Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise

Surprise!  The world didn’t end. OK, that’s just a joke because I didn’t figure it would. But, I did have a couple real surprises today.

There are wonderful papayas in Panama. I was told that if you toss the seeds in the garden they will sprout and you’ll have lots of papaya plants. Of course I had to give it a try! I tossed some along the wall in the back yard and nothing happened. Later, I tossed some more among some other plants in the front yard. Again, no signs of life.

So, I figured why not clear out a bit more garden space and plant some other things I had growing from seed, and SURPRISE! Under the ginger plant was a bunch of baby papaya sprouts.

surprise papaya sprouts

I checked the front yard and again, SURPRISE, more baby papaya sprouts, these so newly sprouted they had only one set of real leaves.surprise papaya sprouts 2

Apparently I just hadn’t waited long enough – over a month. I’m just going to leave them alone for now but if they continue to grow, when they are bigger, I’ll transplant them to a more permanent home. Then, maybe I’ll have papayas!

If that wasn’t enough surprise for one day, we went to play tennis later in the morning. I glanced up to see a truck pulling out from the back area heading to the road, and who would be walking in the grass to get out of the way but Mr Iguana! I shouldn’t be totally surprised because we saw him once before, but I wasn’t sure if we’d ever see him again so I was happy about this surprise.surprise iguana

The day isn’t over yet. I wonder if there are any other surprises coming up!

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About Kris Cunningham

We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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10 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise

  1. Amy says:

    Nice surprises. 🙂 I’ve never seen Iguana before…

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  2. How great! You will love having that iguana in your neighborhood until you go out one morning and find he’s deadheaded most everything that’s young and green! I forgive the resident iguanas and remember to plant three times as needed!

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    • kristc99 says:

      Ahh really. Well then I’m really lucky with this one because he seems to live near the tennis court which is no where near our house. There are enough dogs roaming our neighborhood that I’m not sure a lizard would feel safe.

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  3. Oh the Iguana is huge! Nice surprise. Also, when your papayas grow up, you may be surprised to find that the females are the only ones that produce fruit. Now, how you determine the sex of a papaya..I haven’t a clue. LOL Enjoyed your photos.

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  4. bebs1 says:

    At least you can look forward to a bountiful harvest of sweet papayas.

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  5. eof737 says:

    Lots of surprises! 🙂
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    Eliz

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