December 20, 2014

Plants that bloom in winter: ALOE ARBORESCENS

What can I say to express it? Enormous, fascinating, breathtaking flowering you can experience? 

And that would be not enough to say how magical moment you enter 
while bumping suddenly on the sea of flowering aloe!

This very modestly looking plant, so popular as indoor plants in colder climates, can’t be suspected of producing so spectacular inflorescence (the entire stem with flowers).


This is Algarve :) If you want to see more of it, hop over here...

December 18, 2014

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - December Flowers in Algarve, Portugal

I am truly happy to share with you today the December flowers of Algarve, Portugal. Winter here is the season I would call Spring to my standards. 17-19C/65F in the day, 7C/45F at night. That's what I am used to when the Spring is warm in my country (Poland). Yep. Warm. Sometimes its colder in the Summer :( Climate is a great unjustice... 

Algarve looks so different than in the Summer. The gardens are still graced with the flowers, usually red/beige soiled hills are covered now with carpets of green tiny plants that are dormant in the heat of the summer and the sun is blessing all creatures living in this mundane domain… Algarve - the narrow south facing stripe of soil at the coast of Atlantic Ocean, separated from the rest of Portugal by mountains.

The flowers on the photos are only flowers blooming in the garden of my host’s house, you have seen here. There is so many more flowers around that I am not including in this post. Would you like to see them too, in separate posts?

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

I wonder, since readers of my blog come from all over the world, which of the shown plants are familiar and also grow in your garden?

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day is organised by Carol from May Dreams Garden. If you would like to see more blooms from around the world hop over.

Recommended further reading The Flower Recipe Book.

December 13, 2014

3 Gardening Books for Christmas [REVIEWED]

Are you are looking for the garden related book for Christmas for yourself or someone else? I realized that I have reviewed 3 great gardening books here at Ewa in the Garden, so maybe this could be the moment to start to build up a list of books which could be a great gift idea.

I linked each book to the full review page and also to the Amazon page.


1. Sissinghurst: Vita Sackville-West and the Creation of a Garden / Full Review - Sissinghurst is the garden that inspires many gardeners and garden designers. The book is packed with lots of information about how Sissinghurst was created, what challenges were faced and how they managed to turn weaknesses into strengths. You will find the detailed  descriptions how in the design they successfully camouflaged the exccentricities of the land, that today you can’t spot it.

2. Rodale's Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening: The Indispensable Green Resource for Every Gardener / Full Review - What’s best about this book? Information is not scattered all around in short entries, which makes using it more difficult if you need to dig the subject. What you will really like, all knowledge is practically organized into complete entries that provide information in a style ‘all you need to know about…’.

3. Organic Gardening / Full Review - After reading this book and – which is far more important - using it in the garden for at least one season, you will love to spread the news among your friends. It is full of easy to use  information that will keep your garden healthy and beautiful. I am sure it will answer all of your questions and doubts you may have.

Attention! If you know a fabulous gardening book that you would like to other to read as well, share it with us in comment section. If you would like to write a review for our readers let me know in an email (look for it contact section).