This year I will not return to Mexico until mid-July, which means that I have had two months to work in the garden. I have had time to plant a few annuals.
Last year, the large flower box behind my bedroom was left empty. This year I have filled it with flowers.
I planted New Guinea impatiens and a flower called Calibraochoa. I always thought that the Calibrochoa were simply a variety of petunia, but with a bit of research I discovered that, although they are closely related to the petunia, they are a distinct genus. They were named after Antonio de la Cal y Bracho, a 19th century Mexican botanist.
I used to plant more than a half dozen hanging baskets and a couple dozen pots with annuals. I was not that ambitious, but I did plant a couple hanging baskets with a variety of petunia that I like called "superpetunias".
When I was at the nursery there were a few annuals that caught my eye, so I do have a couple pots with flowers on the patio.
And I couldn't resist buying a "poblano" pepper plant. (The tag gives it the cutesy name of "Ancho Villa"... "ancho" being the name for a dried "poblano".)
With luck, when I return from Mexico in late August, I might be harvesting some "poblanos" for a taste of Mexico at home.