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My Two Cents Worth
April 15, 2010

Two things I love about April here in Panama – the rain and the mangoes. They both fall out of the sky at this time of year, and if you are under a mango tree or parked under one, it is a bump you remember! Below I have some interesting facts about mango that you might enjoy. Here they are 7 to a bag for $1.00.

What I loved about my garden back in Alberta in spring were the forget-me-nots. It was sea of blue each spring and I loved sitting on my bench with the koi feet and watching the robins play in the pond. I do miss that. I miss my tulips, peonies, iris and sweet peas too! I had lots more but those are the ones I miss the most living here. Now when I am somewhere the sweet peas are in bloom, I stick my nose right in them to try and capture the scent and hold on to it for a few moments … there are some things in life that are precious to me and sweet peas and peonies are two of them.

Do you have a special plant that you cannot wait to show itself in the garden? Tell us about it and I would love to share them with our readers… don’t forget we also have our Gardeners Showcase area where we would love to showcase your garden!

My little coconut is doing very well and soon I think I will have to pot it up. You remember that I picked the seed up on the beach and brought it home. It had already started to sprout so it was a good one. I put it in a low bowl on pebbles and keep it filled with water. First time I have done this and am very pleased with the fact that it is still living! All the other plants I had on our small balcony like the heliconia and ginger are now planted in the beds around our pool. We found at our local grocery store one gallon pots of hibiscus on sale for $1.00 each so we bought 12 of those to place in the beds as well. You can imagine my delight at that sweet deal. Now with the water we are getting, the beds are looking very nice but I still have to add some new soil. This soil is so depleted with years of rain and no nutrients added.

Ok, so I finish the Morocco tour and put it up on the site and guess what … in less than 10 days it is fully booked at 18 people. I am stunned, sort of…I knew it was a great tour, but then I think they are all great tours! Thailand is up now then the others will follow as they are ready. There is incredible interest in Paris/Chelsea, Italy and Floriade so I expect they will fully book up. Floriade is held only once every ten years.

I also would like to mention at this time that the Toronto Botanical Gardens is now offering my international garden tours to their members. This is a great thrill to me and will challenge me to always offer the best. On that note, two very dear friends of mine have put together some wonderful local garden tours to Oshawa Botanical Gardens, Dundurn Castle and Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens…be sure to see the listing in Did you know? in this issue. Don’t forget to visit our home page of  to see the latest in articles plus click on the AccuWeather banner to go to the garden area where each week I update with the latest.

I also want to let you know how much I appreciate getting those little notes from you..they do make my day and I would like to share some that have come in lately:

‘I love it,..very very interesting and fun to read. Thank you for this as I love to garden and try new things in my garden.’ Lois

‘I find it very useful for both indoor and outdoor gardening, and I love to hear and see the plants in Panama. I am an Avid indoor gardener now. I suffered a major back injury so I can't do as much outdoor gardening as I used to but I do as much as I can & with the new tools an ideas in ICan Garden I find I can do more . So thank you for a wonderful and helpful magazine.’ Sherral

‘Resurrecting an old garden and need feed and care pointers. From page 1 of your Home page articles, I already feel confident we are on the right path, and great to have found you as an on-going resource.’ Cheers Janice

‘Thank you for your wonderful site. I'm a beginner gardener and really appreciate the wealth of information you share.’ Leah

‘What a great find!! your website is wonderful. I am a Horticultural Therapist and I work with kids in schools to adults teaching about drought tolerant, native planting as well as, organic permaculture. It is fun teaching someone who has moved to our forested/highland desert, in the mile high mountains, how to rethink gardening. My favorite thing is fast growing vegies grown by the kid's as you know it is the best thing in the world to see their eye's light up. Or to give them a reading refuge by creating a sweet pea teepee. Passing on the opportunity to grow your own organic food is a humbling experience as a common bond as earth tenders (gardeners)’ Peggy

‘Hi Donna I love your monthly new's letter. I look forward to it eagerly each month. I would like to share some of my garden photo's. Thanks Jo-Anne, Williams Lake BC Canada Zone 2b (check out the Gardeners Showcase area to see her garden)

Everyone is invited to send in photo’s of their garden….we would be pleased and proud to put them up in our Gardener’s Showcase - Donna

Until next month, happy gardening and remember ‘to plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow’.


The Mango originated in the forests of tropical Southeast Asia.
Mangos have been in cultivation for over 4,000 years.
Legend has it that Buddha found tranquility and repose in a mango grove.
The mango is known as the "king of fruit" throughout the world.
The Mango tree plays a sacred role in India: it's a symbol of love. Some believe that the Mango tree can grant wishes.
The mango is a member of the Anacardiaceae family. Other distant relatives include the cashew, pistachio, poison ivy and poison oak.
Varieties of mango developed in Florida now dominate the export industries of the world.
Mangos are high in fiber, but low in calories (approx. 110 per average sized mango), fat (only 1 gram) and sodium. (Thank Goodness!!)

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