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 The National Botanic Garden of Wales 
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Just a few shots of the Botanic gardens located in Wales.
I will first start with the tropical butterfly house where temperatures are kept at 28c and then move onto the large glass house afterwards.

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Crinum asiaticum I assumed

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Alocasia portodora was massive

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The Phoenix roebelleni and Howea were pristine I asked the lady what they do with them when they get to big "we just cut them down and they resprout from the base" was the reply....I did not argue as she was a nice lady....lol

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The unassuming entrance to 'the largest single-span greenhouse in the world'

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I must admit once inside it was a very impressive structure

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Crythanthus falcatus

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The proteaceae family seemed to be the flowers of the moment

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There is always someone who walks into shot when you are taking a photo....lol

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The Echiums were loving it

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This one looked a bit tatty but one I have not seen before E.simplex

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Wachendorfia were just coming into flower mine, which I assumed would not be hardy way up north here, are only just showing above ground but will flower around August.

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Did not spot the name of the next two plants

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Kangaroo paws in full flower

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Calothamus quadrfidus

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Jackie spots a X.glauca

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Banksia coccinea an absolute star of a flower.

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Alogyne huegelii

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I assumed this was an Helichrysum

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WOW what a walkway with a rather nice vine growing over it.

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Hardenbergia violacea

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A few Puya some flowering

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Puya venusta in the blue corner P.chilensis in the green corner

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Jubaea chilensis not ideally placed either maybe just cut it down when it gets bigger and it will re-shoot from the ground :roll:

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Well it is Wales where you need a coat for all seasons

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Puya berteroniana just coming into flower love the turquoise flowers

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Nice colour combination with this Tropaleum

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This plant was dropping seeds all over the floor :roll:

Barnadesia caryophylla

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Another stunning Banksia .......B.baureii

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Dudleya anthonii

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Great habit on this Bansia blechnifolia it would look good on the stones at Tremenheere

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Tea and cake and a local band took to the small stage the acoustics were marvelous

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The fungi with the fun guy :lol:

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Strangely I quite liked this unassuming plant which on closer observation was flowering

Hypocalymma angustifoloium

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Sorry missed the label here

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500 acres outside so plenty of room for further develpement

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I hope you enjoyed the look it was a good day out for us and thought we would like to share with the members here


Sat Apr 15, 2017 8:32 pm
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Super concept kev, I've just gone through it but do it again tomorrow calmly, really great, thanks for sharing :mrgreen:

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Sat Apr 15, 2017 9:02 pm
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Thanks for an awesome post Kev,

It is just a bit too far for a day trip from here [close enough as the crow flies, but that would be over the Bristol Channel!].

I haven't yet been [shame on me].

What you have as Banksia baureii is another Calothamnus, I think C.sanguineus. It is Myrtaceae and rumoured to be hardy to -12C. I haven't grown it; has anyone else?

The first of the ones you didn't get a name for is a Hakea, I think H.cucullata.

I don't recognise the second 'unknown'.

Chad

ps. The 'Sorry missed the label here' is one of the Banksia that used to be a Dryandra. I think B.formosa.


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Fantastic post Kev - by far the most comprehensive set of pictures I have seen. I've not been (yet) but you've really given a great flavour of the place and made me want to visit. What a fantastic building!

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Sun Apr 16, 2017 7:26 am
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Thanks Kev,


What a fabulous place. I, like the others, have not been but would certainly like to go one day. Do you know the story of the tree stumps outside? are they just there for ornamentation or did they have a significant history?

Your photographs are superb, as always, congratulations. Looks like it was a nice day for a trip out too! Although this is definitely somewhere to go on a rainy day too methinks.


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Kev, really interesting, many thanks.


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Thanks for sharing, nice photos, I always pop in when I'm in the area. The butterfly house is quite a recent addition. :wink:

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Adrian wrote:
Thanks Kev,


What a fabulous place. I, like the others, have not been but would certainly like to go one day. Do you know the story of the tree stumps outside? are they just there for ornamentation or did they have a significant history?

Your photographs are superb, as always, congratulations. Looks like it was a nice day for a trip out too! Although this is definitely somewhere to go on a rainy day too methinks.


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Adrian the tree stumps outside were simply massive I believe the biggest one was from Argentina where it broke a few lorries that tried to transport it out of the swamp where it resided.
Some had to be blessed by witch doctors before they were moved I believe they went to an exhibition in Trafalgar square then onto Wales.
HERE are a few photos from the interweb


Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:05 am
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Kev,

seems you two had a blast! That greenhouse is superb. I like most, that it blends perfectly with the landscape and the plants are stunning, too.

Great post, thanks for sharing!


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Kev

I saw them when they were in Trafalgar Square, must have been about 3 or 4 years ago now, they looked fantastic there. I seem to remember they might have been upended so the roots looked like branches.........actually, looking through my pictures I can see it was in 2009..........(so my 3 years ago was actually 8!!!!)


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I think they look much nicer in a natural setting at the botanic gardens though.

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If you are going to the Botanic gardens, Aberglasney House and Gardens is only a couple of miles away and is well worth a visit, as well as the gardens, part of the house has been left as a ruin and is planted with flora which is very unusual and in my opinion pleasing. Then of course Dewstone Gardens is partially underground and unique.

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Thanks for sharing the pictures Kev, it looks well worth a visit. Are there any outside exotic plantings.

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John P wrote:
Thanks for sharing the pictures Kev, it looks well worth a visit. Are there any outside exotic plantings.

John


John they had some Trachycarpus fortuneii, Chamaerops humilis plus C.H. Vulcano growing outside but strangely there were a couple of 5ft high trunked Trachies which were dead.
There are lots more buildings on site shops a cinema and the norm these days a cafe and tea room.
There are blocks of class rooms used for children to study pond life built over a lake and as I mentioned 500 acres, should you catch a sunny day, to walk round.

The inside of the main glass house is very clever as you walk round it you walk lower and lower into the very centre and then back up again.


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Best glasshouse in the world. Love the hard landscaping indoors too. The Puyas in there labelled as P. chilensis are I'm sure actually P. gilmartinii (at least a lot of them - can't remember). I have told them over the years, but nothing changes.

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Great photos as usual Kev. I was at the UCBerkeley botanical garden yesterday for the first time in a few years. Their Protea and Banksia are just starting up..a few were going. I would guess in the glasshouse they are more in time with Southern California. As usual with the subtropicals we are about a month behind in flowering.


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