Lisbon – SoS

I had to tear myself away from my own garden projects this week to spend a delightful couple of days in Lisbon. A beautiful city with Portuguese Tarts on every corner.

1) We selected a house with a courtyard garden so I write this happily sitting under a huge avocado, a lime tree and a Japanese medler wondering at the climbing Asparagus fern with its spiny branches.

2) Botanical Garden of Lisbon

These gardens are hidden in the centre of the city and currently the glass houses are closed for refurbishment. There are many mature trees and an impressive dry garden but generally the gardens feel run down and in need of love and investment.

Incredible Swiss cheese plant

One of the many huge agaves

3) This exotic tree on a street in Lisbon stopped me in my tracks, still trying to find out what it is.

4) The Cold Glasshouse located in Parque Eduardo VII, has about 1.5 hectares of glass houses that are unheated but are far from cold. They are completely wonderful and only just over 3 euros entrance fee.

5) Another Swiss Cheese plant, I bought one of these for our sitting room last week never imagining I would see so many of them in Lisbon

6) Devil’s backbone (Kalanchoe daigremontiana). It is always a thrill to see a plant you nurture on your kitchen windowsill casually growing outside with little if any love.

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3 Replies to “Lisbon – SoS”

  1. I so appreciate your sacrifice, going to Lisbon to bring us these really wonderful photos. Lots & lots of good foliage everywhere you looked. Would love to know what that tree was.


  2. I think the tree is Ceiba speciosa, not that I know it. It looked like a Hibiscus flower, which is mallow family so I Googled mallow family trees. Common name is Silk Floss Tree. Swiss Cheese plant looks like it could be a menace in the right climate.


    1. Thank you so much, that is very impressive detective work. The Swiss cheese plants were massive growing up and over walls that were 12 ft high and then climbing even further in to trees.


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