Sunday, February 14, 2016

Best DH evah

V had a week´s vacation.  Unfortunately, the heavens opened and it rained buckets All. Frickng. Week.

He built a raised bed and I planted a variety of summer bulbs, azaleas that were in planters, some of the roses, a loquat and an agapanthus, along with some plants we picked up at the farmers market.  It took up most of the finished compost, what was left of the manure, a bunch of leaves and several sacks of soil mix.  Needless to say, the plants are all watered in.

And he fenced in the corner along the creek, connecting it to the gate, using some of the chestnut stakes we had.  Not much of a physical barrier, but I love the way it looks.  And he repaired the end corner of the wall which was collapsed, to accommodate the fence post.  Isn´t he swell?

I also pruned roses and the grape vines, and finally weeded the garlic.  We´ll have to wait until things dry out a lot to do more planting, but it feels so good to cross things off the list!  Now, we´re expecting a frosty cold snap this week, so we´ll see what survives.


  1. Hi, Coco!

    I am more impressed with the most recent work than I can say. What a relaxing vacation . . . but so fruitful! That bed is going to be a sight to see before too long. Interesting that you are already able to plant such things. We had a cold snap, too. It was 6*F (-14.48*C) here this morning. To be 52*F (11*C) in two days. I begin to feel like Australia, with these swings.


  2. It's looking very good, it will look lovely when it's all in bloom. our weather has now turned chilly after all the rain we have had since the beginning of Dec, the land is beginning to dry out at last.

  3. Thanks Pam and Anne! We´re pleased with how it´s coming along too. Quite frosty today and the rest of this week, but finally some sun. I was at a big box yesterday buying kindling and slipped a few summer bulbs into the cart. Going to try to take advantage of the cold snap to do some pruning.

    I went up to the horse place for more manure, but no one was around. Will try again later this week, but it may be that there´s more demand now.

  4. Hello Coco, I've been reading your blog with interest as my wife and I are thinking of moving to Galicia from Andalucia where we've lived for the last 3 years. Might I PM you privately with a few questions? Thanks. Rik.

  5. Rik, glad to help if I can. Do I have to publish my email address?

  6. Thanks Coco!
    I'm not sure how it can work - as it may not be nice to post on your blog. I can understand not wanting to share an email with a stranger, so perhaps we can become 'un-strangers', then we can email directly, or if preferred with my wife, Siets :)
    Some stuff about us, so we're not such strangers...
    My wife and I moved to Andalucia 3+ years ago and have shaped our remote, off-grid, mountaintop finca into a beautiful place. Here are some pix from several years ago
    For various reasons, we have decided to move elsewhere. So we thought that if we are going to sell our existing beautiful place and move elsewhere, why not move to a completely different part of Spain, somewhere greener perhaps and somewhere more affordable property-wise. Galicia seemed to fit the bill. I will be visiting the region next week, but thought it a good idea to ask people (expats really) who already live there what they think.
    I won't write more on your blog unless you would prefer to communicate that way. If you wish to email me or Siets directly you can use this shared address:
    admin [AT]

  7. Ah, I see the web link I posted wasn't accepted.
    If you copy this below and remove the spaces it should work.
    tariqdajani com / Alpujarra_2013

  8. My word, what stunning photos!! Hard to believe you´d want to leave such a wonderful place.

    Email on the way.

  9. Hi Coco,

    The fence looks really good and it is very nice of nature to provide you with tidy squared off rocks which are just perfect for rocks walls. Those rock walls look really good too. Glad to hear that you planted a loquat, those trees - after about 7 years of growth - produce lovely tasting fruit that you'll never see in a market (well, not down here at least). And they are as drought hardy and heat hardy as any medlar or quince tree too. Oh, I've discovered the benefits of tying up the asparagus this year too - or did you write agapanthus (the bees will thank you for their hardy and cheery flowers)? Enjoy your rain, I haven't seen much of that wet stuff that apparently falls from the sky at some time or other for a while now...



  10. Thanks Chris. Agapanthus - love the color and the tropical touch it gives. The bees need something other than flowering nettles around here, I think.

    The rocks are left over from the house renovation. V spends a lot of time picking and choosing, but it´s a great resource.