Sunday, August 17, 2008

St. George Village Botanical Garden- Part 2

Let us pick up right where we left off.

From the blacksmith we cross the street to view the Painkiller Tree. Sometimes also called the Starvation Apple. As a last resort, it was eaten during times of famine. A last resort, because of the horrible odor it has. If you touch the leaves, the smell is really difficult to get off of you. If you touch the fruit, it's even harder and the smell is worse. However, extract from the fruit is sold as Noni. I put some Noni oil on Farmboys really, really bad sunburn and it seemed to work wonders... he said all the pain went away!


Here is the Breadfruit Tree.


Next we come into the Sugar and Rum Factory ruins.




















And every now and then, you come across a strongman holding the walls up.


Inside the ruins are three small gardens. The Aloe & Sansevieria Garden...








the Bromeliad Garden. This Spanish Moss looks like mermaid hair.












This one reminds me of faeries.


And the Cactus & Succulent Garden.



















Now we'll cross the bridge...


admire the Flamboyant Tree...











walk down the Royal Palm Avenue (which we don't have pictures of) to the old Danish Cemetery.











We are going to stop there. I've been working on this post for forever (remember the picture issue?) and then just as I finished it, I lost more than half of it. It was saved, but disappeared into oblivion anyway. We'll finish it up in the next post. I'm going to go find a Farmboy to rub my shoulders now.

Hope the rest of your weekend is a beautiful one!

7 comments:

Diane said...

Alisa, the pictures are just beautiful. It's hard to imagine ruins in a country that hasn't been around for eons like over in Europe. They're beautiful as the vegetation overtakes them!
Diane

Brenda Kula said...

I love the breadfruit, the cacti, and that one you said looked like a faerie. I thought it resembled a splayed-out frog!
Brenda

Whitney Johnson said...

It's all really gorgeous! Thanks for taking all these pics and sharing them - I've never seen some of these plants before.

Lori said...

beautiful...what an amazing variety of plant~life!!! i love that curly~leafed one that you said reminded you of faeries...it looks so pretty and dainty!!!

Allie said...

Such beautiful, flowering vegetation......how could you even think about coming back home to our brown, brown grass of Texas? You're right, that plant did look like it belonged in a faerie world. Teachers started back to school today....you know how that goes....long day of reviewing data, etc......your blog took me away from all of that for a few minutes.....Thank you for the uplifting get away!
~Allie

Steph said...

Thanks for visiting my blog Alisa...these pictures are beautiful! Well worth the all the mess you've had to go through to share them...

Steph

Sherry said...

You've got a little of everything here -- a smelly fruit (I have heard of Noni, but I'm not sure why that is!) and breadfruit which I do know...and every ruins needs a strongman to hold it up -- does thsi have anything to do with the "demon rum"?!? lol!!! Great photos Alisa!!!