Christmas is just around the corner!
|A student gave me this beautiful poinsettia ('Estrela de Natal' in Portuguese).|
In the Algarve we've had a lot of rain over the past month and the temperatures are still allowing things to grow, so the garden got out of control. I usually cut the grass myself but when I had free time it was raining and when I didn't, which has been most of the time, grass and weeds just kept on growing!
So I had to make a choice - either I called in a professional gardener or the overgrowth would make me miserable. The gardener came and did a lot of cutting, pruning and clearing. This is the result - looking a bit bare now!
|But the aloe arborescens flower is about to open.|
There are lots of oranges and tangerines (my lemon bush hasn't been very productive, though).
|Only three small lemons on my lemon bush at the back (the grasshoppers had a go at it before I terminated their stay).|
|My orange tree dominates the front garden.|
|At the back there's a tangerine bush and some bright red geranium blooms.|
|A pink geranium.|
|This is really the last of the bougainvillea blooms.|
Here is the path to the back patio:
|Creeper, strawberry plants and other potted plants.|
|Flowers of the creeper above.|
I love this creeper (anyone know what it's called?) because it doesn't lose its leaves in winter and it flowers all year round.
The lavenders are still flowering.
I've taken some cuttings and hope to have some reasonably sized plants to give to friends in the spring.
If the snails don't get them first, I hope to have some yellow and red orchids next month. This is what I love about gardening - there is always something to look forward to!
|Cuphea, santolina, lantana (leaves turned purple) in a planter and some orchids in pots.|