Le Havre has had a botanical garden since only very recently. It bought the fort of Sainte-Adresse on top of the city in 2000, began the conversion to a botanical garden in 2005 and opened it to the public in 2008.
I had a map and decided to get up there from the beach, so we must begin by giving King Albert 1er of Belgium his due.
Why is he here? King Albert bravely remained in Belgium during the Great War, but the Belgian government relocated to Sainte-Adresse from 1914 to 1918. The French government accorded extra-territorial status to Sainte-Adresse for the entire duration of the war, so it became the administrative capital of Belgium. 30,000 Belgians settled there during the war. July 21st, the Belgian national day, is still celebrated in Sainte Adresse every year, and the Belgian flag is flown.
My map was pretty sketchy, but I knew that I had to keep climbing until there was nowhere to climb.
Luckily, there were some signs to show the way from time to time.
This is excellent, Kerouac. You really have an eye for the subtle beauty of plants and it's lovely to be shown this garden in the post-showy flower stage. The lavenders going to seed are every bit as pretty as when they're doing their color thing. And the grasses! Your pictures really showcase how exceptional they can be as landscape plants. I see that you were seduced by the sunlight glinting on cactus spines as well.
Kerouac, you've been having a grand old time haven't you! What a wonderful garden. I'm sure there are Anyporters who appreciate all the trouble you went to with photographing not only the plants but their names too. The "Bird" making a nest looks almost like a rare Green Pigeon to me.