Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas!

I apologize for the terrible photo but I wanted something original and you have no idea how hard I worked to get this onto my computer. I took it on my smartphone this morning because I finally realized I must have left my camera at the north house. Then I discovered that my smartphone isn't talking to my laptop (via bluetooth or wi-fi). This is the best I can do without expert help. 

Anyways, 

May the spirit of Christmas be with all of you!

 

 



Sunday, October 16, 2016

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - October 2016

It's October and there is chaos in my garden.
The builder has been in for 9 days.
My front windows and door have been boarded up for 2 days.
The roof tiles went in a few hours before we had the first rains of autumn.
There is sand, dust and bits of rubble everywhere, outside.
It's going to get worse before it gets better!

renovating

Now I know you didn't come over to look at a building site, so let me show you a few shots of the garden.


This is definitely the only bit that looks reasonable. The oleander is still blooming and the red hibiscus is outdoing the yellow one that is getting too much shadow from the orange tree.




By the side wall, there are four-o-clocks (Mirabilis jalapa) and lavender.

mirabilis jalapa



And that's about it. They say it's going to be a cold winter.
See you soon. I'm off to explore the gardens linking to May Dreams Gardens.




Monday, August 15, 2016

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - August 2016

Welcome again to my Algarve garden!

Summer has been hot and dry. Forest fires have raged for the past week, causing havoc and sadly taking lives, too. Moaning about brown patches in my lawn seems rather inappropriate, considering what some districts of Portugal have been going through.

view from my gate
This is the view as you enter the front gate. You can see a lavender that was half hidden behind another one last year. The oleander is flowering well. It is actually much prettier than it looks in my photo. There are large brown patches in the grass, but I'm not too bothered about that.

August's best bed
This is the only bed looking quite lush. However, blooms are not very forthcoming.

Colourful
Here's a little bit of colour around the roses, but it's too hot for rose blooms - maybe next month.

You can count on me
And finally, some flowers by the carport and side door.

While here we are looking forward to cooler weather, I'm sure you'll find many longing for Spring on the other side of the world. 

Thank you to May Dreams Gardens for hosting Bloom Day.




Sunday, May 15, 2016

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - May 2016

Hello and welcome back to my Algarve garden.

Summer flew in for a short visit at the end of April. Then the rain returned and last Tuesday it seemed we were back to wet, cool, windy weather. Whatever happened to Spring? Well, I'd said it finally put in an appearance the day before yesterday. That's when I did the first bout of gardening this year! I was so out of practice that now my whole body is sore.

The recent heavy rain has ruined some of my rose blooms but there are still enough to brighten up the garden.
red roses


yellow roses


yellow and red


white rose


yellow patio rose


perfumed


Aren't these tiny, fragrant, pink roses perfect?



The last of the white lilies.

white lilies


yesterday, today and tomorrow
I love the way the flowers open this colour and then fade to white.

Clivia
After years of never seeing the Clivia flower, I have this explosion of colour in a shady area. I am so pleased.



Don't forget to visit May Dreams Gardens. See you soon.






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