Category Archive: Green

Now what?

Given to me by my neighbour, these small artichokes were staring at me, making me nervous.  So I jumped in and prepared them following the best instructions I could find on the net….… Continue reading

Gift – regalo

My elderly neighbour across the fence casually pulled a bounty of vegetables from her abundant garden – baby artichokes, giant beans and some herbs.  At least I could share lemons in exchange.  Literally… Continue reading

Shades of Green

After a lot of trial and error finally achieved the right shades of green for the den doors. Pretty pleased with my paint job too… Save

Abandoned: abandonado

How my garden probably feels when I leave it too long.

Garden envy

Planted by my robust 80+ year old neighbour.  I find her hauling wood in the winter and hoeing like a trooper when preparing her garden for planting.  I can only look in wonder… Continue reading

Garden find: wild gladioli

The mystery of the green clumps in the garden has finally revealed itself. Perhaps I wasn’t here at the right time before or they just decided to come out this year.  Wild gladioli!… Continue reading

Old Olive tree: olivera

Now THAT is on old olive tree!

Giant asparagus

This weird Day of the Triffids plant made me turn my scooter around to take a photo.  It looked like a giant asparagus and must have been 15 feet tall.   Some kind… Continue reading

Pomegranate: Granada

I am now the proud owner of 4 pomegranates off my tree.  Such an exciting moment that turned into a gruesome task, with red juice and seeds splattering everywhere.  The red juice stains…there… Continue reading

Grapevine 2

This is how grapevines are supposed to look. Ashamedly, here is how mine looks. I think I have a lot to learn.  At least there’s only one vine to contend with. Lucky that… Continue reading

Surprise bird’s nest

Stumbled upon a surprise amongst the thorny rosehips.

Cactus Garden – Cap Roig

Visiting the gardens after a scorching June & July meant less flowers but more cacti.  The cactus garden at Jardin de Cap Roig near Palafrugell is stunning.

Fiesta time

A common site during fiesta time. Catalan flag and paper streamers decorated towns.

Capers: Taperas

I was wondering what these white flowering clumps were growing between rows of trees. Capers! Neither fruit nor seed but the bud of a thorny, low growing flowering shrub. Caper picking is an… Continue reading

Spot the lemons

Looking forward to a new crop in the winter.

Pickle fail

I’m not going to lie – after a promising start my pickle experiment was a big fail.  After 24 hours you could strip car paint with those cucumbers. Maybe I did something wrong.… Continue reading

Making Dill pickles: pepinillos

After the Great Olive Success I figured it’s time to expand the repertoire.  Not that I love dill pickles all that much but if they turn out well, they’re much easier to prepare… Continue reading

Iron gate: hierro

Long forgotten doorway in Manacor: home of Rafael Nadal.

Rose eating caterpillars

Last year the roses were covered with ants and this year it’s these funny looking caterpillars which I discovered are Rose Sawfly Larvae (Arge pagana).  Yuck.  According the Royal Horticultural Society: Large rose… Continue reading

Garden find: Calla Lilly

Something I discovered in March.  It looks like a calla/arum lilly.  Nothing surprises me in this garden that has every weed known to man.  In fact, Arum lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica) is regarded as a… Continue reading

Trees are amazing

After a severe pruning in December I cannot believe how the trees are growing back so vigorously.  From stumps to growth.  Trees are truly amazing.


What seemed like a long dead grapevine with no hope of revival suddenly sprung back to life with bushy exhuberance.  I look forward to seeing how it evolves over the summer. This is… Continue reading

Artist Rudi Patterson

Just thinking of a friend who recently passed and a happy reminder of him on my walls.  If only my garden was so well manicured….one day.  Read more about Rudi here. Quite a… Continue reading

Spring cactus

Prickly pear cactus that I’ve never been brave enough to try.  And a bit of research revealed the yellow flower to be Oxalis pes-caprae (Buttercup oxalis or African wood-sorrel) that originates in Africa… Continue reading

Spring day: primavera

Lush green fields from the car window on a sunny spring weekend.

A peek inside: al dentro

There’s a whole world that goes on behind closed shutters.  Beautiful green shade.

Ant attack: Hormigas

Stopping ants is a never ending battle. Sorry ants, time to get serious.  Step 1:  Fruit Tree Grease One positive side effect of harshly pruning all the fruit trees in the garden is… Continue reading

Too much stuff

  Watch comedian George Carlin’s classic video about having too much stuff.  I think it helped me to finally get through to my boyfriend about his flat. WAY too much stuff; 8 stereo… Continue reading

Dry stone wall

Beautiful example of a dry stone wall

Garden find: Friar’s Cowl

After the garden was cleared I found these little flowers popping up all over the place.  Finally unearthed to be Friar’s Cowl or arisarum vulgare.  I’m not sure whether that’s good or bad. … Continue reading

Go right: derecha

Random sign in the middle of nowhere.

Coloured glass

View through a window on a rainy day

A barren land

What happened to my lovely fruit trees?

garage: portassa

Faded green paint on old garage door.

Creative Gate

  Walking down a country lane

Garden: Corral

An Autumn jungle has grown in 6 weeks. Then, after cutting back, and more to come… So I have to say goodbye to persimmon, pomegranate, orange, quince and jujuba trees for a couple… Continue reading

Exotic planting

  What strange creature is this?  Seen at the Jardines de Alfabia, an estate at the foothills of the Tramuntana mountains that can be dated to 1170.   The original name derives from… Continue reading

Old tiles under tiles

Found in the kitchen, not enough left to save.