Costa del Seeds

During the holiday at the Costa del Sol, we not only visited Alhambra, but there was also some time spent collecting seeds. As with the Opuntia seeds, a small Pringles container was used to store them. Last week they were all sorted out and put in pots and a seed tray. When sorting the seeds,…

Spring

Suddenly spring is here. After a few days of sunshine lilies find their way to the surface. Unfortunately so do the red lily beetles. The wisteria, lilac and climbing hydrangea start producing flowers. Soon the gorgeous scent of lilac can be smelled again throughout the garden. Everywhere leaves start to develop. The boston ivy shows its…

Alhambra

Last week we visited Alhambra. The famous complex build by the Moors in Granada, Andalusia. We had a guided tour that lasted 3 hours. The tour took us along all important parts of Alhambra. Besides the centuries of history, buildings and mosaics, there were gardens everywhere. We started at the Alcazaba part. We saw beautiful…

Collecting Opuntia seeds

September 2015 we held vacation on the beautiful island of La Palma. Everywhere we went on the island we were accompanied by prickly pears (Opuntia).   Using a Pringles container to collect some of the ripened pears we went home. After removing the seeds from the fruit, half of them were shortly thrown in boiling water. This is done to…

Wisteria seeds

The last two years the Wisteria has flowered. The first time it produced only three racemes, but the second time there were over 20 racemes. While I was giving the vine a good pruning early March, I noticed several seedpods. After opening them up I found some nice-looking seeds. Off course I couldn’t resist the urge to…