Wednesday, April 13, 2011

More Brilliant Flowers

It's the time of the year when they all come out at once.

Bougainvillae, Osteospermum and Aloe
They love the warm, cloudy April weather.
More to come....

Seen while walking April 14....

It's such a pleasure to walk around and see these scenes.

Thanks for dropping by and hasta la vista!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Mme. Pierre S. Dupont

Mme. P.S.Dupont

A favourite in my garden.  I have the climbing version of this rose, also know in North America as Mrs. P.S. Dupont.  It was bred by Charles Mallerin of France in 1929 as a hybrid tea, and later bred as a climber by Hillock in U.S.A. in 1933.

Although this is not ideal rose growing country, there are some which do well in my garden.  This one is on a very sheltered east-facing wall, crowded between vigorous climbing plants which often hide the rose canes.
Things grow madly here in this climate and cutting back is a weekly chore.

I love the rich buttery colour, the dark red stamens and the dainty petals.  Also the way the center petals stay tightly closed while the outer petals are unfolding, as in the middle photo.

Thanks for dropping by! Do come again soon.  Hasta la Vista!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Doves and Blackbirds

So many new birds have been visiting our garden lately.  I have never seen this type of dove before and couldn't believe my eyes when one came to rest in the brugmansia the other day.  Luckily I had gone into the garden camera in hand intending to catch Minnie the cat as she played.  But then I saw a flash of white stripe on a tail flying by, and then a shock of pink and tan feathers settling down on a branch.  I crept nearer and then used the zoom on my camera to catch this lovely creature.

Note...some days later:

I've since discovered that this dove is called the STREPTOPELIA TURTUR.


I showed this photo to my gardener, a local man, who said these coloured doves are quite common here in Canary Islands.  I do hope this one will visit often.

We also have a pair of light tan doves who spend their time in our Jerusalem thorn tree and since a friend told me that doves mate for life with one partner, I guess this must be a honeymoon couple who have set up house in our garden with a nest nearby.  I'm looking forward to seeing the little ones come to the feeder.
  Just hope there are too many of them! But aren't they lovely!

Here they are in the thorn tree.  Can you spot them?

Those yellow spiked flowers on the left are aloe vera.

And the doves close up...

And not to forget the blackbirds who visit every day.  I haven't seen any baby birds yet from them.
I hope the nests weren't destroyed with that big wind storm we had earlier.

Here are some taginaste blooming in a street garden.  They are over 5 ft tall.  These are in the same family as the red ones which bloom on the high mountainous area around the Teide volcano.

A landscape on the edge of town.

And looking out of my computer room window at the masses of bougainvillea in the garden.

Have a lovely beginning of April!  
Thanks for your visit and do drop by again.
Hasta la vista!


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