A group of Cameron County Master Gardeners visited McAllen’s Quinta Mazatlan to tour their gardens. Along the walking trails, are mainly native plantings. The one native that was new to all of us was brush holly, Xylosma flexuosa. It was covered in beautiful yellow, orange and red berries.
Thanks to John Bush for sharing great info about the mostly plant material and history of the garden. John pointed out the scale on this cactus. When crushed it exudes a red substance, which is used in many natural dyes. In face, some people grow prickly pear cactus strictly to attract this particular scale.
The house and patio area are planted with palms and tropicals (and a few natives tossed in). Zurly and husband, Bill, posed underneath a beautiful Golden Shower Tree, Cassia fistula. We were told that in May, it was completey covered in the golden blooms.
Quinta Mazatlan had some lovely areas to picnic in.
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