Icelandic treasure trove
|The Rock Garden at the Reykjavik Botanic Garden|
And I knew there was a botanic garden, so I made a beeline there. The rock garden held pride of place near the main entrance: there were many fine gardens there--all meticulously weeded, and wonderfully planted to unusual plants as well as the Standard Fare of European botanic gardens. This garden is well worth a visit during the growing season: I'd love to go back in May to see the Adonis (they have a fabulous collection of species) in full bloom as well as early alpines, and later in the summer as well...below is just a smattering of the hundreds of superb alpines in bloom in late June. I wish I could show them all! Most were well labeled and all were superbly grown.
The entrance sign board...
Usually considered a variant of the circumboreal A. multifida any more...we've grown a much larger flowered plant under this name. This could be from Colorado!
|Aquilegia aff alpina|
|Aquilegia flabellata f. alba|
|Paeonia anomala, elder and tulips|
There are wonderful vegetable, woodland and perennial gardens as well--but this vignette shall suffice for now: Amazing how everything is in bloom at once--with peonies and tulips making it into midsummer! Iceland is definitely worth the visit! Next time, Akureyri where there is another ambitious botanic garden!