The big flower and orchid show, Orquídeas, Pájaros y Flores, starts at the Botanical Gardens today and runs through 07 August. Check the earlier post on this subject for the times and ticket prices. If you are into plants, don’t miss this one.
August 2, 2012 at 13:40 (Birds, Botanical Gardens, Colombia, Events, Expat Community, Flower Shows, Gardening, Medellin, Orchids, Plant Stuff, Tropical)
Tags: Birds, Botanical Gardens, Colombia, Expat Community, Medellin, Orchids, Tropical Gardening
July 23, 2012 at 10:01 (Birds, Botanical Gardens, Colombia, Cultural Events, Events, Expat Community, Foods and Beverages, Life in the Big City, Medellin, Music, Plant Stuff)
Tags: Birds, Botanical Gardens, Colombia, Cultural Events, Dance, Expat Community, Foods and Beverages, Medellin, Orchids, Tropical Gardening
July 9, 2012 at 14:23 (Colombia, Cultural Events, Dance, Expat Community, Foods and Beverages, Life in the Big City, Medellin, Piedras Blancas, Santa Elena, Side Trips)
Tags: Botanical Gardens, Colombia, Expat Community, Foods and Beverages, Medellin, Orchids, Piedras Blancas, Santa Elena
It’s getting close to the time of year again when Medellin goes crazy for a month. This is a link to the preliminary schedule. I will post the final version when it is available.
Lots of fun stuff to do including the big orchid/flower show at the Botanical Gardens. Here is some amateur video from last years show.
Other popular events include the antique car parade (Desfile de Autos Clásicos), the horse parade (caballgata) and of course the sillateros. These are traditional floral displays that originated with transporting the flowers from Santa Elena where they are/were grown to the market places of Medellin. They are beautiful indeed.
One of my favorite events is the sancocho contest in Santa Elena. Sancocho is a delicious stew and in this event all the surrounding villages compete for the honor of making the best. The results are of course for sale 🙂
These are just a few of the events that will take place all over the city and for most of the month. Please check the preliminary schedule for a better idea of just how much happens during August.
May 30, 2011 at 09:28 (Colombia, Environment, Finca Life, Gardening, Medellin, Piedras Blancas, Santa Elena, Travel, Tropical)
Tags: Cable Arvi, Colombia, Environment, Finca El Arroyuelo, Medellin, Orchids, Santa Elena, Travel, Tropical Gardening
An arroyuelo is a small stream or brook. In Colombia it has a special meaning rooted in the love of natures beauty. A finca is a country property which may be a farm or residence. We named our place Finca El Arroyuelo for the beautiful brook which forms our northern property line. Located in a hollow at about 2400 meters ( nearly 8000 feet) in the Andes it is rapidly becoming home to us.
The view from the porch is dominated by slopes covered in pine and cypress. Patches of native woodland also contribute to the local mosaic and we are honored to have and care for one that graces the west side of our little dell. This woodland is now tinged bronze with the new growth on the arrayan trees and here and there purple and lilac of siete cueros flowers make bold highlights. At the edge of the wood, the gigantic leaves of Gunnera form a frieze that contrast nicely and create a very tropical feel.
This patch of forest attracts many brightly colored birds including several tropical tanagers, green jays and emerald toucanets. This habitat also support at least four different hummingbirds. These sally forth to use the feeder hanging on the porch and provide constant entertainment.
The woods are mossy and full of beautiful plants of all kinds. Orchids, bromeliads, philodendrons, brightly colored mushrooms to name a few. In the landscape fuchsias, hydrangeas, roses and begonias bloom year around. Our mostly organic garden is coming along very nicely and is beginning to produce very tasty vegetables.
I highly recommend a visit to the Andes here above Medellin!
We picked up a bunch of Cattleya starts from a vendor in the Parque Bolivar about two years ago. I guess two years from a division is not an excessive amount of time but it seems like forever. Anyway this one started blooming for the first time last week. It appears that this is Cattleya warszewiczii.