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Gazanias – Unusual Daisies With Exquisite Detail

I love the way the droplets of water linger on the petals and leaves like tiny bubbles. These are small details we often fail to notice yet when captured in a photograph remind us of the simplicity of nature.

Gazania

Gazania

Other details include the unusual combinations of colours.

Gazania (pink and cream striped petals)

Gazania (pink and cream striped petals) Photo taken in Spring

And bees gathering pollen.

Gazania with yellow and orange flowers

Gazania with yellow and orange flowers (photo taken in Spring)

While I find Gazanais relatively easy to grow, I disagree with the experts comment that they are drought resistant. If I don’t water my plants regularly they resemble a bed of birds nests.

Are Gazanias drought resistant?

 

Gazanias are not drought resistant. (July 2016)

Gazanias are not drought resistant. (July 2016)

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This post was inspired by the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge. This week’s theme is ‘Details’

It’s January – so what’s blooming in Piglet’s garden?

On the 15th of each month bloggers from all over the world take part in Garden Bloggers Bloom Day organised by May Dream Gardens. What is blooming in your garden?

Arum Lily

Arum Lily

In the UK gardening in January like the weather, was depressing.. However, here in the Algarve I’m amazed there are so many plants, shrubs and succulents in bloom.

One of my favourite flowers is the Arum Lily. The leaves die down in summer when the sun is intense but in the winter we are rewarded with the most wonderful flowers!

This post continues over at Piglet’s Plot in Portugal

This post was originally reblogged from Piglet’s Plot in Portugal but due to a technical hitch I had to delete the post and start again. Does anyone else have problems reblogging or is it just me?

December Garden Bloggers Bloom Day in Portugal

On the 15th of each month I participate in a gardening blog hop called Garden Bloggers Bloom Day where garden bloggers all over the world share what is currently blooming in their garden.

So what’s blooming in Piglet’s plot?

The temperatures here in the Western Algarve have not dipped below 3C at night and have hovered well over 12C during the day. In fact last night it was 18C. We’ve had lots of rain as well as sunshine so the perfect combination for hungry mosquitos as well as a variety of plants.

Purple succulent with pink flowers

Purple succulent with pink flowers

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Succulent with orange flowers

succulent with orange flowers

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Aloe Arborescens

Aloe Arborescens

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Money plant

Money plant

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Agave

Agave

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Poinsettia

Poinsettia

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Hibiscus growing in a pot, December

Hibiscus growing in a pot, December

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Gazania in December

Gazania in December

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Osteospermum in December

Osteospermum in December

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Strawberry flowers in December

Strawberry flowers in December

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A Simple Way to Propagate Hibiscus

Hibiscus

Hibiscus

Hibiscus are my favourite plants (shrubs) because they are SO easy to grow and reward me with an abundance of beautiful flowers throughout the year. Unable to grow them in England I was naturally delighted to discover not only did they grow well in the Algarve, but also the amazing different varieties to choose from.

I began experimenting, as to the best method of propagating hibiscus from cuttings, a couple of years ago when the cost of buying plants in Portugal rose significantly. A 100% rise is a great incentive to master the technique of growing your own!

There are several different methods used to propagate shrubby plants, but this one consistently works for me…

Article continues over at my new gardening blog Piglet’s Plot http://pigletsplot.wordpress.com/2012/09/06/how-to-propagate-hibiscus-in-10-easy-steps/

Yellow Hibiscus Flower

Yellow Hibiscus Flower

Hibiscus growing in pot

Hibiscus growing in pot