In October the climbing Bougainvillea was looking straggly and jaded; my brother in law was due to visit, for 10 days, later in the month, …so to encourage the flowers we all love to see, I pruned it. Sadly later the weather got colder and the plant failed to bloom. Whilst my brother in law visited we made the trip up to the Saliente Monastery, the cloud level was encroaching on the holy towers and it was decidedly bleak! In December and January the weather, especially during the day is warm and sunny, the bougainvillea is flowering gloriously…
Isn’t that always the way?
On the 6th January, we happened to be taking someone to the airport. This date in Spain is important every year, especially to children, known as “Reyes” celebrating the visit of the magi to Jesus with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Towns and villages have processions where gifts are distributed by the “Kings” usually the previous afternoon. With the Christmas period beginning on Christmas eve the kids have to wait a long time to get their presents – and it’s usually back to school on the 8th – so not long to enjoy playing with the toys. When we had said our Goodbyes in Almería we headed towards Roquetas de Mar, turned off the motorway and wound our way up and over the Sierra de Gador. We were pleased to see an almond tree in blossom, the highlight of a scenic ride, the beauty and magnificence of the views- a real gift.
The yellow oxalis daisy, a weed, perhaps a nuisance, however very attractive at the moment. This plant provides a yellow carpet, especially amongst the citrus trees.
The foliage has three leaves (trefoil) and is abundant, likewise the yellow flowers. I noticed in pots a similar cultivated pink flowered version.