August is here, and the blossom is scanty. Still, there is a lot to see in the garden, even with just few flowers. The recommended areas for hiking are the shaded areas, mainly in the Europe and Mediterranean sections. The best hours to visit are the afternoon hours, when the sun is getting lower.
Pay attention to the Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) trees on the main trail –apart from the nice shade and the beauty of the trees, you may spot some of its large white flowers, which are beautiful and impressive.
On the unpaved trail in the Australia section, you can enjoy several species of Eucalyptus and Acacia. Enjoy the shade when you look around!
We would like to draw your attention to the other tenants of the garden: the local birds and butterflies that enjoy the vegetation
In the pictures you can see the House Sparrow, the White-spectacled bulbul, the Eurasian Jay and the butterfly – Grass Jewel
In the Asia section, across the small bridge, you can find the Zagros mountains steppe forest where you can enjoy the shade of several oak trees: Lebanon Oak (Quercus libani), Mount Hermon Oak (Quercus look) and Persian Oak (Quercus brantii), together with East African Juniper (Juniperus procera). In this sub-section you can also see the fruit of the Pistacia vera – the pistachios.
Across the main route from this area, still in the Asia section, you can find the Anatolian Steppe forest, where you can enjoy the shade of Mount Atlas Pistache (Pistacia atlantica) trees.
Did you know that the peanuts mentioned in the Bible are the fruit of this tree? For what we call Peanuts nowadays come from an American plant, that was unavailable in our region in Biblical times.
Coming November, we will invite you to see the Sternbergia clusiana that will fill this area with bright yellow color. Meanwhile, if you’re lucky, you can meet the Chukar that lives here.
Still in the Anatolian Steppe forest, pay attention to the wonderful Oak trees – the Penduculate Oak, Quercus pedunculiflora, is already growing acorns.
Continue to the Mediterranean section, to the Canary pine forest subsection. The ascent to the vista point is shaded by the Canary Island Junipers, Juniperus cedrus, and the Canary Island Pine, Pinus canariensis. The vista point is certainly a nice place to stop in the shade, enjoy the light breeze and look around.
Yehuda Trail in the Mediterranean section passes through a Mediterranean evergreen woodland, and it is very inviting in this season. We can meet the Kermes Oak (Quercus calliprinos), the Cork Oak (Quercus suber), Judas Tree (Cercis siliquastrum), Spanish Broom (Spartium junceum) and more typical species for our region.
We can return through the pass going up near the western fence of the garden, in the Mediterranean section, the Eastern Mediterranean montane forest, where you can see some lovely trees, such as Quercus ithaburensis – Mount Tabor Oak. Pay special attention to one of the prettiest trees in the garden: the Golden Oak – Quercus alnifolia, with the leaves’ lower side covered golden-yellow felt. This cover reduces water-loss from the Stomata – the openings through which the plant breathes, but water also evaporate from these openings.
In the hot summer, the garden is a nice haven, a refuge from the heat. With shade, breeze and also nice blossoms. You are all welcome to visit the garden!