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we went for a walk around the nature reserve. The leaves on the trees have already started to turn and it looks as if this autumn will be very colourful.

You can just catch a glimpse of the vineyards on the slopes behind this gravel-pit lake

On our way back we stopped in Schwebsange on the off-chance of being able to visit the botanical garden and were lucky enough to be given a guided tour by one of the owners.

Two varieties of Passion flowers climb up one of the outhouses in the main courtyard.

Many of the plants are container-grown which means having to move 450 or so pots indoors for the winter! The garden was pretty colourful even at this time of year but apparently is at its best in the spring.

The succulents grow in a sheltered part of the garden

Pan pipes his music of enchantment under a cedar tree

I do not know the name of this plant that produces these peculiar-looking fruits/seed cases. I only know them as parrots. If you break off a seed case, turn it upside down and perch it on the rim of a glass, it looks for all the world like a parrot taking a drink. Thannks to Manon, I now know that this plant is an Asclepias Syriaca (a member of the Milkweed family, and renowned for its medicinal properties).

These strange-looking fruit/seed cases I only know by the disrespectful name of “Pope’s balls” and first came across them when I visited Japan some years ago. They seem to be quite popular in flower arrangements now and seem to grow well in our temperate climate. I loved the combination of the vivid blue and acid green in this photo.

Plants grew everywhere and the owners had had to resort to growing pumpkins by trailing the vines through the trees and supporting the growing pumpkins in baskets as there was no more room on the ground.

A fine specimen of citrus medica

and finally a beautifully delicate yellow clematis, possibly C. tangutica

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Comments on: "we visit the local nature reserve and the botanical garden at Schwebsange" (8)

  1. Such an exotic array of flora. Beautiful.

  2. Trisha aka Cosmicdancer said:

    What rich beauty. Your photos are astounding. I love the pumpkins in baskets!

  3. Really! It is the diversity of your work which is captivating Carol. Such a rich and bountiful collection.

  4. Wow! It’s amazing to see how the world is rich!

    By the way, The plants you call “parrots” looks like something we call here in “petit cochon” (in French) which I would translate as “little pig”. The other name for it is “asclépiade” or “milkweed”, from what I found. You can read more about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milkweed or http://agora.qc.ca/mot.nsf/Dossiers/Asclepiade_commune

    Enjoy your time with Priscilla 🙂

    Manon

  5. A wonderful array of pictures, Carol. You have a good eye.

    Hey, and thank you for the birthday card. That was so sweet of you.

    Vi

  6. These are lovely pictures. I’m such a fool for botanicals of any kind, and the idea of pumpkin baskets is wonderful! Milkweed is hugely important in the migration of Monarch butterflies. They won’t eat anything else, and it’s dying out in the US as hedgerows are diminished. Glad these pictures turned out so well!

  7. I thought those were milkweed pods of some sort!

    Pumpkin vines can get a little out of control. I’ll have to remember the basket method of control.

    Love the passionflowers: They’re just so weirdly beautiful.

  8. Absolutely fascinating, Carol. A wealth of knowledge and interest here. Loved the idea with the pumpkins! Such unusual and amazing plants are worth showcasing here.

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