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More Flowers from the Garden


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Vegetable Flowers


okra flower

I’ve been amazed recently at the beauty of nonornamental flowers. We planted okra and squash for their vegetables, not their flowers! Did you know that okra is related to hibiscus? I guess that’s why it’s flowers are so beautiful.

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International Women’s Day

These are some flowers that James gave me for International Women’s Day (March 8th):


The only place to buy flowers in town is the yard of this family that grows a lot of flowers. I think it’s neat that flowers are local and you can pick them yourself! This bunch was the equivalent of about $1. I hadn’t heard of Women’s Day before coming here, but I like it. It’s sort of celebrated like Mother’s Day, except that it’s for non-mothers as well. To celebrate, we went on a picnic at a beautiful waterfall with some Lao friends.

International Women’s Day on Wikipedia

Today I’m leaving for a retreat in a different part of Laos. We’re going with James’ co-workers who are all from Laos except for one. It’ll be good to get to know them better and practice speaking Lao with them. We’ll be gone for a week and a half, so I won’t be posting as much during that time. When I get back, I’m planning to take some pictures of the market and post them. Two friends have told me that this is what the people want 🙂 I’ll feel a little self-conscious taking the pictures since the market is a very ordinary place to the people who work there and they know I’m not a tourist. Oh well!