Living Walls

I am reveling in the warmth of the Isle of Enchantment (Isla del Encanto), Puerto Rico. What a delightful break away from the harsh winter weather up north.

Here, I am drawn to living walls – walls decorated with pendulous flowers, walls with vines growing up on them, weedy fences that hold a few surprises.

I am staying at a Raw Foods Institute that has its own organic gardens. That’s where I was wandering around early this morning. This protective wire wall kept a smaller garden safe from marauders and provided lots of vertical and horizontal climbing spaces for plants. The bluish tint reflects the ambient early morning light.

Wire wall around garden

Wire wall around garden

Cucumber vines and a vine with small red flowers cover the outside of this wire wall:

Cucumber vines

Cucumber vines

Even more delicious were the sky blue morning glories spreading horizontally on the wire roof:

Blue morning glories

Blue morning glories

On the outskirts of the garden, I found this weedy looking fence, nothing spectacular, just another living wall:

weedy fence

weedy fence

When I looked more closely, though, I found a few things growing there – it may be various stages of the same fruit:

I’ll close with this picture of lavender flowers cascading down an invisible wall:

wall of flowers

If spring won’t come to me (yet), I just have to look for it elsewhere…. Isla del Encanto.

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18 Responses to Living Walls

  1. indacampo says:

    The orange plant is Bitter Melon a member of the cucumber family. It grows like crazy here. SU wanted to grab some plants from the campo and grow it along our fence but I was afraid it would take over everything else. Every once in a while we’ll find some growing wild and add it to our morning smoothie. It really is quite bitter. I think you can cook the green fruit and use the leaves for tea for various maladies such as balancing out insulin levels.

    Thanks for sharing the lovely colorful walls! ๐Ÿ™‚


    • I was hoping that someone would recognize that plant. Thanks so much for telling me. So the red seeds are part of the bitter melon? I seem to remember that the green bitter melon was used in vegetable mixes. It might even be the same plant I once had an extremely bitter tea from when I had a fever. The fever went away quickly (maybe because I was afraid I’d have to drink more of that tea?) Seeing all of these new and interesting plants around me makes me want to move South.


      • indacampo says:

        Yes, the ripe plant burst open and shows all the lovely bright seeds, although once it’s ripe you’re not supposed to use it in great quantities because it can be toxic. I think some people use it as a liver cleanser. And I believe that Asians stir fry the green melon with other veggies. Here the locals make the tea (it grows everywhere) as a cure for all ills. ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. schuttzie says:

    How great that you are in PR~ We just came back from there in Feb. and have been quite a few times to PR. We love it there and are thinking of relocating or at least stay long term. Which part of the island are you staying? Hope you enjoy your trip and all the warmer. ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. cindy knoke says:

    so verdant and lovely!


  4. Mabel Kwong says:

    Beautiful images. The blue morning glories look stunning, well captured. All the plants there look very healthy, and hopefully at some point those seeds will grow in to gigantic fruits ๐Ÿ˜€ Hope you enjoyed your trip there ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. Maria F. says:

    Amazing, I’m going to check out that place were you were! I didn’t even know it existed.


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