Life is Good in the Greenhouse

Urbino’s Botanical Gardens have been in existence for around 200 years. They are now managed by the University and have beds of flowers and herbs with medicinal properties amongst the horticultural treasures.

Leaving the bustling city behind, we stepped inside….

Urbino: botanical gardens

It’s an oasis of shade in the heat of the day….

Urbino: botanical gardens

A cool, calm paradise….

Urbino: botanical gardens

Miniature oriental parasols….

Urbino: botanical gardens

But beware the carnivorous corner: behind the wire, waiting, watching for prey….

Urbino: botanical gardens

Beware the pointed thorns….

Urbino: botanical gardens

And the cacti – spiky, spooky, sharp….

Urbino: botanical gardens

Handle this heart – like all hearts – with care….

Urbino: botanical gardens - handle this heart with care!

Like weapons of war….

Urbino: botanical gardens

Like palm trees….

Urbino: botanical gardens

Like sea urchins, crowned with light….

Urbino: botanical gardens

There are flowers too: some beautiful….

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….and others disguising their thorns behind delicate, blood-red blooms….

Urbino: botanical gardens

And flowers that seem more leaf than flower….

Urbino: botanical gardens

Urbino: botanical gardens

Leaves veined in impossibly bright pink….

Urbino: botanical gardens

Berries: shiny red and green baubles….

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Urbino: botanical gardens

Bark – a particular favourite of mine – landscapes of texture, colour, pattern….

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Here and there are signs that someone works here…sometimes….

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Urbino: botanical gardens

Everywhere, an air of neglect….

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….and decay….

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Flashes of colour….

Urbino: botanical gardens

…and mostly monochrome….

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4 thoughts on “Life is Good in the Greenhouse

  1. Ali

    Fascinating as always! I particularly liked the “palm trees” – while not in the slightest bit green fingered, I have raised one of these (called – unimaginatively – “Spike”!) which currently resides in my Mum’s conservatory, having outgrown my windowsill. I have never seen its like anywhere so thank you for finding one!

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    1. maryshoobridge Post author

      Pleased you enjoyed it. I rather like “spike”; it may lack a little in the imagination stakes but it describes it perfectly. Xx

      Sent from my iPad

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