This month our recommendations are brought to you by Brandon George, intern at the Jerusalem Botanical Garden
Spring has arrived in Jerusalem and in the garden you will find an abundance of trees and wildflowers in bloom. Now is an excellent time to capture the fleeting flowers of Apple and Pear trees in blossom and of course the field of Lupins. Here are a few highlights to see right now;
In the Central Asian section of the garden you will find fields of blue Lupinus pilosus underneath Malus sp. and the flowering Pyrus syriaca. In addition find and touch the velvety and unusual flowers of Eremostachys laciniata seen above.
Chasmanthe floribunda flowers have emerged with spikes of orange red attracting the Palestine Sunbird with its long tubular flowers. You may be lucky enough to see it.
In the South African section this is an incredible display of flowering plants, many of which are in the Daisy family (Asteraceae) such as Arctotis shown here.
The shallow Pond in the Canary Island Mediterranean section has many plants from the Aster family in bloom along with Lavandula canariensis as shown.
Finally, in the European section be sure to see the brightly colored Nemesia strumosa planted here for its long bloom time and variety of colors along with Anemones, Digitalis, and many other flowering perennials and annuals.