Sunday, October 18, 2009

67 ~ Sunday in the Garden

Phormium
Phormium

What a beautiful morning it is today! Blue skies and warm sunshine. I've put on my shorts and a sleeveless top and have just made us some fresh coffee so let's go sit outside on the patio and watch the parrots in the trees while we drink it. Then I'm inviting you to come for a wander through the garden with me to take a closer look at what is growing.

parrot The parrots aren't native to here but are escapees from a local parrot conservation park. They are quite happy to live in the free outdoors and congregate here in the mornings just outside my bedroom window making enough noise to wake me. This one sits in the Jerusalem Thorn tree. (Parkinsonia Aculeata.)
Look over there at the Opuntia cactus with the sun behind it.

opuntia Here are some of the empty flower buds after the petals have fallen.

opuntia buds The cat seems quite happy over there on the grass.

Bibi The little Yellow Palm (Areca lutescens Bory) from Madagascar has put forth a branch of seeds.

palm seedsI love the way this little palm forms a cluster of thin bamboo-like trunks topped by the characteristic curved palm fronds. It looks like we need to get in there and do some pruning at the base so the trunks are more visible.
Everything grows so quickly here, our main garden work is pruning and cutting back the bougainvillae and succulents such as aloe.


I planted this wild grass years ago and although it becomes rampant on waste ground, it has been kept in check in our garden by neighbouring aloe and bougainvillae plants.

grass

wild grass

old man's head Cleistocactus straussii from Bolivia, although I refer to it as 'old man's head' after I heard it from someone.

Let's walk around to the front garden shall we. The Piccabeen palm tree there still has some strands of seeds hanging although the little blue tits have been doing a good job of cleaning them off.

piccabeen palm I never tire of admiring the flowers of the white mandevilla.

mandevilla And in the dim shade of a tangle of palm leaves and jasmine is a stag horn fern (Platycerium.) I like to photograph the dark surrounding shell with sunlight behind.

stags horn fern And who could ever tire of bougainvillae; I always love to see its constant blooms.

bougainvillae Well that's the end of our garden walk today. I'm going back in the house to make us some breakfast while you take another look at the roses, strelitzia and yellow winter jasmine. I hope you've enjoyed the visit.

breakfast patio
Breakfast is ready!


breakfast tray

collage
I look forward to your next visit. Until then...Hasta la Vista!

6 comments:

nimenos said...

Impresionante jardín, de verdad... envidia, de la sana, pero envidia....

Besos

leslie said...

Your breakfast looks absolutely divine -especially having it outdoors at that lovely little table. Gorgeous photos of your garden Sharon -the parrot one amazes me, what a colorful visitor!

Canarybird said...

Gracias nimenos. Es un lugar tranquilo y bueno para tomar el sol de la mañana. Un saludo!



Thank you Leslie. Yes the morning garden is so pretty here. I only wish the parrots would make less noise in the mornings! Regards.

Anonymous said...

aIt comes through in your photographs how much you
are enjoying your idyllic life in Tenerife, the unusual
plants, the birds, the cats, your garden and the very
sweet breakfast on your sunny patio!! Very inspiring,
thank you. Aki

Anonymous said...

aIt comes through in your photographs how much you
are enjoying your idyllic life in Tenerife, the unusual
plants, the birds, the cats, your garden and the very
sweet breakfast on your sunny patio!! Very inspiring,
thank you. Aki

Canarybird said...

Nice to see you again Aki! Thank you for your comment. Yes I feel so lucky to be living here in this wonderful climate with an endlessly flowering garden.

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