Watch Out! / ¡Cuidado!

Hay una versión español después de la versión inglés.

THERE ARE SO many people in town for the weekend to enjoy the beautiful weather.

Blue skies. Sunshine. Manageable breezes. An especially glorious day today.

I wish they’d all go the hell home!

So far, this has not been one of my better days mood-wise. So I’ll just share all the beautiful things we bought yesterday at Viveros Guzman, our favorite garden center. We drove there in hopes of finding one specific plant, adenium obesum (also known as, Sabi star, kudu, mock azalea, impala lily, and desert rose), because we love it’s sculptural swollen basal caudex (the trunk). We selected two, a red and a pink. And, of course, more.

I didn’t even go for a walk today. I was afraid of what I might do if someone got in my way. I told the Kid Brother who said, “You better not leave the house, wise guy.”

HAY MUCHA GENTE en la ciudad para el fin de semana para disfrutar del buen clima. 

Cielos azules. Sol. Brisas manejables. Un día especialmente glorioso hoy.

¡Ojalá todos se fueran a casa!

Hasta el momento, este no ha sido uno de mis mejores días en cuanto al estado de ánimo. Así que compartiré todas las cosas hermosas que compramos ayer en Viveros Guzmán, nuestro viveros favorito. Fuimos allí con la esperanza de encontrar una planta específica, adenium obesum (también conocida como estrella de Sabi, kudu, azalea falsa, lirio impala y rosa del desierto), porque nos encanta su caudex basal hinchado escultórica (el tronco). Seleccionamos dos, rojo y rosa. Y, por supuesto, más.

Ni siquiera salí a caminar hoy. Tenía miedo de lo que podría hacer si alguien se cruzara en mi camino. Le dije al Hermanito que dijo: “Será mejor que no salgas de la casa, chico listo”.

TOP SHELF, TWO ADENIUM OBESUM.
DOS ADENIUM OBESUM.
THE TALL CACTUS IS SOME TYPE OF EUPHORBIA SPIRALIS.
EL CACTUS ALTO ES UN TIPO DE EUPHORBIA SPIRALIS.

THE BOYS SNIFFED BUT DIDN’T SAMPLE THE ANTI-MOSQUITO SWEET BASIL (FOR PEDRO AND KATHLEEN).
LOS CHICOS OLFATEARON PERO NO COMIERON LA ALBAHACA DULCE ANTIMOSQUITOS (PARA PEDRO Y KATHLEEN).
THE TWO ADENIUM OBESUM.
LOS DOS ADENIUM OBESUM.
A VARIETY OF MAMMILLARIA MAMALARIS (ANOTHER VERSION OF THE ONE IN THE BACKGROUND).
UNA VARIEDAD DE MAMMILLARIA MAMALARIS (OTRA VERSIÓN DE QUE YA TENEMOS EN LA MESA). 
MOOSE HAS ME UNDER SURVEILLANCE WHILE DUDO NAPS.
MOOSE ME MANTIENE BAJO VIGILANCIA MIENTRAS DUDO TOMA UNA SIESTA.

Use Your Imagination / Usa Tu Imaginación

WE DROVE FRIDAY to our favorite garden center, Viveros Guzman, in the town of Alhaurín de la Torre. Amazingly, we didn’t buy a thing. And just look at all the temptation! But we did have lunch at the excellent restaurant inside the garden center.

FUIMOS EL VIERNES a nuestro viveros favorito, Viveros Guzmán, en la ciudad de Alhaurín de la Torre. Sorprendentemente, no compramos nada. ¡Y mira toda la tentación! Pero almorzamos en el excelente restaurante dentro del centro de jardinería.

I WOULD HAVE PREFERRED “A HORSE OF A DIFFERENT COLOR.”
YO PREFERÍA “UN CABALLO DE UN COLOR DIFERENTE” (SIGNIFICA “HARINA DE OTRO COSTAL”).
IF YOU DON’T LIKE THE KANGAROOS, THERE ARE ALWAYS SHEEP AND COWS (AND THERE’S EVEN A RHINO).
SI NO TE GUSTAN LOS CANGUROS, SIEMPRE HAY OVEJAS Y VACAS (Y INCLUSO HAY UN RINOCERANTE).

ARE THESE FROM THE PAINTED DESERT IN ARIZONA?!?
¿¡¿SON ESTOS DEL DESIERTO PINTADO DE ARIZONA?!?
OK, NONE OF THE ABOVE, BUT THIS ONE PLANT… MAYBE NEXT TIME.
BUENO, NINGUNOS DE LOS ANTERIORES, PERO ESTA PLANTA… QUIZÁS LA PRÓXIMA VEZ.
POTATO STEW.
CAZUELA DE PATATAS.
HAKE.
MERLUZA.
MILHOJAS (LAYERS OF PUFF PASTRY AND CREAM). YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE. I SUPPOSE YOU’LL HAVE TO USE YOUR IMAGINATION.
MILHOJAS. DEBERÍAS HABER ESTADO ALLÍ. SUPONGO QUE TENDRAS QUE USAR TU IMAGINACIÓN. 

Pansies And Smiles / Pensamientos Y Sonrisas

We returned Tuesday to Viveros Guzmán — our favorite garden center — in Alhaurin de la Torre, which meant we were also back at Papas Fritas y Huevos for lunch (click here). We saw lots of pansies this time, among orchids and other flowers, and we finished with many smiling faces (which made me groan a little).

Volvimos el martes a Viveros Guzmán en Alhaurín de la Torre, lo que significaba que también estábamos de vuelta en Papas Fritas Y Huevos para el almuerzo. Vimos un montón de pensamientos esta vez (pensamiento es pansy en inglés y significa lo mismo que mariquita), entre las orquídeas y otras flores, y terminamos con muchas caras sonrientes (que me hizo gemir un poco).

I HAVE A PROBLEM WITH SMILEY FACES. SOME PEOPLE LIKE THEM. SO I’M NOT SAYING A WORD!
TENGO UN PROBLEMA CON “CARAS SONRIENTES”; ALGUNAS PERSONAS LES GUSTAN. ASÍ QUE NO ESTOY DICIENDO NADA!

Chocolate And Barrel Cactus

San Geraldo and I were back Wednesday at Viveros Guzman (the unbelievable garden center in Alhaurín de la Torre, about 30 minutes away). We bought more plants and pots for inside and on the terrace. Some things need to be transplanted, so for now I’ll show you what we brought home. I’ll share photos again once they’re planted and positioned.

(Click the images. You won’t believe how big some things get.)

FICUS MICROCARPA, BONSAI. ALSO KNOWN AS:
CHINESE, MALAYAN, OR TAIWAN BANYAN; INDIAN LAUREL; CURTAIN FIG; OR GAJUMARU.
FOR THE DRACAENA BEHIND IT,
WHICH MAY NEVER MOVE AGAIN!
A QUIRKY CENTERPIECE FOR THE TABLE ON THE TERRACE.
IT ATTACKED SAN GERALDO AT THE GARDEN CENTER.
OF COURSE WE HAD LUNCH AT PAPAS FRITAS Y HUEVOS.
DESSERT WAS NATILLAS DE CHOCOLATE!
NOTICE SAN GERALDO PULLING AWAY
BEFORE I COULD GET THIS OLIVE TREE IN THE CAR?!?
I WANTED IT FOR THE TERRACE [IN MY DREAMS].

But It’s Free!

While I tell today’s story, enjoy a couple of photos from Viveros Guzman (the garden center in Alhaurín de la Torre). We took another drive there last month. The story will circle round. (Click the images to enlarge.)

VERTICAL GARDEN. PERFECT FOR OUR TERRACE — IN MY DREAMS.
(EXCEPT FOR THE BLUE BUNNIES AND OTHER ASSORTED DOODADS.)

But it Comes with the Meal
When San Geraldo and I were living in Palm Springs, California in the first couple of years of this century, I flew to New York for a brief visit. I took My Mother The Dowager Duchess to visit her sister Sylvie. Some of the extended family met us there and we walked to a nearby restaurant for lunch. A glass of wine was included in the menu price. Everyone before me asked for a glass of white.

I said, “None for me, thanks.”

The Duchess said, “Order white,” to which I replied, “But I don’t drink.” (I didn’t at the time).

MORE VERTICAL GARDEN.

“But it’s free!,” snapped the Duchess.

“But I won’t drink it.” I insisted.

“But, it comes with the meal!”

“It doesn’t matter. It will just go to waste.”

“He’ll have a glass of white,” she commanded the waiter.

That day, we left behind eight glasses of white wine…. because they came with the meal.

Mamma Said
After the garden center last month, we went to our usual lunch spot, Papas Fritas y Huevos (Chips and Eggs). They offer daily menus, which are so cheap and so generous that I usually say “yes” and usually regret it.

We started with paella, which would have been enough on its own. That was followed by lemon chicken and chips (French fries) — gigantic servings.

I was stuffed and only ate half the chicken and hardly any chips.

Since I was stuffed, I said to San Geraldo, “I’m stuffed!” (I’m clever like that.)

San Geraldo said, “So you’re not having dessert?”

“I have to,” I replied. “It comes with the meal.”

PAELLA.
CHICKEN AND CHIPS… WHAT I LEFT BEHIND!
NATILLAS (A SPANISH CUSTARD DIFFERENT FROM FLAN).
I LICKED THE TIN CLEAN (NOT REALLY; THAT WOULD BE DISGUSTING).

Next time there’s free wine, I’m drinking all eight glasses…