does Anyone know too what it is. However, the anticyclone of the Azores (is there another?) has the merit, in every weather, to remind us that there is, somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic ocean, this chain of nine islands. Symbol of the archipelago in Portuguese, in spite of its asian origins, the hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla) jumps to the eyes from the exit of the plane. Generous, these huge, white balls and blue paint the meadows, according to a plan that seems well-established. And for good reason! These shrubs are used to delineate the agricultural parcels where grazing cows, to much dairy.

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Here, the less public space vegetated is treated with care by the communities. The rest areas along the coasts are as many amazing places as opportunities for gardeners to express their creativity. On the main island, Sao Miguel, the belvedere of Ponta do Sossego is without doubt one of the most beautiful expressions. Azaleas, daffodils, palm trees and camellias are raised in a public garden of about 13,000 m2. Embracing the natural shapes of the rock, it leads, corner nook, by a subtle set of stairs, to a view on the ocean.

0mniprésents, the bushes of hydrangea are used to delineate the agricultural parcels. Guillaume Mollaret

In this splendid park, the notion of panorama is misleading, because the paths through it are worth as much seeing that the final view promised. And as the Azores are not invaded by tourists, including in the heart of the summer, no one feels pressed to regain his automobile. This gazebo has been designed in such a way that it leaves discover on the way to the return of species that had not been seen at the go. Better: under the drizzle, he went to red earth to give a particular sparkle to hedges of boxwood carved with the square and the flower beds in a diamond of daisies, roses and dahlias scattered on the lawns.

Humid, the islands of the Azores are populated with mosses thick, forming a carpet snug. Water plays a prominent role. “Is often found in the gardens, the origin of which dates back to the Nineteenth century” , explains the university Isabel Soares de Albergaria, who works for a tourism development at the international landscape heritage exceptional. In the garden of Terra Nostra, the most visited of the archipelago (admission: € 6), a basin winds in the aisles. Created in 1862 by George Brown – author of many gardens on the island of Sao Miguel -, you can admire the Nymphoides peltata , also called false water lilies, as well as impressive, Victoria cruziana (tropical water lilies), the papyrus and lotus of the east.

plants of the world Massive pink India from the garden Terra Nostra. Guillaume Mollaret

At the crossroads of the worlds, the Azores, which were for a long time an obligatory step for the merchants, between Portugal and the american continent, are fed to inputs of plants from around the world that have adapted perfectly to its volcanic soil and the mildness of its climate. “The gardens are the pretext for the careful study and careful of the physiology of plants and their potential agronomic. They thus contribute to the implementation of an agriculture excellence! This is not by chance that the two largest public gardens created by the civil administration, Horta in 1857 and that of Angra in the 1880s, had pedagogical objectives and experimental: the garden dedicated to the public walk and the nursery experimental unite in a common desire for recreation and study,” , details Isabel Soares de Albergaria.

It is this same principle which guides the visitor to the lake of Furnas and the Mata-Jardim José do Canto, located a few kilometers from gardens of Terra Nostra. Near this body of water, botanist, considered one of the founding fathers of the art of gardens açoriens in the Nineteenth century, boisa some 600 hectares (!) with exotic species. Today, over 120 hectares, you can admire the giant redwood trees, huge tree ferns (Dicksonia antartica), of the green oaks giants, and even the chestnut trees that are not endemic to the archipelago. “The action of José do Canto has developed on several fronts: the acclimatization of exotic plants, especially tropical and subtropical, for the hybridization experiments, which allowed to create new cultivars for the enrichment of the collections, through the establishment of a well-organized network of exchanges on a global scale” , greet the university commonly served.

Spared by the pollution, visual and sound, the space remains in peace. In the thick mass forming the valley of the ferns, a cool wind penetrates the forest. It looks like the breath protector of an anticyclone.

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