Beautiful Spring Flowers In The South of Spain

Last Update: April 12, 2019

Hello everybody, here comes my monthly post

I love spring and especially enjoy this season on my farm in the south of Spain. I would like to take you on a little tour and show a bit of my surroundings. I have been living here since 1981, that means I have spent more than half my life here. People who come to visit always like it here and I think that is because of the good vibes.

It is a peaceful place, even if it is only one and a half km away from the center of the village. Alhaurin de la Torre is 8km inland between Malaga and Torremolinos on the Costa del Sol.

These grow on the south side

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Being a Taurus, I love this season. After a long sleep, nature awakes and shows its fresh colors. As the temperatures were so mild the winter, warming to approximately 20C during the daytime, spring started early. In January the small almond tree was in full bloom soon to be followed by other plants and bushes.

South side of the house with the Arbol del Amor = tree of love

Over the weeks more and more flowers followed accompanied by bird concerts. When the alarm clock rings at 07.00 birds are singing in the half dark. It makes getting up more joyful.

Orange blossom and oranges on the tree

The lovely smell of orange blossom

The orange field, on the south side of the farm, has 100 trees. They were planted in 1986 and are divided into 2 types of oranges. The early ones starting in December are the Washington or navel oranges. Then in March, the Valencia oranges are ripe. There also are 6 mandarin, 4 grapefruits, and 4 lemon trees. Now these trees, still bearing fruit, have started to blossom. Walking over the field to pick the fruit is a delight as you are surrounded by this wonderful smell.

On Friday we make a tour to deliver the oranges to our friends on the coast and have a coffee with them. They appreciate these oranges as they are freshly picked from the tree and are organic. That means you can use the peel when making orange marmalade.

Some pretty flowers

Get your vitamin D everyday

At about 13.30 we will sit on the patio and eat our oranges, mandarins, and grapefruits. At the same time, we get a healthy dose of Vit. D. No sunscreen of course. In the background, you will hear the busy bees, its sound creates such a peaceful atmosphere.

Part of my cactus collection

My battle with the cactus collection

To sit on the patio is absolutely relaxing and enjoyable. On the patio, I have my cactus collection. Some months ago I gave them all new soil, the plants were very happy and I could clearly see that. Now they have started to reward me for my work with pretty flowers. I can tell you that giving new soil is quite a job.

I protect myself with overalls and garden boots. I also put on plastic gloves which are covered with garden gloves. Believe me, it is not enough as I always end up with thorns here and there. These thorns sometimes irritate for more than 1 month.

Just stick a small piece in the ground and it will grow

Grapevines as sunshades

I have made some photos for you so you can enjoy the spring colors. On the one below you can see the grapevines growing forming a nice shady layer. The old grapevine died some years ago. It must have been perhaps as old as the house, 180 years old. Years prior I had planted many young grapevines to take its place. That was a good decision as in summer time it can get hot on the south side.

Afternoon sun on the cobblestones

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske

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DaleOdom Premium
Good morning, Taetske, I too am very much so a lover of nature in all of it's beauty and magnificents. Believe it or not my mom planted a lemon seed many years ago and it grew to be an adult tree that she ended up planting.

We never thought it would survive the weather here in Georgia where I'm from because of our winters. But I get the lemons every year and make lemonade from them and it smells so good when it is in full bloom.

Thanks for the pictures!
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Dale,

That is a nice story about your Mothers lemon tree. You can freeze shredded lemon peel, very good when there are no more lemons on the tree.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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codevonish Premium
Those aloe plants look like the ones in my yard; I have been trying to capture a photo of the humming birds plucking the seeds from the flowers, but no luck. I also notice a pandanus plant that the cottage workers in Barbados used to produce mats and baskets.You are definitely a lover of nature. Continue to enjoy.
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Courtney,

Thank you for stopping by. Yes, as a Taurus I am definitely a nature lover. I have shaped my farm for nearly 40 years. I enjoy the seasons but some have gone missing thanks to global warming which causes climate change. Now they will put some radiation to top it, we are not going in the right direction.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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codevonish Premium
We are definitely sprinting down the wrong path, we are currently experiencing a prolonged drought; I just spent 800 dollars on water for household use.The regional morning news issued a warning to conserve water. sorry, but the plants due suffer, especially during our hot dusty summers.
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laparra1 Premium
I am lucky to have my own water and realize now how important that is.

All the best, Taetske
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codevonish Premium
You are lucky. do you have a well dug? Our well water is salty; the island is small with inland salt ponds.
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laparra1 Premium
One is the water right I have to an old, dug well of some 10 meters deep. The other one was drilled on my property, also just above 10 meters deep. It gives around 14 cubic meters per 24 hours.

All the best, Taetske
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codevonish Premium
We are looking at desalination for our answer to the water problem. Some of the farmers have dug wells, but the salt can be a problem. You are very fortunate; many areas around the world has water issues; unfortunately sometimes it is too much water.
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kiliwia62 Premium
Hi, Taetske,
this is just so beautiful and I am looking forward here in Ontario, Canada, for Spring finally to arrive.
It is normal in this part of Canada to take longer to warm up.

Spring in Europe is still, I hope so, one of the most beautiful seasons,
Thank you for sharing and creating some dreams for me to be there :)

Gracias
Sylvia
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Sylvia,

Thank you for stopping by. This morning it is finally raining again. Sad for all the Holy Week processions in Spain. People are so much looking forward to that.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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TomHayes1 Premium
Hi, there Taetske,

Your monthly blog post is something out of this world. The flowers are majestic, to say the least. How meditating it must feel to wake up each morning and take a stroll down flower lane. I'm sure that must be how you set up your day.

All the best and talk soon.

Tom
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Tom,

Thank you for your comment.
It has been hard work building it up since 1981 but it has been a blessing I could live all these years here. Life was not always easy but that is normal, humans need their ups and downs to be able to grow.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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TomHayes1 Premium
Hi, there Taetske,

That's OK.

I believe you only speak as you find.

I can relate to the hard work that you have devoured into your garden as the evidence says it all.

Your Christian name is very intriguing, does it carry some family history?

Speak soon.

Tom
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laparra1 Premium
Yes, it does. Mothers father and his grandmother had this name. You can use it for boys and girls and there are some 50 variations of it. Taetske comes from the Nordic province of Holland, Friesland. Friesian is not a dialect, it is a recognized language.
As I was born in Australia I got the "family" name.

Taetske
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LindaF Premium
An other nice tidbit Taetske get to know you better thought your writings(O: Always a better way HIGS
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Linda,

Nice to see you thank you for your comment. You are right, we have been reading each other's writings for quite some time now and it does make you understand the person better.

Higs from the south, Taetske
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keishalina9 Premium
*** Wow! ... All Beautiful! ... must see! ... like for real ! ... ahh ...

what a paradise -- all that sunshine i guess ...

thanks so much for sharing all this loveliness with us ...

and enjoy an early Birthday! ... make each and every day a special one ...

cheerio ... 🌈😊⭐️🎵🎈 ... !
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Keisha,

Thank you for stopping by. My birthday will be soon, time does not stop. I do not feel old but I am getting old, oh well.
I have no idea, where in the world are you?
My WA friends are welcome.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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LindaF Premium
Costa del Sol, the sunny coast, que bello tu cienda Taelkse. What a lovely tour, reading your comments you are thinking of selling and leaving Spain I hope that wouldn't be until I am able to take the real tour. keep me posted on that.

Si me recuerdo correctamente tu y Micheal van a compir muy pronto, somos muy cierca en edades y el mes de Mayo de complanos. Taurdo y Geminis you always take the bull my the horns. veo porque tu tiempo es limitado es mucho travajo de cuidar una finca. te deseo mucho Higs mi amiga
always a better way
ps I think I will fly over with google earth
I got close but couldn't quite pick you up
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Linda,

When you fly over with Google Earth you have to look for the big Finca El Alamillo, inside is my La Parra. El Alamillo is 1 and a half km from the center of the villa to the west. You can follow the road from the center to the west in a straight line and you will see the big entrance gate. Next to it is a little chapel. From that point on you can only fly over but only at a height of 200m as it is a restricted area. I will wave at you
.The selling bit is not funny but it is getting too big. We are getting older so or we build something in this area or move to New Zealand. We will see.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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LindaF Premium
right look for Finca El Alamillo I think I seen you waving(O:
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laparra1 Premium
Hola,
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Freisia Premium
Your place looks and sounds amazing. I could almost smell the oranges and orange blossom and feel the warmth of the sun on my back as I envisaged sitting with you among the pot plants on the patio.. There is no place like home and it is wonderful that you have stayed there so long and created your own signature and personality on your farm. property.
Thank you for sharing, I enjoyed reading.
I love where I live too.
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laparra1 Premium
Good Morning Freisia,

Thank you for your comment. I started with a ruin in 1981 and with a lot of physical labor and money over these years it grew into a lovely place. Sadly time does not stop and I will be 69 soon and have come to realize it is too big. Will have to sell and build something smaller. Tell me, where do you live?

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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Debs66 Premium
Hola Guapa,

You know that looks like heaven to me Taetske.

I absolutely adore Spain. I miss it so much. Those trees and plants and I can almost smell the flowers.

I have to admit I am rather Jealous as I loved Spain it holds a big part of my life.

Living in Alhaurin de la Torre was the best years I had.

Hey and when is your birthday I am a Taurus too.

Have a wonderful weekend and thankyou for this lovely post of your home and life in Spain.

Debs:)
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laparra1 Premium
Hola Debs,

Gracias para tu commentario. Mi dia es el ocho, el tuo qual es?

Thank you for stopping by. Try and fly over with Google Earth.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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Debs66 Premium
la mia es 27 de abril.
I will take a look for sure it really looks beautiful Taetske. :)
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jaxbus100 Premium
Very pretty and looks like a great place to live.
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laparra1 Premium
Good evening Jack,

Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.
Yes, it is a great place surrounded by nature, very peaceful. I can go to the village or down to the coast for action but I like that my house is a little paradise.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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Stella2 Premium
Thank you for the lovely tour, Taetske. It looks so beautiful. Since there is still snow in my backyard, I really appreciate this walk in the sun.

Stella :-)
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Stella,

Snow is something which I might see a couple of times on the mountain in the west. La Dama de las Nieves, the lady of the snow. Also called Sierra is a mountain ridge.
http://www.andalucia.com/environment/protect/sierradelasnieves/home.htm
This winter it only happened once and stayed barely for 1 day.
Spain is getting warmer and we are lacking rain.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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APachowko1 Premium
You can grow more exotic plants than here in the UK, but saying that the daffodils, tulips, and Hyacinths have been lovely.
Thanks
Antonio
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Antonio,

Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.
Being Dutch I have also tried with bulbs but they never come out as gorgeous as in the world-famous Keukenhof. Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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FKelso Premium
Beautiful! Yes, if I were there I'd be out enjoying them, too. Thanks for sending pictures.
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Fran,

Thank you for stopping by. Come and have a look in person.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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TheCatherine Premium
oh how I miss my beautiful house in Andalucia. Next month I go to Valencia for the first time in 40 years and I'm looking for a house to stay there. For personal reasons I don't want to go back to my beloved Andalusia, but Valencia is not far away and I will still have the sea and the flowers. Thank you so much for sharing
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Catherine,

Thank you for your comment. We are thinking of selling as it is getting too big but it will certainly be hurtful.
Just build a house but smaller here close by as Alhaurin is a very nice area. Perhaps we will emigrate to New Zealand, let's see what the future brings.
I hope you will have a nice stay in Valencia, it will be somehow different compared to 40 years ago.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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TheCatherine Premium
I lived very near to you in Guadalmar, for 28 years. I lost both my husband and brother there and have no wish to return But I miss the weather, the coach of the food and the people so that's why am going back to Valencia
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laparra1 Premium
I can understand that very well Catherine.
How long do you plan to stay in Valencia?

Taetske
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TheCatherine Premium
I plan to go for a month. In that time I will know whether it's for me
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laparra1 Premium
I hope you have a nice time.
If you feel like it, you can call me on 952410820, best after 15.00,

All the best, Taetske
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wendyg53 Premium
What a beautiful place. Spain is on my bucket list. But I have to wait until the cooler months. I do not love the heat.
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Wendy,

Have not seen you since the 5G post, hope all is ok?
May and September/October are good months to come.
You are welcome.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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wendyg53 Premium
All is well with me, just really busy with my teaching job - happily retirement is not far off and then I can devote my time to WA. :-)
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ShihTzuSteve Premium
Lovely photos, thanks for sharing.
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Stephen,

Well, when are you coming so we can have a tinto on the patio?

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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ShihTzuSteve Premium
In the not too distant future, I hope.
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laparra1 Premium
Looking forward to that.

Taetske
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Wdcope Premium
Looks beautiful! We are just starting spring here in Ohio, USA. some blooms just starting, so I am getting excited. Never been much of a winter person.
Take care,
Bill
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Bill,

Thank you for stopping by and your comment.
After living so many years in warm climates I am no winter person either. Problem is that with Global Warming Spain is getting drier and warmer.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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RosanaHart Premium
Love seeing your photos! Way back in the 1960s when I was a young hippie, I lived in Nerja for about a year, on the other side of Malaga on the coast. Back then it took about an hour by local bus to get into the city.
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Rosana,

That is very kind of you to send me a Nerja photo. Last week we had lunch there as we came back from a mini-trip to Cabo de Gata.
I came to Spain in 1975 starting in the Costa Brava, then came Gran Canaria to be followed by the Costa del Sol. I used to work as a tourist guide for the TUI.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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FrankA2 Premium
Hello Laparra1,
Your blog is awesome!
What can I say? Continue in this way.
Greetz,
Frankie.
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laparra1 Premium
Good afternoon Frankie,

Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.
Nice to hear you like my little post.

Greetings from the south of Spain, Taetske
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