Pictures of the Week
“The Mediterranean climate is characterized by the coincidence of warm and dry conditions in summer as well as by moderately low temperatures in winter. The low temperatures and the low light levels limit plant activity in winter while drought imposes limits in summer. The summer drought splits the warm season favorable to plant activity into two parts, spring and autumn.” (Estiarte et al., Int J Biometeorol (2011) 55:855–865)
At this time in our garden the mediterranean plants hit their blooming peak: to see areCanary Islands’ Giant Burgloss (Echium), Rock Roses, Lavender, Spurges and Brooms and many others.
Visit our collection of camellias, blooming at this time.
Cucurbitaceae is a medium plant family (120 genera, 775 species), also known as gourd family, which includes crops like cucumbers, squashes, pumpkins, luffas, melons and watermelons. The family is predominantly distributed around the tropics, where those with edible fruits were amongst the earliest cultivated plants in both the Old and New Worlds.
Our garden display the Cucurbit family in a variety of forms.
Melaleuca alternifolia, commonly known as Narrow-leaved Paperbark, Narrow-leaved Tea-tree, Narrow-leaved Ti-tree, or Snow-in-summer, is a species of tree or tall shrub in the plant family Myrtaceae. Native toAustralia, it occurs on the north coast and adjacent ranges of New South Wales. It grows along streams and on swampy flats, and is often the dominant species where it occurs.
It is the primary species for commercial production of Tea tree oil (melaleuca oil), a topical antibacterial and antifungal used in a range of herbal medicine products including antiseptics, deodorants, shampoos, soaps and lotions. Tea tree oil is toxic if ingested in large amounts.
Other Melaleuca species in the garden:
Rhododendron is a genus of over 800 species of woody plants in the heath family (Ericaceae), most with showy flowers. It includes the plants known to gardeners as azaleas. The genus is characterized by shrubs and small to (rarely) large trees. They may be either evergreen or deciduous.
Species of the genus Rhododendron occur throughout most areas of the Northern Hemisphere and into the Southern Hemisphere in southeastern Asia and northernAustralasia. No species are native to South America and Africa.
Protea L. (Proteaceae)
The genus Protea was named in 1735 by Carl Linnaeus after the Greek god Proteus, who could change his form at will, because Proteas have such a wide variety of forms.
69 of the 100 species of Protea occur only in the Cape Floristic Region, a narrow belt of mountainous coastal land from Clanwilliam to Grahamstown, South Africa. The extraordinary richness and diversity of species characteristic of the Cape Flora is thought to be caused in part by the diverse landscape where populations can become isolated from each other and in time develop into separate species.
This are the Proteas blooming in our garden: Protea aurea, Protea lanceolata, Protea mundii, Protea neriifolia, Protea punctata, Protea repens and Protea susannae.