In a tiny tropical country tucked away quietly in-between the Americas and the Caribbean, the resplendence of Spring is showing off her most dazzling new outfits.
This pint sized garden-scape also becomes a perfumery, the air filled with the sweet fragrances of blossoming trees, vines, orchids, bromeliads and flowers.
Towering tree canopies become homes to nesting residents and our migratory avian species: colourful and beautiful, their plumage is on full display as the new parents busily prepare for their young by reinforcing their nests throughout these dry months of the year.
In April and May Mother Nature puts on her most spectacular show, and we—and maybe even you if you decide to join us—have front row tickets to watch Belize In Bloom! The competition’s begun, below is a list of our more promising contenders!
The Frangipani Tree, or Flor De Mayo, is endemic to Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. They are adorning parks, churches, and even public spaces in Belize.
Its blooming period is during the warmer months, so branches that were previously barren, have now become overwhelmed with ravishing flowers of white, pink, and even yellow. Furthermore, the tree is accompanied by an aroma as pleasant as its appearance.
Madre De Cacao
The flourishing Madre De Cacao is a simple tree with an elegant flower: the tones of pink, purple, and white shading into each other, graduating effortlessly from one colour.
Known for its impressive bloom, the Madre De Cacao catches your eye, especially when observed in its blossoming glory with the Xunantunich Archaeological Site in its backdrop.
The Flamboyant Tree
The Flamboyant Tree, also aptly known as “Flame Tree” explodes with bold red and orange flowers in the month of May.
But eye candy and cool shade aren’t the only things this tree provides, for its seeds are often fashioned by the hands of prowessed artisans into all manners of exotic jewellery.
The Quam Wood Tree
Growing wild in the dense Belizean jungle, the Quam Wood or Cortez Tree, abandons its usual fern-like leaves to clothe itself in vibrant, yellow flowers; conspicuous even from a distance, as its flowers adorn the canopies like a golden crown.
A favourite of the Scarlet Macaw, the Quam Wood tree’s branches become real estate for the bird’s nests, and the tree’s flowers and fruits, a feast for Howler Monkeys.
This tree and its inhabitants are sure to be a rewarding sight after a peaceful hike through the jungle!
Honestly, if it was left up to us, this list would go on for much, much longer, but a few honourable mentions that couldn’t get their own special segment.
We still feel deserve at least a shout-out are the: May Flower, black orchid, bougainvillea, bleeding heart, red hibiscus, and the parrot flower.
Spring In Belize
Many exhilarating opportunities for adventure await you. Safari through Belize’s thick jungles teeming with wildlife and rich with flora; hike at your own pace or horseback ride through trails trekked by the Maya centuries before you.
You are guaranteed to have an experience like none other when adventuring through this charmingly high-spirited country.