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By ducky


Hi all,

Ive been away for a week R&R on the isle of La Gomera. One of our families’ favourite places to go. The weather was nice and warm 27c most days and the little pool at the apartment was great 23c.

The canarian bananas were ripening well, the local grown avacados were fab. and there were loads of flowers, this year the cafes and gardeners seem keen on amarylis.

Having got home last night I was thrilled to see how all my seedlings have grown. (Thanks to my pet and plant sitter). The runner beans are running, the purple beans have finally sprouted (I had almost given up on them) – sweetcorn is popping up, nasturtiums have fully formed leaflets, the salads are spouting and the tomatoes have finally pushed through the earth. Things are definately doing ok!

My foundling tree peoney has survived and is leafing up well, a peach stone that I planted last year has germinated and is also showing leaflets – it is all so exciting.

Holidays are great but being at home brings special treasures. (and that first cup of tea when you get back almost makes the return journey worth it!)

While we were away though I was having a good look at the type of gardening that seems to go on out there. In the apartment building a lovely retired german lady (Mrs J) who ‘lives out there for several months at a time looks after the communal garden couryard and various trough type planters like the one on the roof edge in the picture. She really enjoys her gardens and it shows; her geraniums are fantastic, as are a stand of amarylis various suculents which have the most delicate flowers on them. everything is ringed in stones to keep the compost in as well as to retain the moisture. Our balcony planter also has some wonderful plants that my mother in law has planted,purple bougenvelia (? sp) a big lemon balm scented geranium thingy that smells fantastic, various sorts of suculent including one which is almost cactus like with tough thick stems covered in vicious spines but topped with beautiful crimson flowers. The locals dont seem to go in for gardening in any way, their roof terraces seem purely functional – washing lines and maybe a table and chairs. But the local ’market gardens’ produce the most wonderful fruit and veg, papaya, avacados, mangos, bananas,tomatoes and loads of other wonderful veg.

It got me wondering if domestic level ‘gardening’ as I know it in the UK is viewed with a certain level of bemusement elsewhere in the world? Any ideas?

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I think there's a lot of truth in that, Ducky. We are not 'world travellers', but in Italy and France, the 'plots' (if there are any!) seem to be veggies, vines maybe, and pots of bright flowers on doorsteps.

I don't know anywhere that has gardening as a passion as in the UK??? I know that different climates bring their own difficulties, and that may be the reason.

22 Apr, 2009


I don't think there's anything like an English country garden.
( A " the UK country garden " doesn't sound right does it ? lol )
Glad you enjoyed your holiday.

23 Apr, 2009


Yep - I think that on St Georges day / Shakesperes birthday we should be proud of our dotty 'English' gardening habits - perhaps what makes an english garden is the way we incorporate a 'bit of everything that inspires us and takes our fancy' - a bit like our general cultural habits really....
Curry, pizza, celebrating st Patricks day, chinese new year, may day, Burns night

Had a great holiday thanks - but now found with a rapidly growing lawn that mower has packed up, I wonder if I could borrow a sheep from our local farmer!

23 Apr, 2009

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