In early May, the city of Cordoba holds a festival called simply Los Patios, when a few dozen private homes as well as public and private organizations throw open their doors , welcoming tourists and native Cordobans in to their interior terraces. The patios are lavishly decorated with flowers:
Vines and small trees trained to grow up the walls. Pots hanging from balconies and fastened to the walls. In wheelbarrows, barrels and a host of other conventional and unconventional containers, on floors, walls, ceilings, stairs and every conceivable space.
There are hibiscus, bromeliads, hydrangeas and a dozen other varieties of gorgeousness. But above all, there are geraniums — of all sizes, colors and descriptions. I had no idea that geraniums came in such a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Some look like little butterflies. Some like azalea or rhododendron blooms. They are pink, white, coral, red, deep marroon, fuscia and all possible shades in between. They are single colored, edged, speckled, veined, splotched and eyed. They are simply amazing and I’m in love with them.
I think I’m going to start collecting geraniums on my patio in as many different colors and varieties as possible!