Durch Lissabon laufen wird nie langweilig. Entweder entdeckt man irgendein tolles Graffiti oder man schaut einfach gebannt auf diese vielen, tollen Fliesenfassaden.
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This complex owned by the university of Lisbon, comprises 2 museums and 4 hectares (10 acres) of gardens. The botanical gardens have a distinct air of neglect, however it is worth paying the entrance fee to wander among the exotic trees and dense paths of the gardens s they descend from the main entrance towards Rua da Alegeria. A magnificent avenue of lofty palms connects the 2 levels (Eyewitness)
These gardens are not as neglected as yesterdays ones at Belam, but the further away from the entrance the less maintenance. the public garden jardim estralla was much better maintained.
That is a fruit from a palm tree - I think it was Phoenix canariensis.
Bird of Paradise flower - Strelitzia regina -that is the orange - one the white one is Strelitzia nicolai , they had both and most gardens have both. They are used a lot throughout the city.Read more
That is a huge london plane tree, Platanus x acerfolia
Their bougainvillea is climbing up and over what may have been the old main entrance. there was a burnt out building next to this. Colin and I wondered how fire trucks would access any of the houses in the narrow streets and we did read that there had been a big fire in the Chiado area in 1988 which devastated many buildings
I like the bamboo fence, their's is held with zap straps, mine is with raffia when I can get it. this year I just used some of these old plastic green plant ties I had in the greenhouse. i'm not the only one who uses bamboo fencing! reusable, sustainable and cheap :)Read more
They had a monocot section which was interesting.
That is a calla lily - a weed in south africa where it is native. there is a story of a colonial aristocrat/gentleman in South Africa, ordering up beautiful flowers from london for his daughters wedding, and when they arrived they were the calla lily, what they in South Africa perceive as a weed, but others a beautiful exotic.
That is Datura or is it Brugmansia, i get them mixed up. I have quite a few in the green house, but mine don't get higher than 3 feet, not enough room. They are native to Peru and are hallucinogenic. We have a lovely large one at Bloedel.Read more
These are flowering spikes of agave. the first one I don't know the species. no label and I wasn't about to crawl in with all those spiky things.
the 2nd one is agave chiapensis native to mexico and guatamala
the next pic is just a neat tropical effect in the monocot garden
the variegated yellow plant, i can't remember if that was a yucca or a dracaena. I think it was a dracaena and it had a very very spiky foliage.
I think that is one of the auracarias. not the one we grow in vancouver, monkey puzzle, auracaria auracana, but it may be A. bidwelii - the one we grow at bloedel under the dome. huge pine cone and they had one attached to the tree for all to see. they are the size of bowling balls and weigh a few kg, so you have to be wary when they are coning and dropping their cones. they can knock you out.
the last pic is a blooming opuntia, again not sure which species.
they had lots of different cycads and good information panels in both portuguese and english.Read more
we left the garden and grabbed a coffee and a desert at a small coffee shop across the street. seems to be a common practice here as it was rather busy for 7 pm and it was not dinners they were serving.
That is a Euphorbia resinifera which I think we have grown at Bloedel in the dry section and that is an aloe in blossom
You might also know this place by the following names:
University of Lisbon Botanical Garden, Jardim Botânico