Apr 13, 2016


Days ago I posted in IG a photo of these beauties, t
hat I just found in a friend's garden and took some home as cut flower bouquet. 
They open during the day and last quite few days in a vase. 
They are perennial bulbs mostly native to Southern Europe
and I found that a common name is Star-of-Bethlehem.
 It seems cannot have enough of them these days!  
 I love them!

Apr 2, 2016

Son Baulo estate, Lloret (Majorca)

I spent few days in Majorca last month, but I only carry my ipad with me this time, as it was a business trip.  These are some pics from Son Baulo, a place that is a tearoom in the afternoons and a restaurant and events venue at night.  I visited it two years ago and again during my last trip to the island and confirmed that it stays as natural and country scenic as I remembered.

Mar 23, 2016

A late Happy Spring!!!

As this week's posts are about acknowledging the different dates marking the seasonal calendar, today is the turn to say a greeting to the spring time already arrived.
This Magnolia tree portrays perfectly the explosion of spring.  Here is to a late Happy Spring!

Mar 22, 2016

More greetings: Saint Joseph's plant

In Spain, the 19th of March marks the celebration of Father's Day.
Here is the plant that that receives its most popular name Vara de San José because it commonly blooms around this day and somehow it marks the start of spring, the botanical name is Asphodelus albus, and usually grow in the sides of the roads and extensively in fields and meadows.

Mar 21, 2016

Happy many seasonal festivities! first a late Saint Patrick greetings

This year there are so many festivities in almost the same week, that I think it deserves a collection of post to properly greet the season.  definitely we have said bye to winter, though it does not looks very springtime today.

This first post is about Saint Patrick:  it's all about green, of course! pics are from my few days in Mallorca.

Mar 14, 2016

End of winter garden visits - El Capricho Madrid

These two images are from a visit to one historic garden near Madrid, Parque El Capricho.
It was very interesting to walk the garden at the end of the winter when blooms are starting, 
but the bold trees still allow the sight to follow the lines and structures of the garden's design. 
I leave you with the entrance to the garden!

Feb 24, 2016

Patrick Blanc's vertical garden in Madrid, the evolution

These first images of Patric Blanc's vertical garden in Madrid are from February 2008 in the first moments of the installation of the garden.  I was here only for few days and I was told that the novelty of the new garden attracted public for months. This garden is part of the Cultural Center Caixaforum, the building opposite and designed by team architects Herzog & de Meuron

The garden actually is installed in a building external to the cultural center to offer a better view. The installation creates a kind of square, a plaza for public to admire.

These next images are from October-November 2014 when the process of restoring and replanting of the garden was began in a one half section of the garden.  For weeks there were cranes working in the re-planting of the garden.  It was one spectacle to watch! 

Once the planting was finished all it was needed was waiting to see how it developed, while the next section was in process of restoring.

These last images are from January 2016 will the full garden renovated and looking already mature despite the hot and extremely dry summer and fall 2015. 

Feb 17, 2016

Winter flowers

This little bouquet is from my morning jogging in the Retiro Park, near my home.  They remind me snowdrops but I must confess I do not know their name, The are just lovely and really last long at home!

Feb 1, 2016

Other winters in February, from the Archive

Forecast:  sunny and around 18ºC for the next days!!!!  can you believe this is February 1st???? From my window today,

As tomorrow is already Groundhog Day, and this winter is nothing like a normal winter so far, and I miss so much cold and snowy weather, I have decided to go back into the archive and check on previous  Februaries to look for more wintery images!

February 2014, Horninan Museum and Gardens, London  My first visit to this museum and gardens, where I had a great time! 

February 2013, Vondel Park, Amsterdam

This image is from February 2010, is not on the blog since I did not started it until late that year, but I love it and brings good memories of snow from the terrace at home.

How about your February 1st, landscapes?