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Thursday, 24 June 2021

Island Colour

I'm buying a seagull at the end of the month as a wee gift for me and my garden menagerie.



Non annoying and non pooping seagull






This is a sunflower given to me by my daughters.  It's not of the 'grow to huge heights' type but stays low and has many flowers.  I think I was overwatering it in the beginning and it didn't look happy.
I stopped the over watering and broke and dug an egg into its roots.  Hopefully it will perk up and give me some 'sunshine'.     



Some of the different coloured bougainvillias at the flower shop.
I love the peach coloured one.  Near us there is a deep purple bougainvillia, most unusual but most common are the dark red variety.  They're all in full bloom now except for our white one which doesn't flower until September

The cicadas have started their daily summer vocals but their chorus is not the deafening noise they make at this time of the year.  I wonder if it's  because there are not so many around or maybe they'll get louder as the summer progresses.  It's certainly hot enough for them.  We are 'enjoying' temperatures in the upper 30s and the humidity is exhausting.  In the evenings we have had very slight breezes which bring a little relief . 

Sunday will see the end of this little heat wave we hope.

15 comments:

  1. Non pooping seagulls are the best kind. My clothes will vouch for that.
    Those bougainvillea are lovely; they remind me of our garden in Tenerife many years ago. Warm evenings sitting outside in the shade with the red and white bougainvillea all over our stone walls.

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    1. Your life in Tenerife sounds just like ours!

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  2. I like your seagull, the quieter kind is much better 😄. The bougainvillea plants look great, we have some here that have come from the neighbours, they have pink flowers, I like to look at them but not work in the garden near then, the prickles are huge. Cicadas used to be a sign of summer back in NZ too.

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    1. Those Bougainvillia are lethal. We uprooted one of ours. Too much dangerous work . We got ripped to pieces trimming it

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  3. No Cicadas or Crickets singing here yet, maybe next month. I wish I could grow Bougainvillea here. I always remember the first one I saw (in Formentera), I was enthralled.

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    1. Bougainvillia are a mass of brilliant colour. I like seeing other people's!

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  4. Even though I don’t like humidity I envy your heat
    It’s cold and wet and miserable here.
    Your gardens are looking lovely

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    1. It's getting hotter and hotter. I thought it was going to be a short heat wave but apparently we will have another week of it

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  5. Is that a trick with the egg to save the plant from overwatering?
    I've never heard of it.

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    1. No the egg gives nutrients. It's a great fertiliser

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    2. Is that a Greek thing? I have never heard of it though you do hear of fish for fertilizer?

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  6. I love those Bougainvillea plants. The seagull is good too. Poros reminds me so much of the Algarve.

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    1. These Mediterranean countries are so similar yet their cultures and traditions so different

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  7. Are bougainvillias perennials there or do people just buy new ones every year? I've never heard of putting an egg into a flower pot! -Jenn

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    1. Bougainvillias just go on and on forever. They're very hard to rid of.
      An egg is full of nourishment for humans and plants. I have them to my pumpkin plant last year and it grew a huge pumkin

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