December, another spectacular and sunny month, with the intervals of cloudy and stormy weather, that produced not only the welcome rain, but also the generous dusting of snow over the peaks of the mountains, just in time for the festive season. Followed by the Sahara dust storm, that produced a lot of haze, but also warmer and sunnier weather, just in time for New Year celebrations.
Tenerife is a truly the island of contrasts due to varied altitudes and the geographical position. The cold and snow on the peaks of the mountains, the shady cliffs and ravines covered with dense vegetation, the humid forests and green valleys of the north, rocky volcanic landscapes and the dry, always sunny south coast…
And due to these contrasts, a varied life form inhabit the island. Here are few photos of small succulent plants – Monanthes brachycaulos, species of fern – Adiantum reniforme (lotus-leaved maidenhair fern) and bryophytes.
The winter garden is in full transformation by now and is occupied by winter veg, like cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, beetroot, turnip, potatoes, radishes, carrots, onions, garlic and more… This month we built an insect hotel in the hope to attract the beneficial insects, especially ladybirds :).
This month harvested the turmeric roots. Happy with results 🙂
And with this happy note the story of December ends….