03/08/2014

TENERIFE - Land of Eternal Spring

That is how the Tourist Board advertises Tenerife, but the reality is marekdly different - this week we have had temperatures up to 40C, which is rare in England, they tell me! But this is August, the hottest month - it's usually around 30C.
There are also times when the temperature is like an English spring - usually in the middle of our winter - and we even get rain, but not often and mostly in the north of the island. We live in the south where the weather - and the landscape - is more like Africa than Europe.

To survive at all, wild plants must adapt or die, which accounts for our hundreds of varieties of cactus. As for gardens - you either water them every day or fit an automatic watering system - hence the rubber tubes that snake through every municipal flowerbed.



This is the time of year when stunning orange flowering trees splash the streets with colour, although the mauve Jacarandas were spectacular two months ago and the yellow-flowered trees are dropping their blossom now.






Here is a row of Flamboyante trees in front of our apartment building - some people call them Flame Trees -


















and Yukka trees in bud and in full bloom - rather larger than the houseplants you find in Europe.

And today I saw a cactus flower. You have to be in the right place on the right day for this treat because they will have shrivelled by nightfall.

This unpleasant-looking cactus spreads its tentacles like a diseased octopus across a garden near us, but today it has produced a twin pair of beautiful creamy flowers, which for one day at least justfy its existence!


And finally, beside our community pool, a perfect rose framed by a banana leaf. 

So if you fancy buying an apartment in this Land of Occasional Spring, we have one for sale!
You will find a full set of photographs and details by clicking on the link APARTMENT FOR SALE at the top of the page.

7 comments:

  1. 40 degrees? I can barely manage in the 28 we've had down my way!

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    1. It's only like this in August usually, and then not every day. And not humid.

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  2. Love the flamboyante trees - and what a great name for them.

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  3. Those trees are beautiful and, as Patsy says, the perfect name for them.

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    1. It's possible that the English name for them - Flame Trees - is derived from Flamboyante. I like to think so.

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  4. I'd love to visit but I think I'd prefer your winter. Unlike that tough old catcus, I tend to wilt in hot weather. Hope you find a buyer for your apartment soon.

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    1. Thanks, Linda - We are wilting right now!

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