The Pretty, the Prickly and the Exotic.

248I know some of you already know but for those that don’t, I have recently returned from a glorious two weeks in Portugal. We stay on the Algarve, about 5 miles from the coast and just at the foot of the mountain range, Serra de Monchique. The house belongs to family friends, there is no way we would be in such salubrious surroundings without the right connections, and this is the third time  we’ve holidayed here in four years. In this time the garden has definitely matured and grown and it’s always a lovely surprise to see how it’s changed.

One peaceful afternoon I took myself and my camera around to record the vibrantly tantalizing, wonderfully diverse and the beautifully Mediterranean. Or the pretty, the prickly and the exotic.

So lets start with the pretty, as always my knowledge does not stretch to names…

271292270Next up the prickly and I found out the hard way just how prickly these plants are. Whilst leaning in to photograph a prickly pear my skirt became covered in minutest of spikes. I spent the next couple of hours trying to remove the little horrors from my thighs, difficult when you can feel them but hardly see them.How we suffer for our art.257363


And now we come to the exotic, those agricultural gems that struggle to survive in our less sunny clime.

205245And to finish the tour of our holiday garden…a palm tree of course.palm tree
I’ve linked this post up with Mammasaurus…..
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  1. Mammasaurus September 4, 2013 / 3:08 pm

    Pinky Dinky Yellow SNAP! Lovely photos from a gorgeous place, we visited the Algarve last year and loved it – the piri piri especially !

    Such colour and brightness – beautiful! Thanks for sharing x

    PS. Will link this back up in the morning and I suspect other folks joining in may not spot you as it’s coming to the end of the How Does Your Garden Grow week xxx

  2. Dragonsflypoppy September 5, 2013 / 9:18 pm

    Ouch! You poor thing – hope all spikes have been seen off. Your pictures are just stunning – a welcome burst of sunlight into my living room this evening xx

    • thepuffindiaries September 5, 2013 / 10:14 pm

      It was very beautiful, I wish I was back there now. xx

  3. Heather @betamother September 6, 2013 / 12:28 pm

    oh what a lovely place to be for a while!

    Great photos, love the wee pink flowers especially. :))

  4. Claudia September 6, 2013 / 2:24 pm

    it is always the most pleasant surprise to go to a blog with Portugal pictures (where i am from). my father is from the algarve and i grew up spending my summers there. thank you for this happy morning nostalgia feeling :)

    • thepuffindiaries September 6, 2013 / 4:10 pm

      Lucky you, it is a wonderful part of the world, we really love it there, happy it brought back good memories.

  5. Nichola Fabfortymum September 7, 2013 / 1:01 am

    Oh what wonderful pictures Sarah and what a fabulous looking house. I’d love to own a holiday house like that one. The limes just look like you could pluck them right out of the picture. In this colder weather, it’s lovely to look at some sunny pictures of gorgeous plants x

    • thepuffindiaries September 7, 2013 / 9:55 am

      We’d love to own it too, but friend that own it is a very good second best. It does all warm you doesn’t it. x

  6. Emma September 7, 2013 / 12:15 pm

    Hope you had a wonderful break. Your photos are so lovely! :)

  7. suzanne3childrenandit September 9, 2013 / 10:06 am

    I knew this was Portugal the minute I saw the top picture – it’s so distinctive! We’ve had some great family holidays in Portugal but this place looks amazing and your pictures are stunning – well done :)

  8. Bright Side of Life September 9, 2013 / 7:44 pm

    Hi Sarah, we were obviously meant to link up!! All the connections…. autism, South Africa and now Portugal!! We are heading there on Monday for two weeks, visiting Vilamoura!! :)

    • thepuffindiaries September 10, 2013 / 9:19 am

      Wow it was meant to be,have an amazing time, we love it there. :-)

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