After , we walked around Coyoacán, one of Mexico City's charming historic neighborhoods with sherbet-colored buildings, bustling plazas, green parks, a food and souvenir market, and coyotes everywhere. No, not real ones. "Coyoacán" means "place of coyotes" in the Aztec language Nahuatl. Two bronze coyotes frolic in a large fountain in Jardín Centenario, within view of a lovely patio at , where we had lunch. We sampled a variety of moles (pronounced MOH-lays), earthy, rich sauces made from dried chiles, herbs, fruits, tomatillos, and/or sometimes chocolate. David and I tried chapulines --- fried whole grasshoppers, a traditional Oaxacan snack-- stuffed into plantain hush puppies. They were pretty good, and I just tried to ignore the occasional leg sticking out. At the market we saw mole powders and pastes piled high like modeling clay. The colorful buildings of Coyoacán make a pretty backdrop for the occasional potted aloe or rambling bougainvillea. This classic car squeezed into a narrow gated driveway reminded me of the in the movie Roma . Across the street from the market, Parque Allende's neatly fenced boxwood hedges rein in an exuberance of bold and airy foliage and glowing white flowers. Strappy African iris, Acanthus mollis , and other plants I don't know are block-planted within the orderly hedges. The brick-red stucco of a neighboring building makes a perfect contrast with powder-blue agaves. Coyoacán didn't elicit any howls of disappointment from us! We explored for a few hours and then headed back to our Airbnb in the Centro Histórico neighborhood, which I'll show in my next post. Up next: Purple jacarandas, spiky agaves, and more in Centro Histórico, the historic center of Mexico City. For a look back at the , click here. *I welcome your comments; please scroll to the end of this post to leave one. If you're reading this in a subscription email, and find the comment box at the end of each post.* *** Digging Deeper: News and Upcoming Events **Join the mailing list for !** Hungry to learn about garden design from the experts? I'm hosting a series of talks by inspiring garden designers, landscape architects, and authors a few times a year. Held in Austin, the talks are limited-attendance events that sell out quickly, so join the Garden Spark email list to be notified in advance. Simply . *All material © 2020 by Pam Penick for . Unauthorized reproduction prohibited.*
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