Almost as soon as I found out I would be working in Jakarta and had done only the most basic research, I set my heart on a visit to Bogor's famed botanic gardens, the Kebun Raya.
The gardens, originally started by Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of Singapore, who was Governor General for a time, were expanded by Dutch botantist Professor Reinwardt and officially opened in 1817.
What could be more appropriate than to share Bogor's botanic bounty on Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day?
|The Presidential Palace|
|Lotus Nelumbo nucifera|
Given my blog header photo, or, if a more frequent visitor, my oft-professed love of waterlilies and water features, you won't be surprised to see that my first step once inside the gates was to head for the lily ponds, adjoining the Presidential palace.
Then, like a butterfly spoiled for choice, I just fluttered from one beauty to the next. What a feast for the senses!
|Tree fern frond|
|Wonderful epiphytes on this massive branch|
|Love the speckled flowers on this mystery shrub (below)|
|Spathyphyllum, cordylines, heliconia and banana and a glimpse of the red crown shafts of a pair of lipstick or sealing wax palms Cyrtostachys renda dead centre.|
|More epiphytes: crows nest ferns straddling a branch|
And still more water gardens... I was in heaven!
|A perfectly poised dragonfly|
|Love the spiky crimped edges on these waterlilies|
|Giant water lily Victoria Amazonica|
|I don't know the name of this water plant,but I love its delicate flowers. They are initially a mass of yellow stamens, but various visitors, like this butterfly, seem to knock them off, leaving a velvety green button instead.|
That's the end of the road for now. More from Bogor next post, and, to see what is happening in other gardens around the world, visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens, who hosts Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day on the 15th of each month.