viernes, 17 de noviembre de 2017

Jacaranda time...

Some of my readers might be shocked at this but I don't like Jacarandas.. maybe because they are messy trees (their hard seed pods are a nightmare when I mow the lawn!) or maybe because they are extremly common here (familiarity breeds contempt I heard) the neighbourhood looks too purple lately...they bloom in midspring and and then again in late summer.I have 3 of them in my garden, they were planted by my grandfather more than 20 years ago and I'd never remove them because of this so I have to put up with them... To people in colder climates Jacarandas are an exotic and irresistible sight but to me a cherry tree or a red maple are exotic desirable beauties (I've failed trying to stablish both in my garden)

the purple carpet... all to the compost pile!

See you next time!

martes, 14 de noviembre de 2017

Mid spring

It's mid spring down here and temperatures are getting hotter by the minute, the sun is scorching hot and despite the usual rainy days I have to water the plants almost daily:  evaporation rates exceed the precipitation here in spring and summer. I really dislike heat, it depletes me and drains my energy and will to work in the garden, Some plants like the water lilies are anyways happy with heat.

My Jacarandas are blooming

With less humidity roses are healthier, less blackspot, less powdery mildew.. the problem now is their blooms get scorched by the sun, I took the pictures early in the morning because by the afternoom most of them were shrivelled

There are still some Camellias blooming, but most of them are now growing new shoots.

Amaryllis continue blooming, they are just gorgeous!

The first Gladiolus of the year, it's quite small I think they don't get enough sun where I planted them

It's Hibiscus time: I should love these plants more, they are so reliable in this climate.

I discovered this pretty Aquilegia yesterday! I thought I had lost them all!

See you next time!

miércoles, 1 de noviembre de 2017

The white water lily

One of my favorite water lilies has bloomed, I think she is Gonnere, I had ordered Snowflake but the flower doesn't look like it... it wouldn't be the first time that the nursery sends me the wrong lily. I anyways love this nymphaea because the blooms have many petals. This kind of extra double nymphaeas are my favorites!

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martes, 24 de octubre de 2017


After a very rainy winter, it’s finally dry enough to sit in my garden and enjoy the sunshine. It’s been a stunning spring week: clear, blue sky, a slight breeze and the sun’s rays feel just warm (not scorching yet!). My garden is simply bursting with life: The fish and the frogs in the pond are swimming around excitedly, hummingbirds, bees and bumblebees hoover over the flowers all day!

Another water lily has bloomed: Mayla, the first flowers are usually small with faint color.

Barbara Dobbins continues blooming.

Tillandsia Aeranthos on a Jacaranda.

The last Camellias.. I'll miss them

The flowering peach still has some blooms

Hibiscus Sinensis

Red Amarillys

I found this nest after the last storm

Magnolia grandiflora

Probably the last Iris bloom of the year

Pink Pelargonium

And Roses: undisputed Queens of the garden, now feeling/looking a bit better with sunny days.

Honoré de Balzac, I love this rose! She's so double that looks like a cabbage!

Unidentified rose

Unidentified rose

Unidentified rose

Parure d'Or, my favorite rose

Bonica 82

White Christmas

See you next time!