Thursday, January 12, 2012

GARDENS, FLOWERS AND RAIN FORESTS - Argentina, Uruguay & Brazil

One of the things I love about travel is to see flowers and gardens around the world.  The growing conditions in South America are so dramatically different from Minnesota that I saw only one plant that was similar - daylilies!  The one shown below is one that I have in my garden.  What a pleasant surprise to see it in Brazil.  Otherwise, the plants shown below would be either "annuals" or "houseplants" in Minnesota.

The daylily also in my garden.

In Buenos Aires:



Street Vendors

There are no evergreen trees as we know them so, while we saw many Christmas trees on display, they were all made from wire forms.
 In Buzios, Brazil is the longest "beach garden" in the world according to the Guiness Book of World Records.  It stretches 3+ miles.
 
Poinsettias planted in a garden.
I wish these could be found in Minnesota.  What a great color!
Beautiful butterfly.
Great garden "ornaments"!

Yellow wisteria?  That's what it looked like.
 Monkeys sitting on a back yard fence.
The next batch of photos were taken high in a Brazilian rain forest.

 The plant below was about 20 feet tall.


 Growing naturally... not planted by humans.  Mother Nature knows how to compose a garden!


 This mound of coleus was HUGE - about 20 feet x 10 feet by 4 feet tall.  Impressive!
 Banana tree with fruit and flower.




 Non-edible pineapple plant.
 Three varieties.
 Lastly, a pretty flower in a public garden.

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