Looking fabulous right now:Cercidiphyllum japonicum

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Dazzling golden autumnal display of Cercidiphyllum japonicum

I wish you could scratch & smell these photos!

Because, not only does this tree bear a spectacular autumnal display of golden heart-shaped leaves but it also gives off the most gorgeous distinctive ‘candy floss’ fragrance as you pass by these Japanese beauties.

I was fortunate enough to be in the presence of several Cercidiphyllum japonicum in the walled garden at Dunskey, all shimmering golden delight on a bright sunny autumnal day.

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Looking fabulous right now: Nerine Bowdenii

IMG_0374.JPGPretty summer dormant perennial bulbs from South Africa.

Nerines grow best when two third of the bulb is above the ground.

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IMG_0377.JPGThe bulbs also like to be planted closely together & that in turn helps to create a vibrant swathe of pink in autumn.

 

 

Pablo Neruda & Araucaria araucana nuts.

img_0272Subject of a poem by Pablo Neruda the Araucaria araucana trees hold their crowns way up high in the sky. So a recent trip with my fellow students to Castle Kennedy Gardens & Monreith provided us the perfect opportunity to sample nuts from these living relics that preceded dinosaurs in their native land of Patagonia.

IMG_0139.JPGOnce you manage to peel off the tough leathery outer armoury & papery inner skin a cream coloured floury textured nut awaits, similar to a pine nut but larger.

IMG_0140.JPGPacked full of goodness it was a staple food for the Native Indians of Chile.  The Pehuenche, People of the araucarias, revered this tree – it was central to their lives & used these beautiful large edible nuts or Piñones to make bread & a nutritious drink amongst other things.

IMG_0143.JPGSampling my first ever Araucaria araucana nut in Castle Kennedy Araucaria araucana Tree Avenue.

P1110920.JPGArucaria forest at Monreith. Photo credit Deák Gergő.

Further Reading/Related Links:

The Pehuenche, People of the araucarias

Auracaria forests

Pablo Neruda Oda a la araucaria araucana

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking Fabulous right now: Hedychium spicatum!

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A monocotyledon from the Zingiberaceae family. Lush abundant foliage & showy flowers creates that tropical effect. Also from this family is the common edible ginger, tumeric & cardomom.