Every year there is a plant sale at the amazing Heliconia Gardens in Volcan. I had never been to it, but yesterday a bunch of friends wanted to go and invited me to go along. I am so glad I did! It’s gorgeous with water lilies, gingers, and many other plants, and the heliconias were absolutely amazing. Even if you don’t want to buy plants it is well worth going just to see the place.
There were quite a few people at the sale. Parking was along the road and then you walk in, or if the truck came along you could hop in for a ride. Even the road in is very beautiful.
The sale was very well organized. There were papers listing all the plants. You told one of the workers what you wanted, they marked the paper, put all your plants in a group while you took your paper to the girls who collected the money. When you returned with your receipt, your plants were put in a wheelbarrow or on a truck for delivery down to the street parking area.
The photos above do not do the place or the plants justice. I don’t think any photo could, but I was especially frustrated with mine. My camera has lost it’s display, I didn’t want to take my big expensive good camera, so I decided to use my iPhone camera. It had a hard time with the exposure on many of the photos, the colors were off in other photos, or the focus, and a lot of the photos were thrown away as unusable. Tomorrow I go down to Panafoto to see if they can advise me on getting my Canon repaired or if not, replaced. I apologize for the quality of the photos, and hopefully I can correct the situation in the very near future.
After the Heliconia Garden, we all decided to go to the great Mexican restaurant in Volcan. Everyone must have had the same idea because all the cars parked in front had plants. Word is the dollar store in Volcan is one of the best, so after lunch we stopped in there. I found a couple small things I needed, and then considered buying some incense. I have smelled incense in other homes but never looked at it closely until this day. Incense here has a purpose beyond just smelling good! Who knew?
An update before I send this out -I went to town today to look at cameras. It is possible there is a shop downtown that can repair my ailing camera but it might be more expensive than just buying a new one, so I bought a small, not very expensive Canon Power Shot. When the battery is charged I’ll give it a try. I’ve had good luck with that brand except for the failed display, and I’m not even sure I can blame the camera entirely for that because I did get it wet with salt water in the not too distant past. You don’t realize how much you use something until it’s not available, so I’m happy to have a little basic camera just for daily use.