I keep hearing that ya’ll want more photos of the house, and yesterday we got a shipment of plants in, so maybe this is a good time to send out an update on what’s happening with Casa Nana. Mind you, we’re still up in Connecticut, watching hostas and irises bloom, so we’re not in such a tropical state of mind right now. Our house north of the border is much more green than the one in tropical Mérida, where plants are taking hold, except when they are not. These images were sent yesterday by the architect’s staff, a reminder of the old foto Fridays we enjoyed during construction.
So here’s a photo report for the rest of the world.
Not only did we plant a tree on the street, but we’re lining the service roof with potted plants, specimens that won’t need lots of water. The cacti along the sides might somewhat discourage roof-hoppers.
This is the center courtyard, which divides the front of the house and the kitchen/media room. Perviously, these were interior rooms with no access to light and air. Boy, are they getting light and air now, and all of natures other elements. The center courtyard takes up the entire width of the house, with a bridge above to shelter the limestone walkway, which is part of the casa’s center hallway. Salvador Reyes Ríos and Josefina Larraín divided the courtyard into a wet side and a dry side. Both sides seem to be doing well as the plants take hold. A Flor de
Maya Mayo tree stands where the matriarch of the house, Dolores, once slept. Paul says the graceful contours of the tree reminds him of a certain Italian oil painting.
The backyard is coming along. We have an underground soaker system for the plants, and it has been adjusted and readjusted to reach all the plantings. A foxtail palm in the center will grow into prominence, giving the yard an anchor point. The “Buddha pond” has been a challenge, but we’re assured that we have to be patient as the water plants grow in before they resemble the demonstration gardens we saw. Guppies and mollies are reproducing in an ecosystem where they eat mosquito larvae and keep the water from stagnating. Its naturalistic design is contrasted with the clear water of the pool that runs perpendicular. I think back to where we first got the idea of having a pond. It was another blog, Bla…Bla…Bla…Ginger!, which inspired us early on. Re-reading Jonna’s post, I’m reminded that these ponds are a lot of work. I’m reminded that everything will be a lot of work, forever.
The rear pond, in a tiny square niche that’s behind the casita out back, is one of our favorite spots. There’s a rock garden that you can view from a sunken tub. Like the other ponds, it’s fed by a stone caño. If we’re successful growing some green up the sides, we’ll be able to call this our “green cube.”
A smaller niche is on the other side of the casita, this one between the master bath and laundry room. We can hang towels here, too.
There are also planters along the terraces upstairs, some with herbs, and some with more lush foliage. There are also hard-to-get-to pots behind the exercise/yoga/nap/art/timeout studio that we’ve lost track of.
By the time we return to Mérida in late August, we expect much more green. April showers bring May flowers. Move that old rhyme up a few months and you understand the rhythms of Yucatán. Meanwhile, it’s back to tending our hostas and irises in coastal Connecticut.