Saturday, June 23, 2012

Fruit at Pisa Botanical Gardens

There were quite a few green ponds

I wonder if these beds used to be full of plants?

Apricot - Prunus armeniaca.

Kiwi fruit leaves - Actinidia deliciosa and loquats - Erybotrya japonica.

Lots of signs to help identify the species.

The wide-leaved lime and an unknown fluffy shrub.
I'm 40 today. It feels really weird writing that. I don't feel it at all. Apart from my aching arthritic hip and the fact that I nearly had an asthma attack after jiving with my husband at the Jubilee Jive last week. That's never happened before! Continuing our tour of the botanic gardens in Pisa we came across a long border against a sunny wall with a variety of fruit trees and shrubs. It was a thrill to see so many well established, exotic fruit trees growing outside. If it wasn't for the signs I wouldn't have been able to identify many of them. I have never seen a loquat tree before. Also known as the Japanese or Chinese plum. They are unusual because they produce flowers in the autumn and early winter. The small downy, orange fruits were ripe when we visited in early June. I have a habit of climbing trees in pursuit of a tasty treat but I managed to restrain myself on this occasion. The flavour is a mix of peach, citrus and mild mango. In Mexico the fruits are placed on alters as offerings to the spirits of the deceased on the Day of the Dead holiday. I love that there is so much to discover, so much that is completely new to me, so much more out there that I have yet to find. If anyone knows what the white, fluffy shrub is in the last photo I would love to know.


  1. Happy 40th Birthday! I love your photos of the gardens in Pisa - so different to our own gardens but somehow everything being more green makes them more tranquil!
    Have a great weekend.

  2. Happy birthday Lorna - these Pisa posts have been very interesting - I like to see how other countries use their gardens. I have a particular fondness for orchards and fruit gardens.

  3. hope you are having a great birthday... this sounds like a really amazing place to visit, orchards can be such productive yet tranquil places.

  4. Thanks you June, Elaine and Sylvan. I'm really enjoying the memory of this beautiful place.


  5. Happy 40th Lorna :) And nice photos from this botanical garden. I wonder if they're a bit short staffed though - the ponds being green and beds being put down to grass. Still they look like they have some really nice trees and plants.

  6. Hi Tanya, thanks :D It was a strange mix of being very ornate and very neglected but all the more magical because of this. Also, as the garden was nearly closing we were the only ones walking around which felt a bit spooky. There had been a family with two lovely little girls making adorable picture postcard scenes but they had left.



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