Thursday, January 12, 2012

Jungle Corner.......

                In a corner of the garden in front of the disused water tank is a micro climate perfectly suited for growing tropical foliage plants.  Shaded from the hot Andalucian sun by the Chirimoya trees it has evolved into the 'Jungle'.

                                                Looking down from the top of the Water Tank

Some plants growing here are:
 Unfortunately, the plant dies after fruiting so  having gained 7 large hands of bananas last year we lost 7 majestic plants but there are always young ones coming along.  

                     Cyperus papyrus

Long on beauty and history, papyrus hasbeen known and used by Man for millennia. Soft green clouds of papyrus linedthe River Nile during the time of the pharaohs. In the Bible the infant Moseswas found among the bulrushes, as Cyperus papyrus is also called.Ancient Egyptians kept records of their pyramid building activities on papyrussheets, from which we get the word "paper."

 Alpinia zerumbet

Obviously happy in it's home under the Chirimoya tree this flowered for us for the first time last Summer.



                  Canna warscewiczii

The red flowers light up when caught by the dappled sunlight.

                                                                                               Philodendron selloum