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Monday, August 1, 2011
The Gardens of Aruba: A Look Beyond
Allamanda cathartica 'Sunee' (Dwarf Allamanda )
I recently traveled to the island of Aruba in the Dutch Caribbean and of course brought along my trusty camera to photograph some of its flora and fauna. The island of Aruba has a daily average temperature of 82° F with an average rainfall of less than 20 inches per year making it a semi-arid climate. While mostly inhabited by cacti and aloe Aruba is also home to tropical plantings that one can view around the resorts. Being out of my gardening zone I am not familiar with the species of many of these plants but the colors and textures are so magnificent that they were definitely worth sharing. They are in full bloom throughout the year and are a welcome site to the avid gardener! You will also view some of the local fauna that by the way are not at all camera shy!
Ixora coccinea (Jungle Geranium Red)
Duranta repens (Golden dewdrop)
Ixora coccinea (Jungle Geranium Orange)
Croton (Codiaeum variegatum)
Ixora coccinea (Jungle Geranium Pink)
The Bananaquit or chibichibi (One of the most common birds of Aruba)
Colombigallina passerina (Common Ground Dove)
Hope you enjoyed the gardens of Aruba: A Look Beyond. As the sun quietly sets below the horizon it is time to head back home to the gardens of the northeast. Farewell.