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Feb 24, 2014 2:49 AM CST
|I was in Cluj (about 160 km from my city) and I had a few hours to kill, so I killed them at the botanical garden. Not the best time to visit, it's still winter although it's a mild weather but it was better than going to the mall or a coffee place. |
The rockeries are not exactly in perfect shape - actually nothing is, at the gardens, and they could surely use my help :)
Well, anyway, here's some pics with what I found interesting.
And on a funnier note... Romanians are getting FAT :)
Feb 24, 2014 4:18 AM CST
|Thanks for sharing.|
I think it must be pretty in the summer.
Feb 24, 2014 4:49 AM CST
There's also 3 greenhouses, but I wasn't too interested in "tropical" plants this time :)
Feb 24, 2014 9:03 AM CST
|Lots of nice rock garden stalwarts there.|
What is these?
Did somebody get out?
This is Transylvania, you know.....
Feb 24, 2014 10:38 AM CST
Feb 25, 2014 1:01 AM CST
|It is Transylvania!!!|
I would do Dracula's evil laughter, but I am not sure how to put it in letters
I was also wondering. These are items from a so called Roman garden.
There were also a bunch of nicely carved pieces, a statue, the top part of some columns... so I'm guessing these could well be ancient coffins.
I could use them for some nice troughs in my garden... hmmm
Feb 25, 2014 3:06 PM CST
Loved the tour of the rock garden.
I will look forward to seeing pictures in high summer, please
Mar 2, 2014 1:05 PM CST
|Calin, for sharing your adventure with us.|
Picture 4 and 10 of the same type of plant (round bright green heads) are sempervivums or large sedum? They look great! But I couldn't tell because they look like they are on long stolons?
Mar 2, 2014 1:16 PM CST
Spring tends to be the high time for most alpine gardens. Where these plants occur in nature at high elevations, the bloom season may be summer, but the bloom is often much earlier in cultivation at lower elevations and with warmer conditions. For many rock gardens, the show is largely over by "high summer", unless special care has been taken to plant later-blooming alpines... which can certainly be done though - it just takes thoughtful plant selection.
Pictures 4 and 10 look like Saxifraga Androsace spp. (as is #9 also) - please correct me if that's wrong, Fixpix.
Edit: Rick has rightly pointed out that 4 and 10 are Saxifraga.
#9 is Androsace.
Edit: And continuing...
5. Helleborus spp.
6, 20 Sedum spp.
7. Sempervivum spp.
8. Saxifraga cotyledon
11. Euphorbia myrsinites
12. Galanthus nivalis
Mar 2, 2014 1:22 PM CST
|Lori, Good lead on photos 4 and 10s' ID... Will check it out.|
Mar 2, 2014 2:43 PM CST
Wow. Wonder what it took to break those slabs of rock?
Mar 2, 2014 2:46 PM CST
|I would have thought #4 and #10 are saxifrages.|
I didn't know Androsace could have leaf lobes shaped like that....
Mar 2, 2014 2:58 PM CST
|Yeah, you're right, Rick. Too quick an answer on my part!|
Mar 3, 2014 1:50 AM CST
|OOOps, sorry about not telling you what they are :)|
Yes, 4 and 10 are Saxifraga and so is 8, just a different type.
And that 8... I am not sure, could be some kind of sempervivum-related plant. NO idea. But it was too cool and I did take two small ones home. You know, to keep under observation...
I love that Euphorbia myrsinites. I have one in a pot but it looks so much better up on a rock.
Most of the plants have no tags. Where there's tags, there's no plants.
Mar 3, 2014 8:54 AM CST
Where there's tags, there's no plants.
That happens at our arboretum rock garden, too. Our NARGS Chapter does all the weeding and planting, but no one wants to move or pull tags on the chance that there are not supposed to, or they are just not confident, or they are stepping on someone's toes, as they say. Once in a while, two or three of us better informed members go through and pull and re arrange labels. The fact that many go dormant and retreat underground complicates things, and visitors like to move tags, too. It's been a few years now, and label verification should be on our agenda again soon.
Mar 4, 2014 1:06 AM CST
|Hahaha, never thought visitors are EVIL enough to move the tags around... but it sounds like fun|
Mar 4, 2014 9:46 AM CST
|I am sure they don't move the tags on purpose; they are just not cognitive, and don't realize it.|