Back to Alicante in my mind…

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Hymenocallis festalis, Carmen del Campillo, Alicante, October 2017

Sometimes a new plant haunts you.  This slightly spectral photograph, taken almost in the dark, is of a plant which is currently haunting me.  Wispy, spidery white tendrils surround an almost-daffodil centre, with loose, floppy foliage a touch reminiscent of agapanthus.  It should be grown in the sun, though clearly the gardener at Carmen del Campillo, Crevillente, just outside Alicante knows his conditions well.  So unusual and so pretty.  I am searching for bulbs of Hymenocallis festalis right now.  It may also be called Ismene x deflexa.  Darn it, Crocus are offering 2 bulbs for £1.50 right now, but they don’ send to France- sniff.

Carmen del Campillo is a lovely place to visit, a delightful, shady courtyard garden with snaking paths and many little corners to visit- and as importantly, charming little nooks in which to taste a superb selection of teas and delicious Moroccan pastries.  The garden evokes Morocco in every way, smells of blossom, intriguing objets and plantings, and moments of mystery and beauty.

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Lanterns, sharp light and shade and fountains, Carmen del Campillo. Alicante, October 2017

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The light and shade of it, Carmen del Campillo, Alicante, October 2017

Deep marmalade orange and a falling head of flowers, Clivia x cyrtanthiflora was another clever pot choice.  It might work for me with a little protection according to San Marcos growers, so it’s a maybe.

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Clivia x cyrtanthiflora, Carmen del Campillo, Alicante, October 2017

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Foliage and containers, and lanterns…Carmen del Campillo, Alicante, October 2017

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Polygala myrtifolia with gorgeous stamens, Carmen del Campillo, Alicante, October 2017

Many thanks to Dan, aka ‘The Frustrated Gardener’ for the identification of Polygala myrtifolia!  I love his blog and he is a serious and committed plantperson- there is always something to learn from him.

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Light opening up shadows, Carmen del Campillo, Alicante, October 2017

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Framed by scented pelargonium, Hibiscus hids out by a pillar, Carmen del Campillo, Alicante, October 2017

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And a pink Hibiscus caught in a spotlight, Carmen del Campillo, October 2017

If you visit, beware of the tiny roads and use a GPS!  It is really worth a relaxing stroll and an hour or so of feeling completely removed from the everyday…

Happy New Year by the way.  I forgot to complete this post just before Xmas.

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