Ilivetolearn's Blog

October 28, 2005

vegetation

Filed under: food/groceries,Spain — ilivetolearn @ 11:47 am

Another rainy day…in the midst of the drought we asked Miguel Angel (the landlord) how to turn off the automatic sprinklers in the yard, and we haven’t had to worry about watering since. We’re growing gardenias, begonias, miniature roses, parsley, and basil in our planters in the front of the house, as well as some seedlings we’ve started from kitchen scraps (potato, avocado, lemon, orange). The last time Pilar (the landlady) was here she showed us the laurel (bay leaf) plants hiding in the back corner of the yard. Now if I could find some mint…

One neighbor on the street has two huge citrus trees with large green fruit turning slowly yellow…oranges, I think, but they are the size of grapefruits. Another has a pomegranate tree, but the birds are pecking away at the four or five nice-sized fruits on it…what a waste. These and the palm trees and the lizards scuttling into tiny cracks in the house foundations remind me that it really is a Mediterranean climate even on chilly wet days like this one.

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