Aug 27, 2015

Albizzia Julibrissin

Holidays are great for caching up with reading.  I took with me a considerable 
number of books divided, some of them about history of gardening and
 I enjoyed very much the one about history of styles in gardening (in Spanish), 
a kind of short volume but with concise information. 

I am half way through (I was too optimistic with my reading during holidays!) 
and I just learned that Albizia Julibrissin, Persina silk tree or mimosa, also 
known as was brought intoEurope by André Michaux and his son after their
 expeditions to North America. But Wikipedia page states that it was
Filippo degli Albizzi was the introducer inmid 18th century.  It does 
make sense by the name, but what is the right answer? 

I have seen these trees in different regions, used in different gardening style 
contexts including ornamenting the sidewalks in cities.  I love the blooming 
season and I have retrieve some images from my archive from a small town
 in Majorca (Balearic Island, Spain) that I wanted to share with you.

Jul 30, 2015

Urban parks, London

I like to discover green patches inside the city.  One of my walks let me to find this little park/urban garden, really hidden and just in between the busies King's Cross and Candem Boroughs.

This community garden is part of the Urban Growth London movement. They are meant to serve as learning and therapeutic initiatives for urban citizens.  And, as they publish in their website, it is about "urban plants and biodiversity".

Also, is so peaceful and beautiful that I wanted to capture with my camera to remember.

Jul 22, 2015

Gardens in museums: Museo Arqueológico Madrid

My studio is near the Museum of Archaeology and I like to think of its front garden as my private one!

But I know I have to share with visitors especially at this time of year when tourists invade the city and run from one museum to another.  The images here are from some weeks ago and they show the garden almost at its best.  We had a really hot May, feeling more like summer that late spring, but vegetation was coping with weather, unlike what is happening since June, with officially three heat waves one after the other with historic records!  I would say it feels like we have been living in this weather for ages!!! And gardens and parks are agonizing for some relief in the temperatures.

This garden is more of a small urban park that serves as a front welcoming area for museum visitors and neighbors alike, an area where to find a nice and relaxing place amidst the busy life in the historic center of the city.

And even some cherries, unfortunately already gone! 

Jul 5, 2015

Urban gardens series: Parque Florido at the Fundación Lázaro Galdiano

I am going to be posting on a series of urban gardens and parks I have been visiting in the last weeks of the spring.
The first one is the garden Parque Florido in the Fundación Lázaro Galdiano, a space of about 5,000 square meters  that was created between 1907 and 1090 following the designs of Italian landscaper Alfonso Spalla.  The garden has an intense French influence of the time, with paths, lawns and a variety of trees: palm trees, cedars, magnolios, sophoras, among others.

The space is small and surrounded by high buildings, but creates a kind of secluded oasis for the museum with its tall trees and masses of green walls and flora.

A kind of sanctuary for bees in the city!

Jun 4, 2015

Flowers Market

Last weekend there was a flowers market happening in my neighborhood that was sponsored by a car's brand (I wasn't that happy about it, but ...). You can see that even cars were decorated with seasonal flowers.

Good news is that some streets were traffic-less and people took the roads to enjoy the stand full of colorful plants and flowers.