Thursday, March 10, 2011

A Visit to The Botanical Garden

I've been trying to find out the name of this succulent plant which grows in several well tended outdoor planters in a nearby shopping center.

 I am sure it is a Kalanchoe but which variety?

It is healthy and a clear shade of jade green, and as most succulents do here in the Canary Islands, growing to a large size in the open air.

                               Unidentified Kalanchoe            

After browsing through my books on Canary flora and checking the web without any success I decided to head up to the local Botanical Garden to see if there was any planted there.      

As always, I became involved in having a look at some of my favourite spots inside the garden, but keeping an eye out for a plantation of succulents.

The orchid and fern bower looked inviting:

  Bromeliads, orchids and ferns

Anthuriums do well here in the shade tunnel:


The tree with hanging Spanish moss attracts visitors with cameras:

Not really a moss, the Tillandsia usneoides belongs to the Bromeliaceae family.

Waterlily blooming on the lily pond:

And up a few steps is the koi pond, A good place to sit and rest.
I was pleased when these two ladies came and sat down to complete the peaceful scene
for my photo.

Well I didn't have any success finding that Kalanchoe in the garden, but I found that I could consult with a specialist in the office if I returned the next day.  So I did that and after some checking with another colleague, the botanist told me that it could be a Kalanchoe Thyrsifolia.....but he wasn't sure.  
So the search will continue! Next stop - the garden centres in case I find one there.

And to add a little more from the jazz and BBQ event in my last entry, here's Maria at Alvaro's tennis club pouring the wine for our table during the barbecue lunch:

With good music and food we all had a wonderful time!

Papas arrugadas ....those Canary wrinkled salt potatoes and the famous sauces: red and green mojos:

Papas Arrugadas con mojos

And for dessert, a flan with homemade ice cream.

I'm still on the trail of identifying that Kalanchoe so there will be more about that soon!

Thanks for dropping by.  Come back again soon. ¡Hasta la vista!


Marysol said...

Sharon, wish I could help you determine the name of your succulents, but, as you know, being born with two brown thumbs, I can only sit back and quietly admire them from afar.

The beauty captured through your camera lens has always inspired me, as I'm certain it inspires every pair of eyes that ever scanned the lovely pages of your blog.

Hugs to you dear friend.

Marysol said...

Oh, and I forgot to mention, I suddenly have a serious craving for Flan, and Papas Arrugadas. I'm in so much trouble.

siga said...

Calanchoe Thyrsiflora (Flapjacks), I think, and I see you taged it as well :) Suculents are my favorites here :)

Tumbit said...

The flowers and plants are indeed impressive, but after living in Spain for 7 years I have a hatred (yet respect) for anything growing in my garden.
The food looked good though !

Ashleigh said...

Aaaaah...this all looks so lovely! Just another exapmle of why I love what you do. That's my I'm sharing the Stylish Blogger Award that I received with you! Come on over to my blog to "pick up" your award...

Happy Homemaker UK said...

What a dreamy day! How I love plants and dessert :)

Perhaps you would like to join me for my Expat Blog Linky Party on March 19th? Hope to see you then, if not sooner.

Canarybird said...

Gracias Sol....You have such a beautiful blog and I admire your food photos so much! Un abrazo to you as well! Sharon.

Siga...thank you...I think the jury is still out on naming that kalanchoe though. I've had differing opinions from succulent forums so I'm still keeping an open mind.

Tumbit...Nice to see you. I know the plants are always needing some should see how fast the weeks grow here!

Ashleigh...Thank you for sharing your award.

Happy...I'll be over to pay you a visit. Thanks for dropping by.


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