Sharing with you a Garden which has Come Of Age.
Having arrived in Portugal slightly more than 21 years ago, a lot has changed in the country as a whole and much more within the garden at our Quinta.
Firstly, we cut down unwanted trees and left native trees like oaks, pine and strawberry, which today gives some parts of the Quinta the look of a natural forest. A backdrop for floral creations.
Within these gardening articles I would like to share with you my successes, knowledge and advice on how to create a garden like mine, which my friends describe as a total joy. Taking you through a range of plants on how best to propagate them and where to plant them for success. Taking care as to what the plant, seeds, cuttings needs are.
My first plant I choose to write about is .....Protea Lacticolor. Why I choose this plant is because of its beautiful flowers, the challenge of growing it and wanting to learn about the plant.
Having grown up in the Tropics, on coming to Portugal it was only natural for me to try to grow the plants that I knew very well. With a colder winter climate, I did not succeed.
So a plant like PROTEA LACTICOLOR appeals to me with its vibrant colour.
This shrub originates from the Western Cape in South Africa.
Protea lacticolor and its relatives are evergreen bush/trees.
Will stand slight frost but I always protect mine in winter.
They can grow to 4 meters. and spread to 5 meters.
They do not like wet roots and like well drained soil. It will not grow in clay soil. It does not like artificial fertilisers and no fresh animal manure. Wood ash and well broken down organic matter are the best. A mulch of pine buck and pine needles helps. The roots do not like to be disturbed so nothing should grow very close to it.
Water in the dry season. Spray with a hose during the hot months now and then.
If treated well, the plant will reward you. Mine gave a number of flowers last autumn/winter.
Happy gardening until next time.
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