Looking upwards across the roofs from our terrace, our neighbours 3 doors up, the charming Cherrys, have this amazing poinsettia tree. I never realised poinsettias could become trees, I just thought they were small plants that you bought in pots for Xmas and then they shrivelled and died after the new year (mine do anyway….) This is just the top of the tree in full blaze; I would have had to crawl over the roof to get the full view of the tree which might not be such a good idea :-). Behind is just general brick and concrete which I found was not easy to paint. Anyway, I thought it was a nice festive subject for December! 🙂
This century plant (also called Agave americana, and maguey) is to the north of Jimena near to the campsite. I looked up some info on them (wikipedia), as I don’t know much about them, and it seems that once they have shot up this amazing spike out of the base plant that’s it for the plant, which withers and dies but does have some suckers that will grow out of the base. So, I wonder what the spike with ‘flowers’ is for then? I assumed seeds to be spread but who knows? Maybe it is just having a last hurrah 🙂
I have been given a set of pencils (it was my birthday last week, thank you, sister 🙂 ) I have 12! I only had 2 before, all different hardness-es, if that’s the right word, so no excuse now for not shading. Thought I’d have a quick go at a Cala Lily; there are lots out in the streets in pots at the moment.