Friday, April 15, 2016

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - April 2016

I wish you could smell the tangerine blossom near my kitchen window. It is divine!

Oops, I forgot to take a photo before it got dark. It was a grey, showery morning but I was hoping the sun would come out, so I postponed the photography until the afternoon. Then I went out to ease the stress of waiting for a reply to my offer on a holiday home and when I got back it was too late.


lobster plant


The lobster plant is adding some colour near the front gate and complementing the lemon tree on the back patio (forgot to take a photo of that one, too).


pretty groundcover


The ground cover near the lobster plant is very happy. I need to plant more of this in other areas of the garden.


Cymbidium


By my front door the Cymbidium orchids reign supreme. This is one of the repotted ones. I'm so glad they didn't stop blooming.


Cymbidium


And here is the other repotted Cymbidium.

Cymbidium close-up

Isn't it beautiful? 


Well, that's it from my Algarve garden. As usual I am linking to May Dreams Gardens, where Bloom Day is hosted. 


See you soon.

 



Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - March 2016

Hello,

What can I say about February? 
There were a lot of grey, wet and windy days and on the days it was sunny I was either too busy or unwell.
The garden looked terribly neglected. 
I couldn't bring myself to write a post.
The only blooms then were these hibiscus and that shrub whose name I can't remember.
red hibiscus

yellow hibiscus

all-year-round blooms

March has been very windy so far but spring is definitely in the air. Today I finally ventured into the garden for a little clean-up. There are a few bald spots where the lavender and rosemary were cut back or died but come April they will be all patched up.


This grows wild in the countryside and is also now blooming in one of my containers while I decide the best place for it in the garden.

blooming lobster plant

A little blue from my lobster plant in an otherwise patchy bed.

Last year I had to divide and repot my cymbidium orchids. I was worried that some might die or at least not flower for ages and although I did lose some I still have enough blooms to satisfy me. I even managed to get some baby plants from the back bulbs. One thing I learned from that is that it takes a whole lot of patience - it has taken almost a year for some to sprout!

Cymbidium

Cymbidium - large blooms

Hopefully next month I will have the garden in better shape. In the meantime I'll be looking for inspiration at May Dreams Gardens where Bloom Day posts take us all over the world.




Sunday, January 17, 2016

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - January 2016

In November and December it rained on and off, sometimes very hard, though never as much as on the first of November, when we had flash floods in the Algarve. As a result, my back patio is covered in green, slippery moss and the front garden is very green. There are lots of weeds but very few blooms. 

If I let it, this lobster plant will take over the space left by the lavender that was removed last month.
lobster plant


tired lavender

This lavender needs cutting back or I might lose it completely, too.

lavender

This lavender is growing through the fence. It is the longest surviving lavender in my garden.

rosemary

The rosemary is also brightening up the area by the gate.


And here is that plant that keeps giving (Christina asked, but I can't remember its name, sorry).

There are still some roses.

red rose

pink-centred white rose

ice rose


The twigs may give you an idea of the amount of work to be done asap.

Actually, as I end this post, I realise that my photos contradict my initial statement about there not being many blooms this month.

I am joining May Dreams Gardens late as has become my habit lately. If you haven't been there, have a look now.

See you next month!


 


Sunday, January 10, 2016

Wishing...

... I could sit here more often.
perfect place for tranquility

Can you guess where "here" is?

Is it too late to wish everyone a Happy 2016? Make the best of what comes your way.




Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas!


Nativity scenes are very popular in Portugal and this year the little town of Guia, famous for its chicken piri-piri restaurants, has a very interesting one that invites you to walk along its narrow streets between two churches.

The annunciation
You start here, then cross the  road and walk along...






And, to the left and further up you find the second church.

 If you like churches, you may like to visit my Portuguese blog, where I'm going to start a Sunday post featuring churches from different parts of the country.
 


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