May 27, 2015

Found my new allotment?

Living in a big city has its ups and downs.  One of them is not having a garden of your own and as I miss it very much, I had to find other ways to enjoy green work.  Spring started here earlier that usual this year at the beginning of March, and nature started to show off before I was prepared.

With the help of friends I contacted a network of urban allotments and one of them was considerably near to my home and decided to pay a visit to the place and grounds to meet the group running it.

The day I visited the place called "Huerto Cantarranas", a community garden with a very interesting project about innovation in agroecology,  the group were preparing the site for the new season and explained me how they work and what are their interests and goals.  This site belongs to the university (UCM), and most of the participants are professors from different schools, many working at scientific research departments.  But they are open to welcome new friends and collaborators, those interested in sharing the passion for growing your own and urban agriculture.

I was happy, I found my new allotment!!! They site is going under some work with trees for safety measures, but is said that this coming week will be reopen.

View of the crops growing.

The epicenter of the project, with meeting room space, schoolrooms for workshops, 

and the nurseries 

I was really happy I found this group and place where I will be able to spend time gardening, growing and helping in different projects, depending on my availability.

May 18, 2015

Blue as in bluebells!

I can't get enough of bluebells, masses of Hyacinthoides non-scripta in the woods make a dreamy landscape!

May 7, 2015

Pictorial blooms

One of the things I love about photography is capturing evanescent moments and in the botanical and gardening world it is really important because some precious moments last so little.

Let's treat ourselves with some pictorial close-ups.

Apr 28, 2015

Watermael-Boisfort blooms, continuation

This post is the continuation of previous about spring in Watermael-Boisfort.  My trip to Brussels was short and couldn't stay for the peak of blossoms, but I found images in my archive from almost the same dates that show the beauty of the spring season in peak of blossoms.  The area reaches its splendor when all the trees are in full bloom and is the time to admire how well designed and conceived was the urban project from its beginning.  

Apr 21, 2015

Watermael-Boisfort, Brussels in early spring

A short trip to Brussels let me have one of my favorite walks in the city the commune of Watermael-Boisfort in the early days of spring.  The two hamlets were separated until the beginning of XIX century.

The commune is well known for its territory was one of the areas to be reorganized following the ideals of the cite-jardin urban movement, Le Logis et Floréal, in the first years of the XXth century.

For this reason I would like to subtitle this post as "Watermael-Boisfrot front gardens", although they should be instead call open gardens.

Next post will be same area but few days later and you will see the difference.

Apr 15, 2015

Blooms in April

All the colors, all the joy to say welcome to spring in the city.  Enjoy!

I am linking this post with Carol's Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - April 2015.  A big thank you Carol!!

Mar 31, 2015

Tulip Pinocchio

I know it's a little too son but I have these images from last year and I love these tulips so much that I have decided to publish them in praise of the tulip season!

Mar 18, 2015

Son Anglada, Majorca, same garden, different seasons

My friend Malén, a fantastic therapist,  has a estate with a very natural (as in worked with nature to let it grow and mature) garden in the island of Majorca, I already posted about it in Mediterranean garden and sunset and share some photos in this blog some months ago, when I visited her and helped her with a new project. These are some images of the garden in summer.

The porch as atrium to the house was the perfect place to escape form the intense heat, was full of flowers and colors, a very Mediterranean design.

It was almost midsummer and the atmosphere was almost magic.

I travel to Majorca last February to spend some days with my friend and check on our project (more on that later) and I was amazed about the changes of the place in different seasons. In summer the flowers were at full bloom, but this image in winter shows few flowers with green vegetation due to the rain and high humidity in the island.

The lawns and vegetable garden are all green in winter and completely arid in its characteristic mares red in summer.

Summer details: almond trees maturing in the heat

And lemons ready to be picked in winter months

My favorite detail: a red cyclamen planted by the naked fig tree

Below the image show some trees covered to help pass the winter, they are very young and need extra protection against the rain and humidity.