Monthly Archives: July 2009

Paradise Garden Wish List

A comment came in detailing Paradise Garden‘s wish list. It is as follows:

When shopping at Pricemart pick up a bag of walnuts, almonds, nuts in the shell, mixed dried fruits or craisins.

Stop at Mello for canary, finch, lovebird, parrot food or sunflower seeds.

Fruit such as bananas, papaya, pineapple and mango are needed.

6 Tamarins need sponsorship @ 10.00 a month. Two of them can be named by the sponsor (got a new grandchild?)

2 Squirrel monkeys can be sponsored for 21.00 a month.

Finished your building project? Got extra materials? Talk to Michelle. We thank everyone for any help-big or small.

One More To Go

I thought I had tried all of the new Dos Pinos DELEITE ice cream flavors. However I saw this one at the Frontera on Tuesday. I didn’t think it would survive the trip to David, so I guess I will have to wait for El Rey to bring it in.

By far, I am enjoying the new Dos Pinos DELEITE ice creams more than any other brand El Rey is carrying.

Plant Sale and Garden Open House in Volcán!

I received a request to post the following:

Dear Gardeners

You are invited to my first Annual Plant Sale and Garden Open House in Volcán!

August 15 and 16 from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm we will be open for business and for garden visitors at our home, Finca Las Chichicas.

There will be 45 different kinds of heliconias for sale, as well as other plants that are not often seen in local nurseries.

We have been collecting heliconias from throughout Central and South America for ten years, and the garden holds well over 100 different species and varieties. I’ve selected the strongest, prettiest plants for the sale. They’re guaranteed to grow!

Bill Fitz will bring his fabulous bromeliads from Boquete, and Miriam from Sortová will offer a wide selection of potted plants.

We have been working hard on our landscaping, and things are looking good. There are ponds with giant Victoria water lilies, a wet wall filled with epiphytic plants, open vistas, and trails through the woods. You’ll have a great time!

We are neighbors of Sitio Barriles on the road to Caizan; use the public gravel drive just past the tourist attraction, leave your car in the corner lot (people with limited mobility will be allowed to drive to the garden), and walk 200 meters to our private entry. Wear sturdy shoes, and if you come in the afternoon, bring your umbrella!

See for photos of the heliconias for sale and their prices, and for complete driving instructions from the center of Volcán.

We look forward to your visit!


Carla Black and Angel Rodríguez
6618-5704 (Carla – English and Spanish)

Paso Canoas – Slow Going

Yesterday, I had to go to Paso Canoas to pick up Sofia and Sussan who were coming to visit. As I got to Paso Canoas, there must have been over 20 semi-trucks parked on the side of the road.

I had to park by a bank and walk to the Costa Rican customs area. The following photo says it is the civic committee of Paso Canoas.

The following photo is looking toward Costa Rica. Local buses were being directed to the left and buses with passengers going to Panama were dropped off at the customs area. Continue reading Paso Canoas – Slow Going

Dolega BOOKMARK Enlarges

On my way back from Boquete on Tuesday, I stopped at the Bookmark in Boquete to see Hal. If you don’t know about the BOOKMARK, you must not read buy many English language books in Chiriquí. Hal has the largest selection in Chiriquí and most likely in all of Panama.

Here is a photo of one of the new areas.

If you need something to read, see Hal. If you want to know about the BOOKMARK’s history, go HERE.