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More from my tropical garden

I don’t know the name of this one. The flower is about 2 inches high. The plant is a bush.


Eleconia. The plants grow to about 10 ft.


The fancy bromelia. The pink parts are leaves.

fancy bromelia 3

Flowers from my neighbor’s garden.

neighbours flowers

Mini sweet pimiento plant. It just appeared and is now about 3 ft tall.

mini pimiento

Oregano in a pot.


A tree bromelia which fell out of the tree. Now it is soon going to flower. About 4 ft high.


A Puertorrican Name (nee-amey) with a new shoot. Too late to cook this one.DSC01005

And a visiting beetle. Yesterday we had a visit from a 4-5 ft boa constrictor.

black beetle

That’s all. folks.




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Cleopatra, reborn in Mayaguez

When not blogging, gardening or cooking I assist in the productions of our ballet company, Western Ballet Theatre of PR, with my wife, Nana Badrena, the choreographer and artistic director. So to “Cleopatra”, the latest ballet, in neoclassical, Cuban School tradition. A flight from Newark, JFK, Philly, Miami and more, to Aguadilla (BQN) to see this wonderful recreation of ancient Egypt and its interaction with the Roman Empire.
WBT-Cleopatra2016 OFICIAL

And a few publicity pictures of the protagonists, Cleopatra, Mark Anthony and Julius Caesar:


787 241 5248 is me.


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A surprise parabola and more garden

Idly wondering about the tangents from a point to a circle I constructed the figure below. The point A is on a circle and can be moved round the circle. The chord CD then moves around. The interesting thing is to see the envelope of this chord as the point A is moved. ..

parabola surprise constructio

Circles and hyperbolas galore, but when the big circle passes through the centre of the smaller circle the envelope is the surprise parabola. The question is “How do I find the equation of such a parabola? Sensible choice of origin and axes is the first thing. the y-axis is best as the line joining the centres of the two circles. Then you need an equation for the line CD, with a suitable parameter. Then a little bit of calculus………..Nice one for calculus students

parabola surpriseConstructions done with my web based program. Try it yourself: GEOSTRUCT

And now for January in Puerto Rico. I don’t know the name of the pink and white flowering tree, but I do know that without my machete the whole garden would be infested with babies from the first one.


This one below is a yellow eleconia, also spreading madly.


And this is a cute little tree with probably poisonous berries.


And what the hell have they done to the post editor. It only works in BOLD

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A change from math – my garden in Puerto Rico

Ten years ago I came to Puerto Rico, to Mayaguez on the west coast, to a house with the usual vast expanse of nicely trimmed grass. Now I have the controlled jungle I always wanted. More time spent cutting things back or down than spent trying to get things to grow.
annual leaf
One leaf like this each year. A less successful part of the jungle.
My flamboyan tree. Best year ever for flowers.
flamboyan from below
And here from underneath.
monster plant
The monster plant. From 1 foot to 6 feet in 8 years, and prickly.
Ginger. Later the flower grows baby plants and more flowers.
baby apple bananas
Small apple bananas. Guineo manzano. Up to 300 on one stalk.
name unknown by me
I don’t know the name of this one, but it is 6 feet high and growing.
not weed
Definitely not weed.
voyager palm 2
Voyager palm, it flowered three times this year.
fancy bromelia
A fancy bromelia.weird fern tree
This is a fern, tree sized, with its annual one foot high flower.

There’s more, but I have to go out and cut some strays.

I am quite sure that there is math growing here, waiting to be spotted.


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