While the ice and snow were falling here, we were enjoying the weather of the tropics. Of course, we had to face the music when we landed at DFW. After an extra long bus trip to Abilene, we were iced in and had to spend two nights in a motel there.
We traveled to Costa Rica with Bilbrey Tours from Abilene, so our starting and ending points were there.
The grounds of our first hotel in San Jose, the capital, exhibited the lushness of a warm climate with plenty of rainfall. I could not resist taking pictures of the beautiful landscaping. We only over nighted here, so these were taken in early morning conditions. Even so, the sunlight was strong and the shadows of the buildings, deep.
Begonias were used in many beds.
The tropical Ixora thrives here and certainly doesn’t need to be confined to a pot, like mine in Texas.
It was surprising to see so much Lantana because it survives so well here in dry Texas. This is probably the New Gold Lantana.
Here Lil Miss Lantana is mixed in with another flower. The red blooms may be another Lantana. I’m not sure.
Many of the beds were in raised concrete that were tiled. So pretty.
Not sure what these flowers are.
I think I should know but don’t.
Another type of lantana, maybe Lantana Camara, edged with what looks like Alyssum.
Deep red Begonias.
This may be Ginger?
An open corridor leading from guest rooms to the reception area.
Again the white looks like Alyssum and the one with the pink flowers could be Mexican Heather.
There were lots of different species of Coleus.
Wouldn’t it nice to have gardeners who keep everything so trimmed and neat?
Love Plumbago, although it has to be grown in a container here and carried in for the winter.
This might be la parola del giorno Lantanta..
Palm trees with clusters of orchids growing on them. There are 1,500 different species of orchids in Costa Rica.
Even though these orchids are growing on a tree, they are not parasites. They are epiphytes which derives its moisture from the air, rain, and sometimes from debris around it. It does not harm the host at all.
During the trip, we saw many different examples of these. Epiphytes can be found in the temperate zone. Examples are mosses, liverworts, lichens, and algae. They also live in the tropics, like Costa Rica’s environment.. These include ferns, cacti, orchids, and bromeliads.
I don’t know if these small branches are part of the palm tree or are epiphytes.
So delicate and lovely.
A skylight in the reception area.
The counter is made of onyx. Although it looks solid, these are slabs on top of wooden cabinets. Very nice hotel.
As one would expect, gorgeous arrangements of tropical plants decorate the hotel.
There will be several posts about Costa Rica in the coming days.
“Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.” Eleanor Roosevelt