Post by bixaorellana on Sept 20, 2018 22:19:34 GMT
This botanical garden was established in 1638 as an emergency measure, since medicinal herbs were desperately needed to combat the Black Death raging through Amsterdam at the time. Originally known as Hortus Medicus, by 1682 traders of the Dutch East India Company had stocked it full of rare plants from all over the world. A coffee plant in the garden was the parent for most of the stock currently in the Americas and two small oil palms provided cultures for those plants around the world. Further reading here and also here.
Note that I've snitched the first picture here from that first link, as I failed to snap one of the rather unassuming entrance after bumbling around trying to find it ~
After entering through the tiny gift shop, you emerge into the shade of a cork oak. Note the people just relaxing and hanging out. The garden manages to impart the feeling of something between a park and a home garden -- at any rate, it's very welcoming.
Wonderful to see Victoria amazonica right out here in the open. And I love the lotus and its reflection ~
The rue (Ruta graveolens) is blooming furiously and the bees are working away ~
Great burnet ~
I believe this is southernwood, Artemisia abrotanum ~
Post by bixaorellana on Sept 22, 2018 22:33:12 GMT
Thanks, Kerouac! Yes, that was a lucky shot, with his little cartoon wings whirring away. I visited on July 12 and you can see there was a July abundance of flowers to pollinate.
This Skimmia was growing in the same woodsy area as the previous two photos ~
Moving on down another enticing garden path ~
Rock gardens can be problematic, as they often don't offer much drama in the landscape. But really, they are enchanted places where surely elves gather & fairies dance among the opalescent grays and ferny silvers under the moonlight ~
I put my glasses in the picture to give an idea of how teensy the Sedum is ~
It's pretty impressive up close ~
Moving along, I spy the back of the bee hive shelter across the water ~
It's equally protected from the front, as it's set back from the path with a stern request not to approach it ~
What a lovely garden Bixa . Loved the bee and butterfly pics . Cardoons - now I am going to have to look that up as I have never heard of them and I thought the pics were artichokes when I saw them. I wonder what the story is behind those sculpted heads ?
Post by bixaorellana on Sept 24, 2018 17:40:30 GMT
Thank you so much, Lugg! I am still trying to find out about those heads. You would think information on something that striking in a canal would be easier to find. I only knew what the cardoons were because they were labeled. They seem like something Scarlett O'Hara had to eat after the Yankees had marauded through her land. They are indeed a kind of artichoke, but ... What the Heck Do I Do With a Cardoon?
Kerouac, you really picked up on the homey atmosphere of the place. Walking through it does seem like wandering through a real garden, with the bonus of learning about what you're seeing, if you wish. And it does invite you to simply hang out, meaning it's a great place for someone interested in plants to visit with someone who is not.
That cheese-making aspect would seem to be a plus, wouldn't it, as to me they otherwise seem something people wouldn't bother trying to eat unless starving.
As far as what Kerouac said .... *sigh* Cardoons are not a type of nettle. They are a type of artichoke, as both are Cynara -- cardoon is C. cardunculus and artichokes are C. scolymus. Nettles, on the other hand (or not on the hand -- that hurts), are of the genus Urtica, specifically U. dioica
Just because something is prickly does not mean it is related to something else that is prickly. I for instance, prickly though I may be, am of the genus Homo, specifically H. sapiens. Sorry for the pedantry, but in the context of a botanical garden, it seems better to be accurate.
Edited to add that I just looked up chardon on Google translate (not the soul of accuracy, admittedly) & was told that it is "thistle". It further said, Mauvaise herbe à feuilles épineuses. So I suppose some French people probably call nettles chardons, plus it may be a regional thing.