I have come to love cactii and succulents so much since we have spent time in our little Spanish house. Their patience and fortitude fills me with gratitude.
They wait patiently for water and they endure the blistering heat. Our garden here is so,so different than the one we love in the UK. But, I still get the same pleasure from walking around daily and seeing how things have changed,grown and developed.
Simple pleasures that I love. When we have been back in the UK for many months I often wonder how the plants will be. And one of my rituals on our return to Spain is to walk around our little garden and terraces as soon as we return.
Here were some of the things I saw this morning.
First a little wander around the back terrace with the sun trying to shine weakly through the clouds.
I have grown nearly all the ones in these pictures from small plants people have given to us.
Our newest cacti looking resplendent on the tiles.
And then a wander in the front garden. Just this year we took out a very old lemon tree and a crazy Jasmine that thought it was a triffid in a sweet smelling disguise!
And I love the different textures,colours and architectural shapes in this little group.
My nursery pot. Where I tuck in baby plants and hope they grow.
And sometimes it works so well.
This beauty started as a tiny, tiny offshoot.
I am always on the lookout for unusual containers and these are my latest. An old bicycle basket put beside the rubbish bins and a strawberry box making me remember the juicy fruits of summer on the market. The Yukka fronds are just baby ones from the big Yukkas on the back terrace. I just pop them in compost and give them some Reiki!
I just love the spotty appearance of this little cacti. And one new part is in the shape of a heart!
And after rain I always make a move to the garden early because magical raindrop jewels will have tucked themselves in amongst the fleshy leaves.
This morning as I was wandering and perusing I noticed one sad little pot.
Patiently waiting but confined in far too small a pot. I think this little feller will soon become about eight new cacti plants. But, my goodness some serious preparation is needed before I start on that job.
Thick gloves,cutlery and some new pots. And plenty of time with the tweezers afterwards because no matter how hard I try a prickle always seems to find its way into a new home in my thumb.
The only downside of cacti I can think of!
I hope you gave enjoyed a prickly, succulent wander with me this morning.
Love Linda x