Aloe, Aloe

9 May

A little late with this perhaps but welcome if you’ve come here from my post on the Guardian gardening blog.

If you haven’t read the post but would like to debate the merits of native/indigenous gardening both in Britain and South Africa,  you can join the fun here.

The picture of the quiver tree (Aloe dichotoma) was taken at the South African garden currently on display outside the British Museum.  As I’ve said in the Guardian bit, it was a little strange seeing South African plants against a backdrop of cabs, buses and the ornate architecture of the Museum itself.

The garden is, however, part of theme:  last year plants from the Indian subcontinent were featured in what appears to be a regular collaboration between Kew and the Museum.  You can read more about their efforts here.


2 Responses to “Aloe, Aloe”

  1. Michael May 9, 2010 at 9:40 pm #

    Love that picture! Makes me think of a snake rearing its head.

    • Vivienne May 11, 2010 at 8:50 am #

      Snakes give me the heebie-jeebies but thank you for the compliment! There are tons of species of aloe and they do make great subjects.

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