Four Months Renting in Spain

Flowery Communications

Over the past few months here in Spain, we’ve found ourselves sat in the middle of many a conversation whereby sign language is a very entertaining last resort…

The other day we were walking past a little old Spanish guy tending his garden. We got “chatting” to him and interpreted his words as something like “Can I have a look at that tree you’re carrying?”

{Uh Oh, time for the sign language / body language thing again}

Turned out he wanted to show us some of the plants he’d nurtured, he was so proud bless him, so we went in and got the guided tour. It took me back to my many years of gardening (when we had the house). At the time of planting a new addition I could never remember what the heck it was called. Come to think of it I couldn’t remember what they were ALL called. But when walking round a garden centre I always had an instinct of where the new addition to the family would be best placed. (Light / Shade / Hardy / Other).

On first impression it seems less complicated here, a case of dump it in a big pot and wait till it’s baked in a hot oven flourished under the sun? Not so, aside from the cactus family, other exotic species need water. So in order to avoid being stood over them wearing a watering can 24/7 a historic solution had to be found. And it’s everywhere, house gardens, parklands, even roundabouts full of flowers all have their own dedicated irrigation systems.

Nothing special at all in Spain, but where I come from, hear about someone with such a “spectacular setup” planted in their grounds and it would be considered a status symbol. To be fair though, that’s in the olden days. Before huge swathes of Britain started sinking. Perhaps reverse irrigation might help, now there’s a thing…

So to blossom this post out nicely:

The orange groves just round the corner from us…

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And a garden terrace with irrigation…

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Right, that’s it, I need a drink…

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