There are a lot of herbs growing, like rosemary, sage, hyssop, mint, as well as pelargonium, lemon verbena and lemon grass, with the lovely lemon scent. All the herbs are perfect for tea and cooking. The huge prickly pear grew from only one leaf that my husband planted ten years ago, its flowers are very pretty.
We have several oleanders and beautiful lavender shrubs, competing with their sweet fragrance. The white and pink cistus bushes are bursting with color. In the upper garden passiflora and feijoa are very generous with fruit each year and we make feijoa jam. Four years ago we planted a date palm there too, we hope to have dates in the near future.
Our two gardens are quite easy to maintain and do not cause too much work, nevertheless we need the help of a gardener once a month, mainly for mowing the grass, weeding, and cleanup. Since it is so hot here for two thirds of the year, we have an irrigation system for monitored watering.
The olive trees are blooming right now and the olives can be seen forming.
All photos taken by Uri Eshkar.