On our way to my beloved Spain we have to travel trough France, a very beautifull and interesting country, no matter where you go in France, you find beauty, culture, art and last but not least good food. My favorite part of France is the Provence in the South.
CYPRESSUS IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE
A HUGE CACTUS ON A PARKING IN FRANCE, ALONG THE HIGHWAY IN FRANCE YOU HAVE THOSE HUGE PARKINGS WHERE YOU CAN GET SOMETHING TO EAT AND DRINK, FILL YOUR CAR WITH WHATEVER IT NEEDS, HAVE A CAR REPAIR OR NEW TYRES, DO SOME SPORTS AND RELAX, YOU CAN EVEN DO SOME SHOPPING HERE . CLOTHES, FOOD, WINE…. AND EACH AND EVERYONE OF THEM IS BEAUTIFULL AND DIFFERENT
The following pictures were taken in the South of Spain in a palm tree garden called Palmeral de Elche near Valencia, some of the palm tree’s are 300 years old, most palms are dates and their fruits are picked in December. It is the biggests palmtree garden in Europe. Besides the palm tree’s it had a lot of succulents and cacti as well as flowers and water.
THESE TREE’S ALWAYS REMIND ME OF FUNNY LITTLE MEN, STANDING ON THEIR HEAD WITH THEIR FEET UP IN THE AIR, THEY ALWAYS MAKE ME SMILE
I intend to visit this garden again if we are in the area of Valencia, I loved it !
Have a great weekend all and enjoy your garden !
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
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.
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