TOP TEN FOR THE ALGARVE - Clematis

Species Clematis flammula – native to Portugal, blooms from April to August, aromatic white star flowers in clusters. Clematis flammula wit...

Roses in a Mediterranean climate – pain or gain ?

Rosa 'New Dawn' filling an arch  Our last garden in the UK was a small town garden with brick walls and hot sandy soil which dried o...

TOP TEN FOR THE ALGARVE - Lavender

  Lavender L avandula   dentata var. dentata   (E Spain, along the coastal areas, Gibraltar, Balearic Islands, N Africa).  O ne of the mor...

PLANT PORTRAIT - Oleander

The botanical name is Nerium oleander, with a few sub-species. The main contribution to our gardens comes from the many selected hybrids giv...

Fire and Water

I know many are complaining about the number of cloudy and wet days we have had recently. I am not one of them, every day with rain should b...

In Praise of.......white flowers

As we approach the longest day maybe it is time to retreat into the shade with a long cool drink and plan our fantasy dream gardens – whethe...

The Palm Weevil and the killer butterfly

Rhynchophorus ferrugineus and  Paysandisia archon in Portugal In Portugal we have two insects killing palm trees, both the weevil : Rhynchop...

Succulent delights

Haworthia sp. Succulents? You mean those fleshy-leafed or thorny dusty plants that so often are the outposts or contents of tired, neglected...

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