Thursday, April 17, 2014

This 'n that

It's so long since I fiddled with my blog that I've forgotten how to edit the side bars and add/remove bloggers and  books.  I can just about get my head round a new post.

Time whooshes by, the temperatures are in the mid to late 20Cs and I'm out most of the day labouring in the garden.   The vibrant ice plants are out.....

The NZ bottle brush is back again and other stuff that looked as if it had died has miraculously reappeared.

What a pleasure  it is to be out there, even though my old bones ache at the end of the day.

Monday, March 03, 2014


The peerless Paco couldn't get to us until last week as the weather had been so wild and wet.   Within 6 hours, the orchard was reduced from knee-high weeds to looking a bit more loved....

I see there is  a goodly number of lemons ready to pick and I have just the recipe - lemon curd (called lemon cheese in some parts) only 10 minuts in the microwave and absolutely idiot-proof.   El jefe loves it, as do I, but last time I had it my face blew up like a balloon.  I rushed to the doctor who reassured me it was temporary - the salivary glands had become irritated.  

The freesia seeds I put in at the wrong time  last year have blossomed and what intoxicating perfume they have.  

All the osteospurmums are out and the black-eyed Susans have not stopped flowering all winter...

And for the first time, the iris that has just sat there for 2 years gave us some blooms at the same time as the canna lilies..

We have a smart new colourful awning to protect us from the Poniente (the strong westerly Atlantic wind).   The plastic window in our original awning got ripped to bits in a gale last month.   Our new one has a smaller window and we love it,  as we can still see the garden as we sit  on the patio for our morning coffee.  

There's still a lot to do (as ever) and I have more enthusiasm now to do it.   Sadly, the days of spending hours working out there are gone.   I can manage 3 hrs. max and then have to take a nap.   I must get myself a hammock!

Friday, January 31, 2014

more orchid trees

A dear friend , to whom we gave an white orchard tree sapling a few months back, made a sentimental journey to Hong Kong before Christmas.   She was delighted when she recognised the distinctive leaves of the tree and sent this pic of the fabulous pink variety.  

We are waiting for the esteemed Spanish gardener, Paco, to come and tackle our neglected garden.   We need a good kick up the bum to get going and a couple of days of Paco's ministrations should do the trick.    It's the month  to have a huge prune and gardeners are worried that the sap has never stopped rising - in bloom and never stopping are bouganvillea, Cape honeysuckle, plumbago, lilies and irises.   

Saturday, December 14, 2013

To one and all who pass by

The garden is waiting to be put to bed but the sun shines, temperature around 20C in the mid-day early afternoon and things will not stop growing.

See you next year.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Correction to Christmas Cactus plant post.

All this time I thought we had a magical plant that changed its appearance every season but on closer inspection, el jefe discovered that there are two different types in the pot!   Obvious when you think about it.

Here's a lovely quote I saw on Titania's  Australian gardening blog:

Cicero - "With a garden and a library, you have everything you need". 

Monday, October 07, 2013


We got the seeds from an orchid tree on the banks of the River Iro in our home town and have nurtured this spindly thing for at least two years.   A while ago we gave one burdgeoning tree to a friend.  She planted it out in her drive, s.e. facing wall, very poor soil and below is the result.     El jefe has protected ours against winter's westerly chilly winds  with a mesh-clad cylinder.   It's against a morning glory-clad fence.  

 We hope it will eventually do as well as the one we gave away.

Saturday, October 05, 2013

October wonders

I posted about this flower last year when, what I thought would be a flame red cactus flower blossomed as a white one.   The true red colour appeared early this year and people I asked thought it was related to the Christmas cactus.   Well, as you can see, it's bloomed again, several flower heads, all a beautiful white with a pink tinge.   What an amazing plant this is.