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Spring in My Terrace

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Last week's Spring HubMob inspired me to do a photo article. Some of the photos were taken a few days ago and depict the incoming spring, but most are from last spring and summer. Who's to know what's what, though, as I was smartly told by Shirley Anderson, hubmobster extraordinaire. Thanks for the tip, Shirley!

So here's a collection of wonderfulness from my terrace. Yes, all of them are from home, no copyright issues here. And if I later see these photos circulating around, I don't suppose I'll have a sissy fit. After all, who could blame anyone for snatching a few of these magnificent shots. Ahem...

The capsules are grouped per subject matter, I think it'll be useful (and fun) to read the titles. The captions are a humorous recount of the specimens that ever so graciously share their vital space with us.

I hope you have a good time enjoying the pretty sights and the silly commentary. Here we go, Babbley, baby!

Oh, one last thing: Notice the URL for this hub... I messed up! SPING SPING SPING! Go on and laugh at my expense, I already did!

The TITS... yes, you've got that right!

One tit's on, the other's off. Matter of days, folks, these tits grow real quick.  Unlike other types of ... same. Ahem

One tit's on, the other's off. Matter of days, folks, these tits grow real quick. Unlike other types of ... same. Ahem

See here?  Both tits are on display!!

See here? Both tits are on display!!

Look -- These are the tits I'd love to have! Perfect size, and ...flowery!!!!

Look -- These are the tits I'd love to have! Perfect size, and ...flowery!!!!

Glorious, isn't it?

Glorious, isn't it?

Cala lilies a gogo

This is NOT a perfect photo... it's a PERFECT flower.

This is NOT a perfect photo... it's a PERFECT flower.

Here's two side by side. There are usually 3 to 6 flowers in a pot at once.

Here's two side by side. There are usually 3 to 6 flowers in a pot at once.

Say cheeeese!  Now, seriously.  This one looks slightly pornographic.  I know.  Nature's like that!

Say cheeeese! Now, seriously. This one looks slightly pornographic. I know. Nature's like that!

Cactus or trumpets?

Such a small fellow, with these big big big arms!  Oh, and look at the little orange flower on the lower right corner!  It's two cactus together on the same pot, coexisting peacefully.

Such a small fellow, with these big big big arms! Oh, and look at the little orange flower on the lower right corner! It's two cactus together on the same pot, coexisting peacefully.

Starting to open, just barely, but you can see this is going to be quite a show.

Starting to open, just barely, but you can see this is going to be quite a show.

Well, hello there!

Well, hello there!

The trumpets & the Spanish tile roofs, a very pretty pair!  Oh, and notice the little orange flowers.  Like I said, these fellows don't mind sharing this little piece of real state!

The trumpets & the Spanish tile roofs, a very pretty pair! Oh, and notice the little orange flowers. Like I said, these fellows don't mind sharing this little piece of real state!

Isn't it positively wonderful? A sight for sore eyes? A flower for one's heart? A.....  oh, you get my drift!

Isn't it positively wonderful? A sight for sore eyes? A flower for one's heart? A..... oh, you get my drift!

Close up, even though it's a bit blurred, you can still see the prettiness at full force.

Close up, even though it's a bit blurred, you can still see the prettiness at full force.

Here's the little bro!  He also wants to pose while standing at attention!

Here's the little bro! He also wants to pose while standing at attention!

Love and Hate

We call these Love & Hate because each stem always has two flowers, each of them looking at opposite directions. Could have called them North and South, or East and West, but somehow that didn't quite cut it.

We call these Love & Hate because each stem always has two flowers, each of them looking at opposite directions. Could have called them North and South, or East and West, but somehow that didn't quite cut it.

Close up of the Love & Hate

Close up of the Love & Hate

I think the "love & hate" effect is best viewed here.

I think the "love & hate" effect is best viewed here.

Here you just see the love!!!

Here you just see the love!!!

More cactus flowers

Late spring, or maybe even very early summer.

Late spring, or maybe even very early summer.

We're cute with our yellow hats, aren't we?

We're cute with our yellow hats, aren't we?

These orange little children are the ones that share real state with the trumpets.  When both are simultaneously blooming it's quite a sight.

These orange little children are the ones that share real state with the trumpets. When both are simultaneously blooming it's quite a sight.

A crown fit for a king!  Or queen! Whatever, it's quite the crown!

A crown fit for a king! Or queen! Whatever, it's quite the crown!

Didn't I say so?  Just like a crown!

Didn't I say so? Just like a crown!

You can see this hulky fellow on the previous photo, too.  I thought I'd get him by himself, because next to the yellow crown he loses a bit of his flair.

You can see this hulky fellow on the previous photo, too. I thought I'd get him by himself, because next to the yellow crown he loses a bit of his flair.

Fruits and other goodies!

Raspberry tree!  Or is that plant? Any which way, here's them little cuties before they are ... gasp.... eaten!

Raspberry tree! Or is that plant? Any which way, here's them little cuties before they are ... gasp.... eaten!

Yes, we eat them, they aren't just for show! They are juicy and savory and very yummy!  The only additives they have are some buggy bugs!

Yes, we eat them, they aren't just for show! They are juicy and savory and very yummy! The only additives they have are some buggy bugs!

Peach tree.  We planted 3 or 4 seeds from peaches we ate, and here you have it!

Peach tree. We planted 3 or 4 seeds from peaches we ate, and here you have it!

Peaches grow aplenty, over 50, but only on alternate seasons.  During the "rest season", the tree grows about 10 fruits or so only.  And guess what? Yes, we eat them too!

Peaches grow aplenty, over 50, but only on alternate seasons. During the "rest season", the tree grows about 10 fruits or so only. And guess what? Yes, we eat them too!

Close up of the flowery plum tree.  I resent that I can't find any photos of the peach tree flowers, because they are beautiful.  So we'll make do with a few of the plum tree.

Close up of the flowery plum tree. I resent that I can't find any photos of the peach tree flowers, because they are beautiful. So we'll make do with a few of the plum tree.

Here's him again.  Pretty plum tree of mine!

Here's him again. Pretty plum tree of mine!

I guess you know, but in case I help enlighten anybody:  These flowers are the "seeds" of the fruits.  The tree grows about 60 or 70 plums, very small, but absolutely delicious.

I guess you know, but in case I help enlighten anybody: These flowers are the "seeds" of the fruits. The tree grows about 60 or 70 plums, very small, but absolutely delicious.

Blooming sage.  Behind you can see rosemary and thyme, and red hot chilli peppers.  Guess what?  We cook with all of it, and more, that I can't find photos for. Grrrr. I resent not to find a decent photo of the ever present basil.

Blooming sage. Behind you can see rosemary and thyme, and red hot chilli peppers. Guess what? We cook with all of it, and more, that I can't find photos for. Grrrr. I resent not to find a decent photo of the ever present basil.

Chilli peppers, and mind them, too, because they really ARE hot!

Chilli peppers, and mind them, too, because they really ARE hot!

OK, you don't need to tell me, this is a crappy shot, taken with the cell AND probably while I was on drugs. It's not from spring, either. So, all in all, one's got to wonder how did it make it to this hub?  Couldn't let the tomatoes pass, I guess! :

OK, you don't need to tell me, this is a crappy shot, taken with the cell AND probably while I was on drugs. It's not from spring, either. So, all in all, one's got to wonder how did it make it to this hub? Couldn't let the tomatoes pass, I guess! :

Ready for more flowers? Late spring and early summer!

I have no billowing idea of what this flower is.  It came with the wind one day, and all of a sudden the plant started growing like crazy, producing uncountable flowers from mid spring to early autumn.

I have no billowing idea of what this flower is. It came with the wind one day, and all of a sudden the plant started growing like crazy, producing uncountable flowers from mid spring to early autumn.

Hydrangeas, the pink one on the right is its most usual color.  Instead the deep pink, not-quite-fuchsia-but-close on the left, is very unusual, at least in Madrid!

Hydrangeas, the pink one on the right is its most usual color. Instead the deep pink, not-quite-fuchsia-but-close on the left, is very unusual, at least in Madrid!

Hibiscus flower!  We've had them orange, red and white.  I can't find photos of the other colors, so...

Hibiscus flower! We've had them orange, red and white. I can't find photos of the other colors, so...

... here's another one of the same color!

... here's another one of the same color!

This plant and its flowers have many names, we use "Don Diego de Noche", Don Diego of The Night.  Most names reference "night", alluding to the fact that the flowers open at dusk and stay open all night long.

This plant and its flowers have many names, we use "Don Diego de Noche", Don Diego of The Night. Most names reference "night", alluding to the fact that the flowers open at dusk and stay open all night long.

Here's a big Don Diego. Yellow & fuchsia are the most usual colors. Even though the flowers open at night, the plant needs high sun exposure to produce them, and give them their out of this world, honey like fragrance.

Here's a big Don Diego. Yellow & fuchsia are the most usual colors. Even though the flowers open at night, the plant needs high sun exposure to produce them, and give them their out of this world, honey like fragrance.

Here's a white one.

Here's a white one.

And a "panoramic" of some white Don Diegos.

And a "panoramic" of some white Don Diegos.

We've no earthy idea what this is, but I'll give you this: It smells like jasmine and it's a TRUE bees' and wasps' nest!  Bees and specially wasps LOVE this one, which is good to keep them away from everywhere else, particularly my b.... body!

We've no earthy idea what this is, but I'll give you this: It smells like jasmine and it's a TRUE bees' and wasps' nest! Bees and specially wasps LOVE this one, which is good to keep them away from everywhere else, particularly my b.... body!

Last but not least, CACTUS!

The two biggies, they are almost as tall as myself, I'm 5'7''.  This is last spring, before this blasted winter and before all the snow.  They are a bit worse for the wear today, but still holding up and looking strong.

The two biggies, they are almost as tall as myself, I'm 5'7''. This is last spring, before this blasted winter and before all the snow. They are a bit worse for the wear today, but still holding up and looking strong.

Also last spring, pre-blasted-cold winter.  They are fine now, too, and bigger and taller.

Also last spring, pre-blasted-cold winter. They are fine now, too, and bigger and taller.

Part of the cactus collection, we have around 30 cacti.  The strange one in the middle has grown to double that size since last season. It's the only one that spends the winter indoors, we take it down early autumn, because it's a VERY rare variety.

Part of the cactus collection, we have around 30 cacti. The strange one in the middle has grown to double that size since last season. It's the only one that spends the winter indoors, we take it down early autumn, because it's a VERY rare variety.

Snowed under and...

Snowed under and...

...Sunny like!  Pretty both ways!

...Sunny like! Pretty both ways!

© 2009 Elena.

Comments

Elena. (author) from Madrid on May 05, 2012:

Hi Carrie - The "technical" name for Don Diego de Noche is "Mirabilis Jalapa". In English, it's also known as "four o'clock flower" or "marvel of Peru". I'm sure you can find it in a flower shop or perhaps a nursery.

Carrie on May 05, 2012:

Hi! Is there another name for the don diego de noche? Also where can I find the don diego?

Elena. (author) from Madrid on August 31, 2010:

And I hope the same for your cute self, Frieda! :-) I'm pretty good, summer likes me and I like it too, pity the romance is almost over :-)

Frieda Babbley on August 31, 2010:

Still so in love with this photos. Hope you're doing well.

Elena. (author) from Madrid on November 02, 2009:

Howdo, Linda -- glad you visited! I think the green thumb belongs to my SO, mine is hmmm, just greenish :-)

I've never seen the desert in bloom with my own eyes, I've just seen documentaries and it makes me smile every time, it must be spectacular indeed.

Madrid is quite dry, maybe that's why my cacti just keep on growing and growing -- some have been with us for over 10 years. Ain't that something! :-)

Elena. (author) from Madrid on March 27, 2009:

Thanks, Sorrel! Keep trying with them cacti -- you've got to be more patient than they are, I think!! :-)

Sorrel from France on March 27, 2009:

Some lovely photos.

I'm a hugh cacti fan and find them really beautiful - but mine never get to looking like that

Well done

Elena. (author) from Madrid on March 23, 2009:

Just as beautiful as some people who visit ;-)

Julianna from SomeWhere Out There on March 23, 2009:

Everytime I look at this I see such beautiful flowers. :)

Elena. (author) from Madrid on March 23, 2009:

My pleasure, MM! Brown thumbs are welcome, too -- there's just no way that you can kill them plants with just a look.... or is there?!! Laugh!

Thanks for the visit to my garden!

Susan Reid from Where Left is Right, CA on March 23, 2009:

I had to admire your lovely plants from afar (and definitely do admire them!). You would not want me getting too close and personal. I have the most non-green thumb (we call it a brown thumb) ever!

Thanks for sharing your spring with us, Elena! Mm

Elena. (author) from Madrid on March 23, 2009:

Hello CWB! My partner is the one with the greener than green thumb, and I'm the one who chases her around with a camera :-)

You are right, these are a ray of light, a real sight for sore eyes. I'm glad you and your wife enjoyed!

ColdWarBaby on March 23, 2009:

This was so fantastic I had to call my wife over to have a look. You are cetainly a gifted horticulturist. So many cacti with such beautiful blooms.

A ray of light in a darkening world.

Thank you.

Elena. (author) from Madrid on March 22, 2009:

Wow, Sally, you do have questions! :-) I'll email you, that'll be best. Here I'll say I think it's the only "roof garden" in the area, but close by there is a cloister convent and a lot of trees, tall and old, can be seen within the walls. I suspect there is a major garden down there, but who knows! I'll email you the rest :-)

Avatar makeover ends today, I'm going back to Ms Blue ... as soon as I figure out where I put THAT picture :-)

Sherri from Southeastern Pennsylvania on March 22, 2009:

Awesome google shot. I have so many questions...does your flat open directly onto the roof, or do you have to go up stairs to get to the roof? How did you find this incredible place to live? If the garden and your living area are not on the same level, how do you get water up there to the garden? Glorious, glorious environment. Yours seems to be the only roof garden in the area (from the google shot)...is there a community gardening program where you live? Like I said, many questions. Time for me to say good-night, and also that your new avatar is way cool.

Elena. (author) from Madrid on March 22, 2009:

Happy happy, merry merry Spring to you, too, Shirley! I'm hailing from the bluest day in Madrid, you'd love it here now :-) Thanks for the visit!

Shirley Anderson from Ontario, Canada on March 22, 2009:

Elena, you Babbley'd well! The photos are just beautiful! Thanks for sharing them.

I was in Spain for 2 weeks a number of years ago and I loved it! Everything grows so beautifully, too. You have quite the green thumb!

Happy Sping, Elena! :)

Elena. (author) from Madrid on March 22, 2009:

Hello, Sally!  Check below the comments box, you'll get a satellite visual! Isn't Google Maps the fanciest thing? :) The rectangle within the red lines is the terrace.  Full surface is 210 square meters, but if you subtract the patios' space (those dark areas in the middle) you'd get around 165 usable square meters (about 540 square feet).

We have a sun area visible in the lower part of the image --that's were all cacti and fruit trees are, and a "roofed" area visible in the upper part, partly for the plants that are a bit more delicate but primarily for us who would otherwise perish under the monstrous Spanish summer sun :-)  That's where we have the tables and stuff for dinning au naturel :-)

We're not really trying to do anything special with landscaping (I know what you're talking about, though) but it seems we achieve the effect nonetheless :-) We just like plants and flowers, and they really are a sight, make us very very very happy!

Sherri from Southeastern Pennsylvania on March 21, 2009:

Ahhhhh. Another beautiful Babbley. You must have the most awesome rooftop terrace in Madrid. I am so friggin jealous.

I have a request. Maybe you could gift us with a map of what your terrace looks like...I think it has a 90 degree bend? Or more bends? How many square feet? Where are these awesome tits and peaches in relation to each other?

I'm sure you know there is a green movement to landscaping rooftops. I'm not sure that's what you are trying to do, but it seems as if you doing it nonetheless.

I would love to see a map of your roof garden. Like a bird's eye view.

You made a gorgeous, gorgeous Babbley.

Elena. (author) from Madrid on March 19, 2009:

Gracias, SoulaBee! Maybe I do have a good eye, the thing is, I did the first photo hub of my own accord, but the second was all Ms Babbley's idea and this third, I couldn't help calling it the way I did :-) Yes, visit her, she's fun to boot!

SoulaBee from United States on March 19, 2009:

I just clicked on the link. Very sweet. Sounds like a great idea. (She's very funny, I'm going to have to visit her pages.) Those photos are truly beautiful. You have a great eye.

SoulaBee from United States on March 19, 2009:

They are. By the way, out of curiosity, what's a Babbley?

Elena. (author) from Madrid on March 19, 2009:

Thank you, SoulaBee! My thumb is so so, but my partner's is VERY green indeed :-) Cacti are amazing, aren't they?

SoulaBee from United States on March 19, 2009:

Your photos are amazing. You have quite the green thumb. Yours are the most beautiful cacti I have ever seen. Lovely.

Elena. (author) from Madrid on March 18, 2009:

Laughing Mom, sometimes you've got to hate time zones! Grrrr. Sleep tight, and see you later! (whenever 'later' may be!) Besos!

Laughing Mom on March 18, 2009:

Elena--you're just getting here, and I'm just going to bed! :(

I hope to catch up with you tomorrow!

Elena. (author) from Madrid on March 18, 2009:

Hi Wallpaper Queen! Nice to meet you, and thanks for the compliments ... about the photos and about my home! :-)

Wallpaper Queen from Malaysia on March 18, 2009:

awesome, you got so many wonderful flowers and plant!

what a nice home you have...

Elena. (author) from Madrid on March 17, 2009:

Cris -- Your first line of defense! Laugh! It's gotta be a great defense, though, the buggers can do harm! At least mine are really, but really, "biting"! They could fool you, though, with those absolutely beautiful flowers!

Amy G - It really feels like spring here, hope temperatures doen't dip again, we'll see. Some of the shots are from some days ago, but most are from last spring and early summer --last year. Flowers take a bit more to grow, except on the fruit trees :-)

About landscaping, I do feel a hub coming on .... so many requests can't go unpunished.... whoops, sorry, I mean UNANSWERED, yes, that's what I meant! Laugh! Besos!

Amy G on March 17, 2009:

Awesome pictures! Too early for spring here...we'll get one last snowstorm in early May, if last year repeats itself! Still - I found some old mums in 2 pots in my garage today... they are growing strong, without light, water, sun, or love. YET, when I plant something in the ground and call it beautiful three times daily, it dies. Go figure. I'm with PM - will you come landscape for me too??

Cris A from Manila, Philippines on March 17, 2009:

My terrace's ledge is lined up with nasty looking cactus, my first line of defence as it connects to my bedroom :D

Elena. (author) from Madrid on March 17, 2009:

My pleasure, laringo! They are very pretty and whenever I watch them I still think -- wow, they're mine!! :-)

laringo from From Berkeley, California. on March 17, 2009:

Thanks for sharing pics of these flowers. They are absolutely beautiful.

Elena. (author) from Madrid on March 16, 2009:

Thanks, ajcor! Isn't it a sight? :-) Plus, the fruits are really yummy! :-)

ajcor from NSW. Australia on March 16, 2009:

what a gorgeous garden - particularly the fruit trees, the herbs and the raspberries in such temperatures on a terrace! no brown thumbs live here!...cheers

great photos too!

Elena. (author) from Madrid on March 16, 2009:

Sangria, and plenty of very cold beer!

goldentoad from Free and running.... on March 16, 2009:

Got any sangria ready?

Elena. (author) from Madrid on March 16, 2009:

Morning, everyone, rise and shine, it's 18 degrees at 6:30am!  Laugh!

Chris, I think you're right, O'Keefe would have had either a filed day or a stroke with so much variety! The tits, the cala lilies (which, well, are quite impressive in their maleness impersonation...)   I've a semi sort of decent greed thumb, but no tits to speak of, green or any other color! I'm actually jealous of those two perfect ones!

VioletSun – Yesterday I got a couple of offers to go landscaping in Oklahoma, from Proud Mom and gwendymom.  Where are you again?  See if we can make a cross country adventure, besides a gardening one! :-)

Pam – Trumpet killer? Bad, Pam, bad!  Get away from my tits, in case you're a bad influence!  Laugh

Everyone, I'm glad the terrace is a sight for sore eyes, after the long winter!

Pam Roberson from Virginia on March 16, 2009:

BEAUTIFUL! I really enjoyed looking at all the flowers. Wonderful job! Angel trumpets are one of my favorites, but i can't keep them alive. I'm an angel trumpet killer. Fresh peaches...that's heaven! Love em! Oh and it's very interesting about the flowery tits. :D lol

VioletSun from Oregon/ Name: Marie on March 16, 2009:

Elena: I am sitting here with my mouth wide open, WOW!!!! And this is your terrace?! Puts me to shame, we have garden space, and none of these beautiful flowers and fruits. I enjoyed looking at all your photos, you are encouraging me to get into gardening!

Christoph Reilly from St. Louis on March 16, 2009:

Wow! That's quite the terrace garden you have(And some naughty flowers too - Georgia O'Keefe would have a field day! I must get two tits! Ha!) Really, I'm quite impressed. You must have green tits...I mean "thumbs!)

Thanks for letting me see a little spring, for here it has not yet sprung!

Elena. (author) from Madrid on March 16, 2009:

Hi G-ma! isn't it wonderful to have your own fruit trees! I'm glad I gave you a colorful start, I hope your day only improves from now onwards!  :-) Besos!

Merle Ann Johnson from NW in the land of the Free on March 16, 2009:

Loved it - loved it - loved it...Very nice my dear...I have plum and cherry and apple and pear trees here and my favorite blossoms are from the trees...The flowers and cacti are also wonderful...I just have such a brown thumb tho :O(..Thanks for the fresh start to my day...G-Ma :O) Hugs & Peace

Elena. (author) from Madrid on March 16, 2009:

Only you can come up with such nifty words, Teresa! Would like to take credit for the photos inspiring you, but somehow I don't think so! :-)

Sheila from The Other Bangor on March 16, 2009:

Be-u-timous!

Elena. (author) from Madrid on March 16, 2009:

My pleasure, Pest! It's been around 75 in the middle of the day here for the past week :-)

Pest from A couch, Ionia, MI on March 16, 2009:

Today is the first 50 degree day of the year...I am dying for spring. Thanks for the spring fever! I can't wait.

Elena. (author) from Madrid on March 16, 2009:

Funny, Suzanne! :-) Those Don Diego fellows smell like a dream, too, they have it all: looks and flair! Laugh!

Elena. (author) from Madrid on March 16, 2009:

Christa - For me it's difficult to pick a favorite, but if I had no choice but to do so, I guess the cactus would be it. They are resilient like you wouldn't belive, grow to be old with you, they become like part of the family :-)

AEvans, yes, some do have a bit of a subliminal message there :-) or not so subliminal.... like the TITS! Laugh!

Gwendymom - I would gladly, but unfortunately it's my partner who has the real green thumb! I make do with taking photos of the whole extravaganza. maybe you can invite me as photographer, instead? Laugh! I'm not an entirely brown thumb though, so I could lend a hand with the landscaping too! :-)

justmesuzanne from Texas on March 16, 2009:

You certainly have a beautiful and thriving container garden! I especially like your Four O'Clocks...er...Don Diego Del Noche! ;D

Elena. (author) from Madrid on March 16, 2009:

Wow, what a turnout in minutes! Now, does that make me wish I'd submitted this to the HubMob? Hmmm? No, I don't think so! Miss Goody Two-Shows has spoken! Laugh

Anthony - Sping is the BEST, I can't help be marvelled with the rebirth of everything, every year, no matter how long I've lived here! On the other hand, summer delivers on most flowers, so it's a tough pick!

PM - On my very terrace, every single one of them! Love and Hates have a short life span when in flower, but the plant is very green and alive all year long. It withstood the snow mighty well. And yes, Tuscany doesn't have anything on my terrace! AHEM! :-) Don Diego's fragance is honey like and yes, reminds of jasmine, but never really looked into it. May have to, now that you mention.

LG - They do have a way to turn a day lighter and sunnier eh? :-)

Frieda, the woman herself! You can say that again about the tits! I said so myself in the caption! Rather shamelessly, too, I hope this isn't taken down as porn! Laugh! I've very glad you like your namesake hub!

Jama - Those views are still as incredible as ever! I guess part of the success of this little home garden is the fact it's a sixth floor and the plants get exposed to scroching sun, lots of wind, cold and all, in a way that they grow stronger, and here you have the result!

gwendymom from Oklahoma on March 16, 2009:

These are beautiful. I agree with PM, you should come to Oklahoma and do some landscaping for the two of us.

Julianna from SomeWhere Out There on March 16, 2009:

Beautiful!! I also see the subliminal message on some of them , how hilarious!!!Lol. :) I do have to say that you are a great photographer and have clearly defined what spring is. :) I loved the plum tree and the love and hate .:)

Christa Dovel from The Rocky Mountains, North America on March 16, 2009:

Your flowers are absolutely lovely! The cactus are so pretty, and the hibiscus is fantastic.

Joanna McKenna from Central Oklahoma on March 16, 2009:

Oh, Elena, I was right there on your patio! Fantastically beautiful photos! For the first time in my life, I *like* cacti! And you have plum and peach trees! I'm sooooo jealous! Thank you so much for sharing your little bit of the world. (Still love those views of the rooftops, btw.)

Frieda Babbley from Saint Louis, MO on March 16, 2009:

Dear god, eleni. These are flippin gorgeous. The tits are amazing! I wish mine looked like that. I'm sharing this one. It's so inspirational. You should frame these. Oh, never mind. You get to see them all the time!

LondonGirl from London on March 16, 2009:

fantastic photos, I loved them!

Proud Mom from USA on March 16, 2009:

WOW!! On your terrace!!?? Will you come landscape for me? We don't quite have the same climate as Spain, but it looks like you could still make it beautiful!

The Love and Hate looks very much like an amarillus. I have never been successful at growing an amarillus more than a few weeks after bloom.

And is the Don Diego related to Jasmine?

You have such a beautiful view from your terrace. I've never been one to have any desire to travel outside the United States except to see Tuscany. But your pictures may persuade me otherwise.

Thanks, Frieda for giving her the "inspiration". :-))

ajbarnett from Costa Blanca, Spain on March 16, 2009:

Lovely stuff, Elena. It feels great now doesn't it, love it over here in spring. It's my favourite .... before the scorching heat of summer.

Still lighting the woodburner in the evening though....

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