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I'm back from Tenerife...and it's still winter!

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Hello everyone, I’m back from my lovely week’s holiday staying at the beautiful Plantacion del Sur hotel, in Costa Adeje, Tenerife. It’s still winter here in Carnoustie and there is still snow and ice lying on the roadsides, footpaths and fields…yuck!

However, in Costa Adeje it has been unusually warm for the time of year, with temps. of around 23-27 every day while we were there….perfect! The hotel was wonderful and Costa Adeje, though expensive, is very nice indeed. Certainly a place to go for one week of sushine and relaxation.

I did take some pics…mostly of the flowers would you believe! I hope that you enjoy them. I can’t identify all of them, but I bet you can!

This is a hotel garden just off the beach. It’s not our hotel, but isn’t it a great use of a few plants repeated…I love it!

There were loads of these Hibiscus in the hotel grounds…all different colours…lovely!

And doubles too!

And as it’s called the Plantacion, there have to be Bananas…

Some flowering….

This is the only butterfly we saw…about twice the size of a tortoiseshell….

See the amazing roots on this!

For those of us who struggle to keep a Callistemon over our winter……sorry folks!

Massive flowers on ….is it Agave?

A Salvia….possibly Salvia Canariensis?

A bud of…..

This stunner…I know I’ve seen it somewhere but I can’t put a name to it…large flower, about the size of my hand.

And there were lots of these cuties too! Why does he doe that with his little legs?..yoga practice? lol

No idea what this is, but I called it ‘Bad Hair Day plant’ :)

Strelizia

Another lovely Hibiscus…shame there are no humming birds!

Palm trees in the hotel…

Orange flowers…anyone know what this is?

Papaya palm growing about 20 feet tall!

The beach from the hillside…

And closer up….

Our last day….sigh….cocktails to brighten us up! Canarias of course!….Rum, Orange, Banana liqueur, Grenadine….yum!

The view during our last dinner…..;(

Sunset snapped with OH phone-cam

I had so many pics….couldn’t choose which ones to show you, but eventually whittled it down to these ones….I hope you liked them, especially the flowers of course! Cheers!

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Beautiful blog and such stunning flowers glad you enjoyed yourself and safely back home.

14 Jan, 2011

 

Firstly, the 'stunner' flower you have seen before! It's Solandra maxima or Chalice Vine which we saw in Malta in December and you commented on my pic of it. Isn't it truly gorgeous? You have seen some beautiful flowers in Tenerife, with temps. to match, I'm so pleased you had a lovely holiday but sorry you're back to low temps again. : o ))

14 Jan, 2011

 

Ah, thanks Shirley....mystery solved! I knew I'd seen it recently! Yes, it was lovely and all the more so for the stunning hotel gardens where I took most of the photos.

Thanks 6d...yes safely home, although the Edinburgh landing was so bad I was very ill and even today am still feeling nauseous! Turbulence when we hit Ireland had people screaming out loud! could have done without that!

14 Jan, 2011

 

Welcome home :o) I'm glad you had a nice holiday. And it must have been wonderful to see all those flowers and other plants looking so alive.

14 Jan, 2011

 

welcome home karen and lovely pics you brought us back, glad you enjoyed your week and sorry its still winter here but spring on the way, think iv lost my bottle brush even though i covered it with a fleece, will see when the weather gets better, nice to see you back anyway :o)) xx

14 Jan, 2011

 

Ah, thanks Hywel and San....yes, I'm back and fully stocked with vitamin D! yes, it was wonderful to see the flowers, I'm missing them already...but spring in the UK cannot be beaten and is worth waiting for!! :))) The lady on reception who checked us out of the hotel said that after 3 years there she is now bored with the constant spring time and wants to see some seasons again..she was german. I would miss the daffodils very much too.

14 Jan, 2011

 

That's why I could never emigrate. I have to have seasons, even winter (except when it snows lol)

14 Jan, 2011

 

Good to have you back Karen.....delighted you enjoyed your holiday and love the pics......thank you for bringing a bit of summer into this horrible winter. :-))

14 Jan, 2011

 

What a perfect place to holiday Ks. glad you had a good time, your pics are gorgeous.

14 Jan, 2011

 

That looks a lovely place to go on holiday Karen.I have never been to Tenerife,but a place to consider :o)Your pictures are beautiful,and so much colour.Glad you had a great time..but sorry you have to come back to the cold weather..never mind,we are on the right track ,hopefully..

14 Jan, 2011

 

Pure heaven Karen.....you HAVE enjoyed your camera...:o)
Beautiful photos, love all the Agaves and Hibiscus....I think the butterfly is a Monarch. I can feel the warm from here!

14 Jan, 2011

 

You had a wonderful holiday, and how great to have such lovely weather too. It sure looks like a great place. Delonix will help you with these plants also the one you call bad hair, lol. He has similar flora in his place and is very savvy.
Yes Janey, we have the same butterflies, but I never managed to take a good pic of them. These photo's are really stunning Karensusan, lovely blog. If you're cold or the weather is grey, just look at your pics on the monitor, haha.

15 Jan, 2011

 

Welcome home Karen pleased you had a good time, no snow here just damp and dismal typical January weather. Thanks for the sunny photos and flowers they are beautiful.

15 Jan, 2011

 

Lovely pictures Karen, we went to Costa Adeje last year, lovely place, glad you enjoyed it, Robs got a couple of weeks off work after today so thought we'd go to Tenerife for a week, find a last minute deal, but looking at the long term weather its forecast rain rain and more rain !!!!!! so think we'll stay here and go May time instead, looks like you picked the right week:-)

15 Jan, 2011

 

Lovely pictures,looks like great holiday! I miss seeing flowers. Your Orange flower looks like Asclepias, in my never ending to get list :-)

15 Jan, 2011

 

Nice to have you back home and pleased you enjoyed your holiday, enjoyed seeing all the lovely photos of the flowers, thanks for sharing.

15 Jan, 2011

 

so glad you enjoyed your holiday Karen, the photos are beautiful, thanks for sharing with us,

15 Jan, 2011

 

Nice to see you back and wonderful photos Karen thanks for thaking the time to share.

15 Jan, 2011

 

Gosh, what a lot of nice comments! My computer has been down all day...well, it was the phone line to tell the truth, and then suddenly it came back on thank goodness! I'm so glad you all enjoyed seeing the sunshine. Kath, that's a shame about the weather change. We were really very blessed. My SIL was there same time last year and they had torrential rain up in the mountains and she thought she was going to die in the car being swept over the edge of the ravine! Horrible! It was really beautiful when we were there, hardly any clouds at all....makes a change, we usually pick the poor weather weeks! Today it has been raining all day here so I went to the GC and bought some JI no. 1 and some sowing modules and some grit, AND a lovely umbrella plant to remind me of my holiday! Some mail order plants have arrived also, so they need to be planted tomorrow as well. The garden is about as wet as we've ever seen, but yes, it will soon be spring! THANKS everyone! :))

15 Jan, 2011

 

Im glad you had a great time Karens......The photos are wonderful....I cant believe how beautiful those Hibiscus are...

15 Jan, 2011

 

I know Motty! I've tried to grow them a few times, as houseplants, but never successfully. They always get disease and die :(

15 Jan, 2011

 

I'm glad you had a lovely week away from all that dreadful cold and snow in Scotland Karen. The flower and plant pictures are fantastic. You could work from home on holiday brochures!! It's bucketing down with rain here on the edge of London. Beam me up Scotty to where you were staying.

17 Jan, 2011

 

Lovely memories...so pleased you got away for a week from your cold and snowy weather. Were there not many people swimming in the ocean? It looked very deserted, yet the temperatures appear to be warm enough for bathing.

I too am a fan of the hibiscus...only ever grown it once (in Canada) in a pot which I placed in a sunny but sheltered position on our porch. The ones you pictured (even the double one...never seen that beore) are very pretty.

Roll on spring.....and welcome back, Karen.

17 Jan, 2011

 

Thanks Dorjac. The rain has left us now thankfully. Beautiful day today, really lovely. Blue sky and the last bits of ice are almost gone from the roadsides at last!

Wlass, there were actually loads of bathers (mad people!). The sea was freezing! The only water we ventured into was a heated pool at the hotel! I took this photo early on in the day before most of the people had arrived. Every morning we would stroll down the hill for a coffee and it would be really quiet until about 11am when it quickly filled up with people. After a light lunch we would climb the hill again and spend the afternoon lazing by the pools reading and watching the flowers grow...bliss! It was such a lovely restful time and the feeling of the warm sun on your skin is the best therapy in the world!

And the temps were perfect...20-27 every day.

17 Jan, 2011

 

I am so glad you had a lovely time and looking at your photos makes me wish I was going again this year, so many nice memories of winter hols in the Canaries! I too love the Hibiscus bushes that grow freely there, but my favorite has to be Bougainvillea....now could that be the colour?;0))))
I did post a comment this morning but can't find it now....must have been the migrain (confused brain didn't push the add comment button Lol)

17 Jan, 2011

 

Ah yes, that old problem! I like the peachy bougainvillea best! :))

17 Jan, 2011

 

Got to be the stunning Cerise for me!

17 Jan, 2011

 

Of course! ;) btw, those osteo cuttings you sent me are still green and healthy looking! They must be extremely hardy, no frost damage on them or anything....I'm so chuffed with them! This year I am trying a pack of mixed HGeranium seeds, so I'll send you one or two if I get some nice ones!

17 Jan, 2011

 

Mine are all fine too but I think I might have some casualty shrubs this winter, including 2 10 year olds :-((
Geraniums are always welcome here Karen :o))

17 Jan, 2011

 

Oh groan....your ceanothus? Both of mine are blackened. My photinias too, and my pittosporums have shed all their leaves as well. I'm hopeful that they will survive though....we can hope can't we?!

17 Jan, 2011

 

Yes the ceanothus at the top of the slope and one out the front. Only the ground cover ones though, all the uprights are ok. Not sure what happens with them now, if they are not dead will they flower this year? They look dead and what would be a main attraction on the slope could be an eye sore.....poor Derek with all that dizzy height digging Lol

17 Jan, 2011

 

Maybe not, in the spring they may regrow and then you will just have to wait and see...I wouldn't bet against them flowering, after all, that's what plants do when they have been stressed isn't it....flower and try to produce seed?

17 Jan, 2011

 

Even the really crusty ones Karen??????? My poor babies Lol!

17 Jan, 2011

 

Oh dear....Still, at least the tall ones are ok, and the ground cover ones, if they have to come out, will give you an opportunity to do something even better.

17 Jan, 2011

 

Hope your weather is as good as in Essex, like a Spring morning today. Perhaps you can get out and get busy in your lovely garden and get some more vitamin D. I was very pleased to see your mum is on the mend too.

18 Jan, 2011

 

yes, thans Dorjac, wonderful weather. Thanks for your concern for my mum too! :))

18 Jan, 2011

 

What a joy to see so many beautiful flowers, brightened my day, so pleased you and OH enjoyed your winter break, living in Scotland you deserve some sunshine lol

18 Jan, 2011

 

Thanks Dd. We've had lots since we came home...chilly but very bright here.

19 Jan, 2011

 

gardeners paradise

20 Jan, 2011

 

Lovely blog Karen. It felt like I was there. Super photos.

20 Jan, 2011

 

Thanks Bampy and Cinders, we've been home a week now, so the tan is almost gone....:(

20 Jan, 2011

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