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Jardim da Estrela

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  • Day6

    calcada da estrela - lisbon

    June 11, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 68 °F

    Wandering up from the government building up to this Basilica Da Estrela.

    Beautiful Jacarda trees contrast with the blue building.

    I like there drainage ditches, nicely tiled.

    a hard ware store......nothing like our local canadian tires, just a small petite store.

    the basilica was next to a turnaround for the trams.

    Basil plants: this from a website. they are part of the festival as St Anthony is the matchmaker saint. and males are suppose to give these to their female partners.....

    "Starting June 12, Lisbon honors the city’s patron saint with a 3-day festival. The 12th is the feast day of St. Anthony, who is also known as the matchmaker saint.

    Lisbon’s festival begins with a feast of sardines, a tradition that dates back to 13th century Italy. When locals didn’t care to listen to St. Anthony’s sermons, he took to the sea and delivered them to the fish.

    The festival is also a time to celebrate love and marriage prospects. Single women stand small statues of St. Anthony upside down, awaiting the day that he delivers a viable husband (which is when the statue will be placed upright). Men partake by delivering basil plants to loved ones with poems attached. Throughout the city, balconies can be seen with basil–and pot plants, with affectionate messages to St. Anthony or the recipient."
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  • Day6

    Jardin de Estrella lisbon

    June 11, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 70 °F

    This is the garden across the street from the Basicilla.

    We had lunch here at a vegan cafe. Cheese, Tomato toast, with a cabbage salad and mango dressing. Cheesecake for desert, it was crumbly, not overly sweet, very nice.

    Laid out in the middle of the 19th cenruy the popular gardens are a focal part of the Estrela quarter. the formal gardens are lane with herbaceous borders, shrubs surrounding plan trees and elms. The central feature of the park is a green wrought iron bandstand decorated with elegant filigree where musicians strike up in the summer months. Built in 1884, and original stood on the Passeio Publico before the creation of Avenida da Liberdade.

    there is an english cemetery to the north of the gardens which we didn't go to.
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  • Day6

    Jardin De Estrala Lisbon

    June 11, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 70 °F

    There were a couple of ponds, one on the terrace/patio where we had lunch. The stuatue was outside of one of the entrances to the garden. I think it Might be Vasco Da Gama.

    the hill was like Arthurs hill in Edinburgh, but obviously not as high....

  • Day6

    Jardin De Estrala Lisbon

    June 11, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 70 °F

    Thats the bandstand

    a great succulent collection, the opuntia (prickly pear cactus) was in bloom, one was yellow O. indicc-ficus, and the other was pink.

    I think that is a guava flower in blossom - Acca sellowiana, Ray has had this for sale at our plant sale over the years, I remember typing it in for his invoices!! Not sure if it actually fruits in our climate in Vancouver, but it sure is beautiful.

    That is the Dragon tree - Dracaenea draco It has very spiky foliage and looks a lot like a yucca or one of the cordyline palms but the branching structure is much lower.
    great information panel at the University of Lisbon Botanical Garden - the Red Resin , Dragons blood , has been used medicinally and as a dye by many cultures over the centuries. Native to the Azores, Madeira, Canary Islands and NW Africa. Flowers at 20-30 years of age and shows "dichotomous ramification' that is the branching structure splits. so that is why such an interesting branching structure.

    the statue colin is looking at, not sure who it was, but look at that philodendron growing on the rocks behind Colin. It is huge.
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