It's the 15th of the month again. One of the reasons I like the Garden bloggers' bloom day challenge so much is that it has made me more aware of exactly what blooms when. My aim is have flowers in winter in every corner of my garden. After all, this is the Algarve and even on a grey winter's day like today, the temperatures are expected to range between 6 and 14 degrees Celsius.
Aloe arborescens does very well in this region. Mine is in a pot (not the best place for it) and has produced a flower. The close-up was taken 4 days' ago.
The grass (in the background) has a common weed for company but I won't panic as I did before because my friendly gardener told me not to worry about it: "The frost and spring weather will make it wither," he said. The grass needs mowing but it's cold (at least I think it is) and unpleasantly windy and I'm ill.
The orchids haven't flowered yet but this yellow one looks promising. As I was taking photos this morning, guess what I discovered on my more fragile red orchid - a couple of locusts - yuck - I didn't invite them!
|Locusts enjoying the morning sun|
I am amazed that the hibiscus still have some blooms - not looking their best but who can blame them.
This geranium seems to like living by the wall.
"You can count on me" section
This lavender flowers all year round!
These lavenders are looking good. One is starting to bloom now and the one behind it has beautiful grey foliage.
Some more "shades of grey" - groundcovering rosemary and lamb's ear.
I've discovered the name of this dependable bush - it's a blue potato bush (Lycianthes rantonnetii).
My potato vine flowers all year long, too. Pushing through is some jasminum polyanthum that is ready to bloom and scent the air next month.
Now for some firsts:
This is supposed to keep away mosquitoes. I can't remember its name but I am used to seeing it flower in summer. Well, it's decided to flower now, which is a nice surprise.
These are the first orange blossoms and there are lots of oranges still on the tree!
This is my first crocus flower this year!
Indoors, my poinsettias are still looking quite good. I can't believe that they even survived being left alone in the cold house while I travelled north. I don't usually have luck with them so the fact they are still looking OK after spending a month in my home is indeed a pleasant surprise.
Now I'm off to May Dream Gardens, where Carol hosts this challenge, to visit some wonderful gardens. Why don't you join me?