sábado, 9 de septiembre de 2017

Rainy days, sunny days..

It's been a really really boring week in my garden, many rainy days and few totally clear days

But I am happy because my common peach trees are blooming! I love peach trees!

The flowering peach is blooming too, here on a sunny day

Can you spot the hummingbird?

On a rainy day

The spiraea cantoniensis looks beautiful

I'll grow new plants from cuttings in summer, I want more spiraeas in the garden

This pink climbing rose is blooming nicely

It blooms only once in a year in spring

Unfortunately most flowers are too high up to take good pictures of them!

On a Rainy day..

See you next time!

viernes, 1 de septiembre de 2017

Spring is just around the corner...

The signals of spring are here and some plants anticipate it with their blooms..

the first Iris flower of the year

And Rhododrendrons!

 Spiraea cantoniensis is a plant that epitomizes spring here

Climbing roses are blooming!

Hibiscus bloom almost year round here but look especially good in the warmest months.. Spring here is very short and quickly checked by summer heat, the spring lushness is short lived here and stops with the first heat waves of late spring so I will enjoy this nice time while it lasts!

See you next time!

viernes, 25 de agosto de 2017

Another rainy day

It's been a boring week: the rain continues and I can't work in the garden, some plants seem happy anyways...

Camellias, undisputed Queens of winter

The flowers of the Spiraea cantoniensis look even more delicate after the rain

Clivias can bloom at any time of the year..

I also have yellow Clivias but they are less prolific bloomers

Today I discovered the first Rhododendron buds!

In the pond the water lilies are sending up new pads! can't wait to see them bloom!

See you next time!

sábado, 19 de agosto de 2017

Rainy day...

Today the rain (and back pain) keep me from working in the garden. Besides Camellias not many plants are blooming right now.

This white Camellia is usually a late bloomer and last year the heat ruined her buds before they opened, I'm glad she bloomed earlier this year!

See you next time!

miércoles, 16 de agosto de 2017

The rival Queens

It's often said that the Camellia is the Queen of Winter and the Rose the Queen of Springtime but in my climate their reigns overlap! The result is a Regal clash! When I was a child I was spellbound by a Camellia in the garden of my school, it was planted next to a  beautiful red Rosebush and I always imagined them as rival Queens, like two Operatic Divas on stage trying to outsing one another! Something like the duel of the Queens in Donizetti's Maria Stuarda!

The Camellia and the Rose: ¿Who do you think is more beautiful? 

martes, 15 de agosto de 2017

The Camellia by Honore de Balzac

In Nature's poem flowers have each their word 
The rose of love and beauty sings alone;

The violet's soul exhales in tenderest tone;

The lily's one pure simple note heard.

The cold Camellia only, stiff and white,

Rose without perfume, lily without grace,

When chilling winter shows his icy face,

Blooms for a world that vainly seeks delight.

Yet, in a theatre, or ball-room light,

I gladly see Camellias shining bright 

Above some stately woman's raven hair,

Whose noble form fulfills the heart's desire,

Like Grecian marbles warmed by Phidian fire

viernes, 11 de agosto de 2017

Rainy day

Today I wanted to divide and repot a lotus that took over the pond last summer but the rain forced me to stop and go back inside..

There are lots of rhizomes to divide, repot and give away..

Miss Red Camellia is happy with the rain, she loves to wear diamonds of rain!

See you next time!