Thursday, January 15, 2015

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - Jan. 2015

Welcome! This is going to be a very short post as I don't have many blooms to show you.

lavender in winter

The lavenders are the best bloomers, even in our present frosty winter.

another lavender in winter

It started raining today after about a month of sunny days, not much wind and colder than average winter temperatures for the Algarve.

yellow hibiscus and white rose

The roses need pruning but perhaps it's best to wait until the frosty mornings leave us!

roses in winter

And that's it for today. Thank you to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting Bloom Day.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - Dec. 2014

Here are some of the photos I took on the 15th. This is how my garden is looking in December. After a very wet November, the grass looked straggly. Sometimes you just have to let the professionals take over. I saw the gardener working across the road and invited him to come over and do his stuff. 

lavender and red roses
He cut back the creeping rosemary quite drastically and some lavenders too but I asked him not to touch this one.
red roses and lavender
If I'd had time, I'd have deadheaded all the roses and maybe I would have more looking like this...
pretty unusual rose
... or like this....
The aloe arborescens has flowered!
aloe arborescens

My enormous orange tree has lots of sweet, juicy oranges.
orange tree in background
My first orchids of the season.
orchids from Madeira

My other orchids were under the orange tree, which isn't the best place to be when oranges start falling to the ground. Well, trying to move them to the verandah, I managed to break two of their fragile stems - the oranges didn't get them but I unfortunately did. Clumsy!

And that's all from my Algarve garden. Merry Christmas!

Monday, November 24, 2014

My gingerbread man

Yesterday I went to a Christmas fair in Lagoa. 

It was supposed to be a quick, low-budget visit. Then I saw the writer of this Gardening magazine and had to buy a copy, Then I saw the Christmas crackers and decided to buy some to take into my English classes and then I fell in love with the gingerbread man! He came from a Canadian lady's stall, where everything smelled scrumptious! I had forgotten to take my camera so gingerbread man survived until after the photo was taken...

The fair was held at the former Lagoa Winery, now turned into an Art Gallery. About that all I can say is "Wow!"

If you are in the Algarve, go and see for yourself.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - November 2014

On the 15th of every month garden bloggers from all over the world show off their blooms in a post and link up with May Dreams Gardens

So welcome to my garden in the central Algarve region of Portugal! It's in hardiness zone10a.

I've been having trouble keeping on top of everything.
wilting roses
In the rose bed, the last of the blooms, some ground covers and weeds.
Other activities and lack of "gardening weather" explain why I've posted a day late a few times. 
There is another reason this month, though. It rained off and on for a few weeks and the grass kept growing until I figured I should call in the professionals, i.e. the gardener. I thought  my little old lawnmower and I weren't up to the job. As it turned out I was wrong. 
Yesterday the gardener didn't show, I became really upset thinking how the photos would look, decided to try doing the job myself (had a difficult night as a result of my allergic rhinitis), the lawnmower cooperated and the grass got cut! However, by the time I finished it was too late to take photos.

There isn't much blooming at the moment.

Along the side wall there are some red and yellow hibiscus blooms.
Yellow hibiscus and red hibiscus

One lavender is in serious need of being cut back but this one is still going strong.
I love lavender

And some foliage is as good as having blooms, don't you think?.
gorgeous foliage

Looking forward to seeing you again next month.

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