Wednesday, 12 of August of 2020

A Winter in Mallorca.

Some of my favourite reasons why a winter in Mallorca could be more colourful:

The first and in no particular order must be Euphorbia milii also known as Crown of Thorns.

Winter colour in Mallorca

Euphorbia milii also known as Crown of Thorns.

The one on my south facing balcony started to flower around December when I brought it indoors where I am keeping it quite dry! The beautiful orangy yellow flowers and sticky stems shedding after flowering are providing an interesting and warming addition to the indoor plant display. Must be kept in a sunny position indoors plus a little sheltered from winds outdoors.

The second is this three year young Acacia tree (see photo below) It has been making this lovely fluffy and beautiful soft yellow display throughout December and January and as you can see it is still going strong. It will provide pollen for bees during winter when it is certainly needed. Acasias are fast growing and must be propagated by seed.

This Acacia sp. is making a lovely fluffy and beautiful soft yellow display through December and January and still going strong. It will provide pollen for bees during winter when it is certainly needed.

This Acacia sp. is making a lovely fluffy and beautiful soft yellow display through December and January and still going strong. It will provide pollen for bees during winter when it is certainly needed.

 

Sweet Alyssum (not pictured) is another reason! This self-sowing annual bedding plant we all we gardeners know  and love, will form a dense flowery white carpet loved by insects such as bees. During a Winter in Mallorca it will perform as well as spring or summer if planted in an all-day or most of the day, sunny spot. Collectively Alyssum produce a pocket of sweet honey fragrance which is very pleasant to walk into during a morning stroll in the garden!

The fourth reason could be orange and yellow Calendulas which need no introduction. It loves the winter here and can keep going well into spring. Save the petals for your herb net to make the loveliest of soothing teas. Try to endure their dead flowers and yellowing leaves at the end of cycle in order for the seed ripen for harvest.

Reason number five featured here is the very prolific Kalanchoe daigremontiana which react well to tender loving care despite their unrestrainable ability to multiply, even threatening to some gardeners! The hundreds of plant lings falling from the mature leaves will take turns to mature and flower when and where colour is most needed.

the very prolific Kalanchoe daigremontiana which react well to tender loving care despite their unrestrainable vigorous ability to multiply, even threatening to some gardeners! The hundreds of plant lings will take turns to mature and flower when and where color is most needed.

The very prolific Kalanchoe daigremontiana react well to tender loving care despite their unrestrainable vability to multiply, even threatening to some gardeners! The hundreds of plant lings which fall from mature leaves, will take turns to mature and flower when and where color is most needed.

 

 

This perennial bulbous plant will not let the winter put stop to its flame hot display of colour, is the very commonly found striking bright orange Watsonia of Mallorca.

This perennial bulbous plant will not let the winter put a stop to its flame hot display of colour, it is the very striking bright orange Chasmanthe floribunda.

 

 

The sixth reason is this beautiful perennial bulbous plant not letting the winter put stop to its flaming hot display of colour. The striking bright spikes of orange is by Chasmanthe floribunda also known as the African corn-flag. Some of its bright uplifting tubular flowers are out now in full Bloom at the worst of the Mediterranean winter. Take note that Chasmanthe will savour the rest of its stems for spring when esthetically there will exist no better flowering companion for Zantedeschia aethiopica or giant white arum lily, also from South-Africa.

There are many more jems which will assure colour in the garden over a winter in Mallorca. Soon we shall discuss a few more such as the many varieties of Lantana.

Thanks for Reading.

 

 

Not a very typical collection on a small balcony in Palma de Mallorca. This photo was taken in mid-Winter.

Not a very typical collection on a small balcony in Palma de Mallorca. This photo was taken in mid-Winter.

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