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...

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...

A Pond for Swimming In

Our first look at a swimming pond was a few years ago at a big flower show held in the UK at Hampton Court. This is held annually in July o...

Go wild – go native

There was a common theme at our recent Mediterranean Garden Fair which I felt could bear a little more exploration, and it struck home as I ...

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...

Descobrimentos ! * tale of a new garden

Pistaccia lentiscus berries Our arrival at a new home in Portugal several years ago has meant learning about different plants, both native a...

Late summer flowers...

......in a Mediterranean garden, a small selection. Criteria for inclusion: Plant must make a reasonable show of colour between mid Aug &...

A Farewell to Grass

by Lou Rutter One huge drawback to converting our lawns in Cumeada into one of these “dry gardens” we read (and hear) so much about is my ...

Permaculture...

....where problems are seen as the solutions ! What do problems such as low rainfall, poor soil quality and increasing fertiliser costs have...

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...

Starting from scratch in the Algarve

Some useful guidance on the tricky subject of making your first garden in the Algarve from Burford Hurry. He has been gardening in the Algar...

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...

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