days 1 & 2

The morning of our first day of cycling started with the usual procedure - wake up, pick up something for breakfast, final pack-up, check out of hotel, head to the meeting point. We ended up at the same bakery as the previous morning and ordered allongé coffee (long espresso), croissant, and a single-serve quiche for each ...