From loquats and bitter oranges in Seville to the Patio Festival in Cordoba, via a French-English-Spanish garden at Moratalla. More blogging-lite from the Iberian Peninsula.
The bitter orange in situ in Seville, with the cathedral in the background
Ceder of Lebanon (Cedrus libani) patterns in the Seville Alcazar. Note that this species is now endangered in its native habitat in eastern Mediterranean, partly due to exploitation for building cathedrals and other such buildings.
Grotesque, outside the rooms with the emblematic tiles.
And to continue with my pomegranate fetish, here is one skewered by a spear as part of the support system for Christopher Columbus' coffin, in the Seville cathedral. The symbolism is again around Queen Isabella and her husband Ferdinando, and their desire to rid Spain of the moors.
This is the garden at Moratella, owned by the the Duke of Segorbe and designed in part by French garden designer Jean-Claude Forestier. It's a mix of French, neo-Arab and Spanish influences. I also noticed a little English in their.
Finally, the patio festival in Cordoba was a hit. Plenty of Pelagonium mascarading as geranium, and the second picture is how some of the courtyard keepers water their pots (it can take 2-3 hours).