Tuesday, November 1, 2011


UNLIKE Mr. Appleseed, that nursery legend in USA, I decided to introduce many species that will survive without any or little maintenance and/or irrigation, in my guerrilla activities in the parking area of this abandoned former hospital.  The trick is to plant after intense rainy  days.

Pimped pavement is another expression for guerrilla gardening, not of me liking, but  useful at this time.  One of the regular readers, David, requested some pictures. I decided to oblige since it was coming anyway. 


For the hell of it, the photos are not identified, the acute reader will have to match the information below or research if interested.  

Alternatera brasiliana 
 Intense dark purple bush. found in Paseo del Bosque a condo where we used to live.

Pereskia bleo
Small bush with typical orange flowers found in many succulents.  The multiple thorns grow in groups around the stem, making it the most difficult to care for in the collection.  For that same reason, perfect,   if you are looking for protection around your property. 

Cosmos sulphureous

One of my signature favorites.  The original seeds
came from Orocovis, some town in the neck of the woods. Self seeding and tolerant to everything.

Mirabilis siciliana

One of two varieties in my collection.  Arrived from a trip to Aibonito, a similar town as the above. The reddish flowers create some contrast with the mostly green foliage with a fragrance bonus, after 3PM. 


This species is related to those growing in Mexico and USA.  From seeds collected in Guanica, my favorite town, in the south of PR,USA a region with thirty inches of average rain a year.  These small trees do not grow in the north, as far as I know, It could be one of a few or the only one. I have another in the north garden.  There is nothing growing at a slower pace in the whole.

Ruellia brittoniana 

The dwarf variety is from our backyard.  Not available anymore since this one in particular propagates itself by seeding.  Most plants sold in  nurseries today do not.

Pandanus utilis

Featured previously as the lone survivor in one of my earlier posts about San Carlos, found in the first video link of the list.  It is perhaps the one with more pedigree age wise since the original was taken from a mature tree growing in the sands of  Isla Verde in Carolina City moons ago.  What I usually do, is to keep them until they reach two or tree feet in diameter and start again with a little one. It grows like an agavacea form for many years until the trunk develops, becoming an odd looking tree.

Clitorea ternatea 

Another of my favorite vines, comes from  an abandoned house in my street...Has been seen in  other spaces in Santurce, where I reside.

Commelina elegans and
Antigonum leptopus

The first appears in one of the photos at left, but not the second. These two were in situ, along other species of trees, weeds and wild flowers DK for your humble servant. 

It would be great if other people could collaborate with nature here or there  with the understanding that pimping pavements do not last  like Macchu Pichu. It is clear on me mind that anyjuan at anytime will come and destroy all this I have shared with you.

Cannavalia maritima

Discovered behind Sixto Escobar Stadium, not too far from the Atlantic, a vine, from seeds.  Excellent for erosion control in dunes/beach/shores or for the beauty and not too sweet fragrance, a favorite of black beetles.  
It is the one in the links for the videos below blanketing  the asphalt.     

That is that..

If interested check these 
links in youtube for a whole
historical view in two years time..



  1. Hermosas sus plantas.

    Un abrazo.

  2. El verde se abre paso. Que siga.

  3. David i Chomp siempre es grato saber de ustedes! Agradezco los comentarios i visita.


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