Botanizing in Dublin, Ireland

You might not think there would be much active plant life in Ireland this time of year, especially after the hardest, snowiest, coldest winter in Europe in many years.  But Dr. Shear found a few examples.  The hills around Dublin Bay had some blooming gorse, shown in the photo below.  Gorse is an incredibly aggressive, very spiny plant that is native to Ireland but has taken over many acres as forests were reduced.

Even in Temple Bar, Dublin’s “Fun Centre,” an organization called Guerrilla Gardening had brightened the scene by planting primroses in a pothole where some cobblestones had broken away.

Things were better at the Royal Botanical Garden, where the colorful bark of an Arbutus tree gave some relief from gray skies.

In the famous Curvilinear Conservatory, tropical Rhododendrons were in full bloom.  Unlike our native species, these Rhododendrons from southeast Asia grow as epiphytes, rooting in moss on the trunks of trees.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *