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Miscellaneous / Re: Coronavirus situation
« Last post by Hilary on February 23, 2024, 06:46:41 AM »
Spergularia marina, Lesser Sand- Spurrey

Seen blooming in February under the Tamarisk trees at Lychnari, Corinthia.

And a couple of photos of Lychnari.
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Miscellaneous / Re: Coronavirus situation
« Last post by Hilary on February 22, 2024, 07:06:30 AM »
Hyacinth in a glass vase.

I did everything I was told to do but this Hyacinth grew on the slant.

Here is a photo of the Hyacinth how it grew and a photo as it should be, upright.
As a bonus a postage stamp from Finland issued for Christmas 1985.
Also a postage stamp from Spain, 2022
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Miscellaneous / Re: Coronavirus situation
« Last post by Hilary on February 21, 2024, 09:04:52 AM »
A peony from the 1960’s
When my parents, who lived in the north east of England,  moved to a newly built bungalow in a newly built housing estate on what had once been a farm, they had three gardens to deal with.
The front garden which faced the north and enjoyed / suffered from regular winds was the first to be dealt with as it faced the road.
Although the estate was declared smoke free for some reason or other coal fires could be used for one year.
The coal man was very interested in the garden and donated two large peony plants from his garden.
The plants thrived for 40 odd years until the bungalow was sold and the front garden paved over. I often wonder if anyone saved the peony.
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Places to visit / Re: Madrid
« Last post by Hilary on February 20, 2024, 07:38:52 AM »
REAL JARDIN BOTANICO
MADRID, APRIL 2023
Spring time in the garden

The last photo, from  our visit to the Botanical Garden in Madrid in 2023,  is of masses of people taking photographs of the masses of tulips, themselves and each other.
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Places to visit / Re: Madrid
« Last post by Hilary on February 19, 2024, 07:26:47 AM »
REAL JARDIN BOTANICO, MADRID
APRIL 2023
The statue of King Carlos lll
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The garden was founded on October 17, 1755, by King Ferdinand VI, and installed in the Orchard of Migas Calientes, near what today is called Puerta de Hierro, on the banks of the Manzanares River. It contained more than 2,000 plants collected by José Quer y Martínez, botanist and surgeon.

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In 1774 King Charles III ordered the garden moved to its current location on the Paseo del Prado. This new site opened in 1781. Inside an area defined by wrought iron fencing, the design by architects Francesco Sabatini and Juan de Villanueva organized the garden into three tiered terraces, arranging plants according to the method of Linnaeus.. Its mission was not only to exhibit plants, but also to teach botany, promote expeditions for the discovery of new plant species and classify them. There was a particular interest in the botany of Spain's colonial possessions. The garden was greatly augmented by a collection of 10,000 plants brought to Spain by Alessandro Malaspina in 1794.
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Places to visit / Re: Madrid
« Last post by Hilary on February 18, 2024, 08:22:27 AM »
REAL JARDIN BOTANICO
MADRID, APRIL 2023

Aesculus hippocastanum, Horse chestnut

And one on the Paseo de Recoletos
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Places to visit / Re: Madrid
« Last post by Hilary on February 17, 2024, 09:08:05 AM »
REAL JARDIN BOTANICO
MADRID, APRIL 2023

Part of a notice board about the ornamental  flowering plants.
To see what is in bloom each month go to the website of the botanical garden

https://rjb.csic.es/el-jardin/en-floracion/galeria-febrero/
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Places to visit / Re: Madrid
« Last post by Hilary on February 16, 2024, 08:41:01 AM »
REAL JARDIN BOTANICO
MADRID, APRIL 2023
THE VILLANUEVA PAVILION
Unfortunately, I have no information about this artwork which was in a different section of the exhibition space. Since I liked the work and  photographed it I am sharing it with you.
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Places to visit / Re: Madrid
« Last post by Hilary on February 15, 2024, 07:42:11 AM »
REAL JARDIN BOTANICO
MADRID, APRIL 2023
A dark red anonymous Peony
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Places to visit / Re: Madrid
« Last post by Hilary on February 14, 2024, 07:10:46 AM »
REAL JARDIN BOTANICO
MADRID, APRIL 2023

Narcissus ‘Golden Dawn’  a rather fuzzy photo
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