ABOUT CROATIA AND IT’S FLORA,FAUNA, FOOD AND ART (2)

Croatia, land of sun, sea and a LOT of rocks ! We loved it !

WE VISITED A MUSEUM OF SEASHELL’S, IT WAS IMPRESSIVE !! THERE ARE SO MANY BEAUTIFULL SHELL’S. YOU CAN FIND SEASHELL’S ON BELGIAN BEACHES TOO OFCOURSE BUT THEY ARE TINY.  COULDN’T FIND MANY ON THE BEACH IN CROATIA  EITHER. THIS MUSEUM HAD SHELL’S FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD.

A BIT OF ART YOU COULD BUY IN THE MUSEUM

MORE ART, I THINK THEY ARE REALLY CUTE, DON’T YOU ?

FRESH FRUIT EVERYWHERE

THE WOMEN MADE SLINGS WITH ALL SORTS OF PEPPERS AND AT THE BOTTOM A SMALL BOTTLE WITH OLIVE OIL, THE PERFECT GIFT FOR TAKING HOME

THERE WERE NOT SO MANY FLOWERS ON THE WINDOWSILL’S NOR IN THE GARDENS, PROBABLY COS THE PLANTS WERE REALLY EXPENSIVE !

I SO WANTED TO BUY THE CACTUS ON THE RIGHT AND THE ONE ON THE LEFT BUT I DIDN’T WANT TO CARRY IT ALL THE WAY ARROUND THE VILLAGE SO I THOUGHT WE GO BACK FOR THEM AFTER OUR VISIT BUT THEN THE SHOP WAS CLOSED !!! THAT’S WHEN WE FOUND OUT THEY HAD SIESTA FROM 12 TILL 15 H !!! BUMMER !!!

WE WENT TO SEE SOME AQUARIUMS, THE YELLOW THINGS ARE SPONGES

STINGRAYS, THEY HAVE SUCH FUNNY FACES !

A NICE MODERN FOUNTAIN

A HOUSE ON A HILL WITH LOTS OF CYPRESSUS

HERE I SPOTTED A LARGE OPUNTIA ON THE TERRACE, THERE WERE NOT MANY CACTI TO BE SEEN, BUT I SAW A FEW OPUNTIA’S

BEGONIA

BEGONIA

More about our trip to croatia in my next blog.

Have a great weekend all ! thanks for stopping by and enjoy your garden !

INTRODUCING THE FLORA OF DJERBA, TUNISIA

In March we went to Djerba, a small island that belongs to Tunisia, it is a warm and very dry country, at least it is normally. Not when we there, it was really cold and very wet most of the time but we did get a bit of sun too, people there were pleased ofcourse as they love every drop they can get. There’s nothing you can do about the weather so we decided to make te best of it and we enjoyed it never the less.

Here are some pictures of the flora I found there.

THIS IS AN OPUNTIA, ONE WITHOUT THORNS, MAYBE THE ONLY ONE AS THEY ARE USUALLY CALLED PRICKLY PEARS.

A BEAUTIFULL TERRACOTA VASE

GAZANIA’S, WE CAN BUY THEM IN BELGIUM BUT THEY ONLY OPEN WHEN THE SUN IS SHINING SO OVER HERE THE FLOWERS ARE CLOSED MOST OF THE TIME, SO NO GAZANIA’S FOR ME

PALMTREE’S  EVERYWHERE

THIS IS A BEAUTIFULL OPUNTIA MICRODASYS WITH YELLOW GLOCHIDES, DANGEROUS FOR PEOPLE WHO DON’T KNOW THAT WHEN YOU TOUCH THIS PLANT YOU GET INVISIBLE TINY LITTLE HOOKS IN YOU SKIN WHO ARE VERY PAINFULL AND VERY DIFFICULT TO REMOVE, THE PLANT LOOKS VERY CUDDLY DONT YOU  THINK ? BUT I KNOW WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT, I ONCE HAD A  AN OPUNTIA MICRODASYS YOU SEE !

THIS IS A SUCCULENT BUT I HAVE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE SO I DON’T HAVE A NAME FOR IT

A CUTE AGAVE

NO THIS IS NOT A POND !

THIS WORK OF ART IS A PIECE OF A PALMTREE TRUNK

AN UNKNOWN SUCCULENT FOR ME BUT LOOK AT THOSE LEAFS !

THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH FLORA BUT TO SHOW YOU HOW HOT IT CAN BE IN TUNISIA I WANT TO SHOW YOU A PIECE OF MOLTEN SAND FROM THE DESSERT, YOU CAN BUY THESE CLUMPS EVERYWHERE IN TUNISIA, SMALL PIECES AND HUGE ONES

AN ALOE I THINK

RIPE FRUITS ON TOP OF A THORNLESS OPUNTIA, IF ANYONE KNOWS THE NAME OF THIS OPUNTIA PLEASE TELL ME, OEPS NOW I SEE IT HAS A FEW THORNS

This is just a small part of the flora from Tunisia ofcourse. They have olive tree’s, apricots, almonds, grapes ,lots of succulents and cacti and lots of fresh vegetables. The hotels are nice and clean, the people are friendly and the food is delicious so we certainly will go back there.

THANKS FOR STOPPING BY AND READING MY BLOG

ANOTHER LOST DAY FOR THE GARDEN

It’s been raining for over 36 hours now so there is not much to tell about the garden, instead I am going to tell you about the flora and fauna of Kenya where we were on holliday a few years ago.

Kenya is paradise for those who love the birds and the bee’s , the flowers and the tree’s and last but not least ofcourse the big mamals. On vacation we are allways on the lookout for plants and animals whether it is in Belgium or abroad, my husband is a very keen birdlover where as I love everything about nature. The hotels we stayed in were awesome, they all had beautfull gardens and the rooms were cottages in the garden, the food was excellent !

JUST CLICK ON THE PICTURES AND YOU’LL GET A BETTER VIEW.

A VIEW OVER THE SAVANNA WITH ON THE LEFT A HUGE EUPHORBIA TREE

GNOE’S OR WILDEBEASTS EVERYWHERE YOU SEE

MY FAVORITE ANIMAL : THE MONKEY !!!! I COUD WATCH THEM ALL DAY !!!

THESE ARE THE FRUITS OF THE SAUSAGE TREE, APPARENTLY THEY MAKE BEER OF THE FRUITS

BEAUTIFULL BIRDS EVERYWHERE

FLAMINGO’S, THOUSENDS OF THEM

I DON’T KNOW THE NAME OF THIS BEAUTY , FREMONTODENDRON PERHAPS ?

CACTUSTREE’S

I LOVE THE SHAPE OF THESE TREE’S, YOU CAN SEE WE WERE THERE IN THE DRY SEASON, EVERYTHING LOOKS DUSTY AND DRIED OUT

THIS IS AN ALOE, THEY HAVE PLENTY OF ALOE’S IN KENYA

A HUGE OPUNTIA

FLOWERS OF ADENIUM OBESUM

IS’T HE A PRETTY BOY ???!!!

A BAOBAB TREE

DEAD TREE’S EVERYWHERE, THEY LOOKED LIKE WORKS OF ART

AN EXOTIC WATERLILLY

I LIKED THIS TREE, LOOK AT THE BRANCHES !!!

This is just a small selection of the thousends of pictures we took. If ever you decide to visit Kenya you can make the children there very happy with something they can write with and with a t-shirt and shorts as people there are very poor and many children don’t have a pen or even a book to write their notes in.

This will be it for today, as of tomorrow we’ll get better weather but tomorrow I have to work.

ENJOY YOUR DAY AND YOUR GARDEN !! and thanks for stopping by !