Botanising Israel, an epic adventure of war and wildflowers, part 4

From our base at En Gedi we headed to Jerusalem for a day, the friends we were in Israel with wanted to see the culture and sights of the worlds oldest city and we took the opportunity to visit Jerusalems Botanic Gardens in the hope of seeing some of those illusive Iris. We got there to find that the botanic garden had experienced the worst snow it had ever seen just a couple of months earlier and was in the process of a major clearup opperation. However the extreme weather hadn’t stopped the native plants from putting on a show.

the walls of Jerusalem are full of wildflowers

the walls of Jerusalem are full of wildflowers

Onosma orientalis growing out of the city walls

Onosma orientalis growing out of the city walls

devistation at Jerusalem Botanic gardens

devistation at Jerusalem Botanic gardens

The introduced Oxalis pescaprae putting on a show

The introduced Oxalis pescaprae putting on a show

 

Almost the first thing we saw on entering the gardens was a display containing native israeli wildflowers.

Iris atropurpurea on display just inside the garden entrance

Iris atropurpurea on display just inside the garden entrance

Iris mariae our very own Oncocyclus iris in flower at Jerusalem Botanic gardens

Iris mariae, our very own Oncocyclus iris, in flower at Jerusalem Botanic gardens

 

Tulipa sylvestris

Tulipa sylvestris

 

Astragalus cretaceus

Astragalus cretaceus

peaonia mascula

peaonia mascula not yet in flower.

Salvia bractiata an extinct native being planted out in the garden having been rescued from oblivion.

Salvia bractiata an extinct native being planted out in the garden having been rescued from oblivion.

Salvia bractiata conservation bed

Salvia bractiata conservation bed

a very small plant with a big heap of hope, Salvia bractiata

a very small plant with a big heap of hope, Salvia bractiata

Narcissus tazetta the Israeli native Narcissus species

Narcissus tazetta the Israeli native Narcissus species

scilla hyacinthoides

scilla hyacinthoides

Iris atropurpurea

Iris atropurpurea

JERUSALEM

JERUSALEM

To be continued………