December 2009

Hi everyone!

You may have noticed that we have finally got our new domain name working with the blog. The blog will remain available on the old address too, but please update your bookmarks to the new address, which is (drum roll…)

A happy christmas for everyone, and a green and prosperous new year!

Olá todos!

Tenho o prazer anunciar que o blog tem um dominio proprio, afinal! O site fica disponivel no endereço antigo, mas se faz favor, actualiza os seus bookmarks para o endereço novo, que está..

Feliz Natal para todos, e um prospero (e verde!) ano novo!

It is the beginning of December. This morning between the rain showers, in dazzling sunshine, I went for a walk to see my winter garden. This was a truly astonishing experience because I found 50 different species that I have planted in the last few years all flowering – I mean now altogether in December! (In November we had night temperatures down to 5C and only 60mm rain.)  For those of you who have limited experience of gardening in the Algarve I hope the following list might be helpful. PIC Passiflora mollis


“Flowering in December”

Abelia x grandiflora
Abutilon megapotamicum
Alstroemeria sp.
Artemesia arborescens
Bergenia cordifolia
Bouganvillea sp.
Camellia japonica
Choisya arizonica
Chrysanthemum sp.
Clerodendron ugandense
Cotoneaster lacteus (berries not flowers)
Crassula ovata
Cuphea ignea
Dianthus sp
Duranta plumieri
Freemontodendron californicum
Fuchsia sp
Gaura lindheimeri
Hebe sp.
Hemerocallis sp
Hypoxis hemerocallis
Iochroma grandiflorum
Jasmium officinale
Lantana camara
Lantana montevidensis
Leptospermum scoparium
Leucophyllum frutescens
Osteospermum fructicosum
Passiflora mollis
Plumbago auriculata
Portulaca grandiflorum
Punica granatum Nana
Rosa 7 different ones
Rosmarinus officinalis
Russelia equisitiformis
Salvia guarantica
Salvia leucantha
Salvia microphyllum
Senna floribunda
Solanum rantonetii
Sparmannia africana
Sutera cordata
Tecoma stans
Tecomaria capensis
Thunbergia alata
Tradescantia pallida