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Citronella

July 26th, 2016|Categories: Flowers of the month|

Plant of the month of August is the Citronella (cymbopogom citratus) par excellence. Its strong lemon fragrance can be used to keep away flies and mosquitoes; something much needed at this time of year. […]

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Portulaca oleracea also known as verdolaga, pigweed, little hogweed, red root, pursley and moss rose

June 27th, 2016|Categories: Flowers of the month|

Portulaca oleracea (common purslane, also known as verdolaga, pigweed, little hogweed, red root, pursley and moss rose) is an annual succulent which may reach 40 centimetres (16 in) in height. It has smooth, reddish, mostly prostrate stems and alternate leaves clustered at stem joints and ends. […]

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Ancient Trees Add Character To Gardens

June 24th, 2016|Categories: Gardening Opportunities|

by Dick Handscombe Especially in country areas, ancient olives, holm oaks, carob and fig trees with thick gnarled trunks and thick spreading branches are an eye-catching feature of many Spanish gardens and for lucky gardeners, some have grown in the same place for a millennium of more. […]

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22 Uses for Plastic Water Bottles

May 27th, 2016|Categories: Gardening Opportunities|

by Dick Handscombe When we first came to Spain almost 30 years ago it was novel to see a pile of empty plastic water bottles soon building up and the modern way of separating different types of house waste for recycling was not yet wide spread. […]

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Roses

April 27th, 2016|Categories: Flowers of the month|

The flower for this month is the Rose, for its great flowering. There is a huge selection of Roses including scented ones such as Meilland, which are floribundas. […]

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How To Be A Successful Absentee Gardener

April 27th, 2016|Categories: Gardening Opportunities|

by Dick HandscombeOwning a villa or town house in Spain continues to be a lifetime dream and reality for thousands of persons from northern Europe. […]

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Spanish Summer Colour And Perfume

March 29th, 2016|Categories: Gardening Opportunities|

by Dick HandscombeBefore long gardens will start to look their best with sheets of vivid colour and welcome perfumed sun and shade. […]

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Dipladenia

March 25th, 2016|Categories: Flowers of the month|

This month a plant to consider is the Dipladenia which is good both in the spring and summer which as you know here in Spain can last until almost December. It is possible to secure your Dipladenia bloom from June to December. Keep in mind that if it likes the position in the garden, patio or terrace, it could have flowers all year!! […]

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Hydrangea Macrophylla

February 25th, 2016|Categories: Flowers of the month|

The plant of the month for March is the Hydrangea Macrophylla – hortensia – which is the most common. […]

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