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Friday, 14 September 2012

Green day 13 @ Val's Alentejo

My shadow and the tree



                                                          as green as they get
                                                          Oleander ever green- with a touch of pink for early morning



 linking with Green day 13      on  "Raindrops and Daisies"

41 comments:

  1. Hello Val:
    It seems incredible that Oleanders are evergreen for you. In the UK we could barely keep them alive through the Summer and here in Hungary they delight through the warmer months but do not survive the winters outside.

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    1. Hello Jane and Lance,
      Yes, the oleander here is green all the year around. There is a couple of months that it doesnt give flowers.. but always green.
      Portugal has one of the mildest winters in Europe. we really do have lovely weather here.
      Summer is not for the faint hearted.. it gets very very hot. like today its been 35º and still hot at 6pm.. am off for a swim.
      Wishing you both a wonderful weekend.
      val

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  2. Dear Val,
    Congratulations on winning the "Giveaway"! That looks like a great book!
    June

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    1. Thanks June,
      I have been a little busy these days to get to all my friends.. hope you are well.
      The book is lovely

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  3. Ah yes, the Oleanders are beautiful. I love the pink, also the white one in your recent header.
    They are so tough and grow well here too.
    Lovely roses in your new header. How I love pink roses in every shade!
    Hope you can find a cool spot to relax over the week-end. Happy days! Betty

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    1. Thank you Betty,
      As you can see, I have a lot of Oleanders. I grew them also in south africa.
      Yes, they were on my last header the white ones.
      pleased you like my new header.. experimenting with pickmonkey
      I am cool inside.. and after a swim.
      xx

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  4. Early morning is such a wonderful time for picture taking. I love the pink on the Oleander.

    Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you Gretchen,
      I love the early morning. Its so hot at the moment.
      I love the oleanders.

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  5. Hi Val,

    I fixed the link to Green Day so your photo is now appearing on the link up.

    I love your shadow photo
    it is lovely and cool looking.

    The pink flowers are so pretty.

    I hope that you have a great weekend
    with lots of sunshine.

    Take care

    x Fiona

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    1. Thank you Fiona..
      I think i will enjoy Green Day..
      your post was great.

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  6. So beautiful !! Congratulation !I loved the first ,because I see your shadow !
    Olympia

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    1. Thanks dear Olympia..
      I thought that was cool too..the morning sun was at my back
      xxx
      I am now with fiona on green day..it looks fun

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  7. That Oleander is beautiful, Val...almost as sweet as your shadow!...:)JP

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  8. Isn't it amazing how many different shades of green there are, Val? I've seen gardens that were entirely green (no flowering plants) and they were just stunning, thanks to all the lovely variations of green. It looks as if you're still very warm there. Here in New England there's a chill in the air! Have a lovely weekend.

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    1. Indeed Haworth. When we stop to look at the trees or the shrubs the greens are all different.
      Its still very warm here. September is a lovely month.
      Best wishes to you there in New England
      val

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  9. It all looks so summery still, Val! Here it became cold. Paul and I had a glass of wine on the balcony tonight but around 8 pm we had to go inside. Too chilly! I know the heat can be a drag too - but I wouldn't mind to swap now! Have a lovely weekend! Christa

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    1. Dear Christa,
      Our weather only changes towards mid or end of october. In reality the weather in Portugal is very mild really. the worst months are jan,feb,march..cold months, of course not as cold as sweitz.
      Your evening sounds wonderful ..
      sending you some warm sunshine and hugs
      val xx

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  10. Hi, I liked the photos and the flowers.
    Alentejo is hot, I know. I live in the Minho, by the sea.

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  11. Hello Val, we also have a pink oleander, just like yours. Now I will think of you when it flowers. I love the roses in your new header - they obviously love the warm Portugese weather as well as your expert care and attention. Enjoy the weekend xxx

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    1. Hello Patricia,
      How are things down under!
      Thank you for you kind comments. pleased you like my new header. I like to change them now and again, it makes things a little more interesting.
      The roses sometimes get burnt and dry with the heat. Its still hot here. just finished watering.
      happy weekend.

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  12. hello Val also I love the oleanders and the early morning when the air is cooler, because right after getting up, I'll go out into the garden. Greetings and good weekend, fr

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    1. Thank you Franc ... My oleanders have been in bloom since early may ..maybe earlier.
      Outside is wonderful in the early morning.
      nice to see you
      happy weekend

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  13. Dear Val, Have I told you that I like your new header? Your oleander blossoms are gorgeous. I have always had an oleander tree but must take it inside where it continues blooming. Have heard that the entire tree is poisonous. Is that true?

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    1. I am so pleased that you like my new header..Picmonkey collage..
      I have always loved the oleander tree and had them in my garden in S.A
      Yes, the tree is poisonous. Its amazing, even the horses know that. They love to eat my daisies or other plants when they get the chance.. but not the oleanders.
      Hope your market day went well.
      val

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  14. Dear Val
    leander reminds me always of my childhod. Grandma has a big one ( it looked mroe like tree really) in front of her kitchen door. It was so beautfiul!

    Lovely shots : )

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    1. Hi Demie,
      Oleander is a lovely tree. They can grow very big.

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  15. Hello Val, so glad you stopped by the shop's carnival page. :) I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed the Romani post. I hope you stop by for the carnival on 10/6, music will be playing then too. Isn't their music amazing? So much talent.

    I love your Oleander all dressed up in pink, and you header is gorgeous too.

    Much love!!
    Marcia

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    1. Dear Fiona,
      I was so enchanted with your post about the Romani. Like I wrote, it brought back memories of my childhood.
      I shared it twice yesterday, with my grandaughter Audrey.. So I think we will be organising our tickets!
      Thank you for your comments.
      will be seeing you.
      hugs val x x x

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  16. I often see my shadow in my photos, too! I've often wondered what oleander looks like - thanks for sharing.

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  17. I like your pictures very much. The oleander bush is especially nice. I also enjoyed looking at your cookbook. I hope you will tell us if you make some good dishes from it. And yes, I have cooked squirrel stews before – it tastes like rabbit.

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    1. Thank you Vagabonde,
      pleased you liked my post for Green day 13
      My cook book is wonderful..such exciting recipies.
      Oh gosh. I would never think that one could eat squirrel..do they not have sicknesses!

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  18. I like your shadow picture, Val. When I took a Photography class, one of my assignments was to take a shadow picture. I remember taking it of the trees. I can't get over your pink roses on your Header. Are they still blooming for you? BEAUTIFUL!!
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

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    1. Hi Sherie,
      The shadow picture was just by chance. I am surprised at it too.
      Yes, my roses are still blooming. Not as profusely as early spring ,but they are giving me lots of blooms. A lot of work, but i love roses , as do you Sheri.
      thank you for your lovely comments. Always nice to hear from you.
      xx

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  19. Hi Val. I haven't been on for a while and have missed you. I hope all is well and that you are having a lovely weekend! I love your flowers.

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  20. Hi Val: Even though the season is changing, it is still nice to see a bit of green. We are having a very lovely, cool day today and it was much cooler this early morning. Fall is on her way for sure. Thanks as always, Val, for your sweet and kind comments to me. I just am having a hard time catching up with everyone but am trying. As it gets colder I think everything will slow down and that will be nice..Hope you are having a great week and I'll talk to you again soon..Happy Wednesday..Judy

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