One of my absolute favorites about Morelia hands down are the flowers! My grandpa apprenticed as a horticulturist in his birthplace of Wyk Auf Föhr, a small European Northern Sea island. His love of plants eventually brought him to the U.S. Well, the love of plants has passed down to me. I discovered that I was pretty decent in the garden. I have gardened in Chicago, Morelia, Houston, and San Antonio. As Morelia has a year-round mild temperate climate, it is great for plants. There is so much life in Morelia. From fruit trees to palm trees to flower bushes and trees.
These are my absolute favorite flowers of Morelia!! They come in an extravagantly wide variety of colors. I asked everyone and searched diligently online for the name for years. Enrique’s family and many Morelians call them flores de camelinas. It was not until a couple of years ago when I visited The Chicago Botanical Gardens that I finally discovered the name of the flowers. I went there for an orchid exhibit with my parents. We entered the tropical plants area at one point where I saw my beloved flowers. I was so enthusiastic that I now had a name for them. I excitedly exclaimed to my parents that these were the flowers of Morelia that I was talking about!!! I am sure the other visitors to the gardens were like, ‘ok lady just calm down’.
They are called bougainvillea. I have recently learned they are available in garden centers from California to Texas along with online shopping places. Now there are an abundance of photos of these flowers online under both names!! Ah life before the internet – yes that did exist… Either name you prefer to call them, they are absolutely gorgeous and proliferate quite well in Morelia. These flowers grow best in temperatures ranging from 65-75 degrees. This may be a large reason why they grow so great in Morelia.
Thank you for reading to the end! Now, you earned a bonus video. Enrique and Patty are walking Charlie in Morelia when we encounter butterflies on their migratory path.
Double bonus video: Why? Because: I randomly found this video in my collection that I took of Morelia countryside crickets. I came across this while creating this flower blog post. I took the video back when I was looking at the countryside flowers near Morelia. Bees and butterflies are not the only cool insects that give us amazing flowers to enjoy! An abundance of life is beautiful.