Published on Friday, June 30, 2023
For parents – and grandparents – who want the youngsters to get out of the house and get active, these are all great outdoor items.
What has stood the test of time of course is fencing for containment and for privacy. Some fencing is impractical in Costa Rica – wood fences don’t stand up well in our climate.
Outdoor furniture? Wood and steel are both problematic, the former rots the latter rusts. For us, aluminum is usually the answer as long as the seating is not cloth; cloth will disintegrate quickly if it gets wet.
One of the best sets of suggestions that still holds true is the need for shade, either full or partial. Again, wood isn’t the best choice for us, but I do love shade. Trellises are wonderful for shade if they are covered with flowering plants. Just make sure the flowering plants aren’t the favorite food of leaf-cutter ants or caterpillars.
that $3,000 pool, what was my favorite
from 1962? I would have to say the
illustrations. First, the man out
planning his garden while smoking a
pipe, then the bathing suits, but best
of all? The woman in the shirt-waist
dress spraying her roses. It’s just not
Plant of the week. Here is another flower from our delightful garden. We called them painted daisies (Tanacetum coccineum). The plants provide weeks of vibrant color in the garden, looking much like a 2- to 3-foot-tall classic daisy with a circle of petals surrounding a dense round center. The leaves are somewhat fern-like in appearance. It can be easily grown in flower beds or containers.
When I was a kid (mumble mumble) years ago and I admit I was surprised to find them in Costa Rica but there they were. You might try planting them. Painted daisies grow best in six to eight hours of full sun and well-draining, moderately moist soil. They can also handle some periods of drought but don't like high heat.
Find more amazing stories about gardening in Costa Rica on the AM Costa Rica Garden website. Questions on this article or about gardening, Ms. Victoria Torley, gardener columnist, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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