Portugal: Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – January 2013

On the 15th of each month bloggers from all over the world take part in Garden Bloggers Bloom Day organised by May Dream Gardens. What is blooming in your garden?

In the UK gardening in January like the weather, was depressing.. However, here in the Algarve I’m amazed there are so many plants, shrubs and succulents in bloom.

One of my favourite flowers is the Arum Lily. The leaves die down in summer when the sun is intense but in the winter we are rewarded with the most wonderful flowers!

Arum Lily
Arum Lily

I’m not sure what this succulent is called but at the moment it has a profusion of yellow flowers which the bees enjoy.

No name?
No name?

The no name orange succulents are now in full bloom.

Orange Succulents in January
Orange Succulents in January

I love this succulent the leaves are so unusual who need flowers!


Gazanias continue to flower in January! They are such a rewarding plant and grow in a variety of different colours.

Gazanias still in flowering in January
Gazanias still in flowering in January

Both my pink and mauve bougainvillea are in flower. Not sure they should flower in January as it’s the winter here. Still we’ve not had any frosts yet and daytime temperatures on the south-facing protected wall where they grow have reached 25C plus some days.

Unfortunately the birds have decided to roost in them every night and poop all over our patio. Any ideas please how we can discourage them?

bougainvillea still in flowering in January
Bourganvelia still in flowering in January

My Hibiscus growing in pots are still flowering profusely – I forgot to take any photos and it’s now dark!

13 thoughts on “Portugal: Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – January 2013”

  1. Love arum lilies also and am lucky in that our greenery normally does not die down . . . Not much into succulents: a love affair which simply has not happened tho’ I grow some. So am not certain but think your yellow ‘no name’ one may belong to the aeonium family: one photo said a. schwarzkopf, but with a yellow mop of hair, that does not sound right πŸ™‚ !

  2. Great to still have flowering plants in the garden in winter, I also love arums. In the second half of summer here in SA my garden is still looking quite good apart from the lawn which took major strain while we were away and the pop up sprinkler to one section failed. All I have is a huge bare, brown patch that we nurse with extra water daily but recovery seems to be very slow.

  3. Those are so pretty. I wish we had blooming beauties this time of year. Great photos. You captured the flowers beauty perfectly. πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Prue and welcome πŸ™‚ I’d love a cat but my husband is allergic. The birds are in the eavehttps://public-api.wordpress.com/rest/?notes_iframe#s of the house. A cat would still be nice πŸ™‚

  4. Hi Carole, you can discourage birds by hanging a couple of old cd’s from the tree, as it reflects the sun and dances around it will scare them. I have cats but the birds still come to my garden which I really enjoy.
    That first succulent with the yellow flowers seems to be a Sedum. The green leaved one just behind is a Green Aeonium. I only have the Purple Aeoninums which are quite beautiful too. That second succulent (4th photo) is a Flapjack. I love succulents and because they are quite hardy with our heat, even better! The Arum lily is considered a pest, they grow wild in the country fields, loads and loads of them…

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