Friday, August 9, 2013

The Gardens of Aruba: A Look Beyond Part II

 
Beyond the gardens of the northeast there is a world of tropical flora and fauna. I recently traveled back to the island of Aruba in the Dutch Caribbean and again captured some of its beauty. Aruba is a 20 mile (33 kilometer) long island of the Lesser Antilles in the southern Caribbean Sea off the coast of Venezuela. Mostly a dry desert island with an average rainfall of less than 20 inches per year Aruba's main flora consists of cacti, aloe and agave; however, many tropical plantings have been introduced to the island. The variation of colors and textures of these plants is so interesting that they are definitely worth sharing. Most 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!
Agave
Aruba Blooms

Yucca Flower

Island Bird in Croton Plant
Divi-divi Tree
The Divi-divi tree is Aruba's natural compass with its permanently bent artistically shaped branches pointing to the west...the direction of the trade winds that come across the island from the northeast.
Palms, Yucca and Agave
Ixora coccinea (Jungle Geranium Pink and Orange)

Sea Grape Tree

Variegated Yucca
Croton
 Tropical Azalea
 Ixora coccinea (Jungle Geranium Orange)
Giant Spider Lily Queen Emma Lily (Crinum augustum)

Colombigallina passerina (Common Ground Dove)

While out of my gardening zone I am not familiar with many of the species of these plants but I have been able to identify several through research.  For more Aruba blooms visit my previous post at Gardens of Aruba: A Look Beyond.  So for now it is a bid farewell and back to my gardens in the northeast.  I hope you enjoyed visiting the flora and fauna of Aruba. 

As Always...Happy Gardening!


Author: Lee@A Guide To Northeastern Gardening, Copyright 2013. All rights reserved

2 comments:

  1. You had a marvelous trip, Lee. I so love that part of the world and hope to get back there again this winter. It looks not so far from St. Lucia, they seem to have many of the same plants. My cousin lived in the desert part of the island, not the rain forests, so I recognize much of the vegetation, even those two birds. She owns an ocean touring boat and maybe I can convince her to take me to Aruba. Looks beautiful from your images. Your photos turned out great. You have the same camera I took to St. Lucia too.

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  2. simply beautifully captured shots...lovely!

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