On the roof of the garden’s eighteenth century orangery, a herring gull. Growing up its wall, a Maule’s quince plant. Famous naturalist Von Siebold brought this plant, the oldest Maule’s quince in the Netherlands, from Japan in the nineteenth century.
The axolotls are no longer in their terrarium in the hothouse. Given away, as caring for them was too complex.
The giant Australian stick insects are still in the other hothouse, but difficult to spot. The inhabitants are still present in the two hothouse aquariums, one for small fish, the other one for bigger fish; but the signs naming the species are gone. As the species sometimes change, probably the new signs are not ready yet.
Not far from the hothouses, these yellow crocuses; attracting honeybees.
And these orangeish-yellow Edgeworthia tomentosa flowers; with a palm tree in the background.
Scores of jackdaws fly overhead, calling.
On the hill near the source of the stream, these purple crocuses, besides many winter aconite flowers.
And these Siberian squill flowers.
In the canal, a swimming moorhen.
On a branch next to the canal, a female chaffinch.
January 2020: now, giant owl butterflies in that hothouse.
Stay tuned, as on 24 February, we went back to the botanical garden!