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Pelargonium

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Pelargonium is a genus of flowering plants which includes about 200 species of perennials, succulents, and shrubs, commonly known as geraniums (in the United States also storksbills). The name Pelargonium was introduced by Johannes Burman in 1738, from the Greek πελαργός, pelargós (stork), because the seed head looks like a stork's beak.

Pelargonium species are evergreen perennials indigenous to Southern Africa. The first species of Pelargonium was probably brought to the Botanical Garden in Leiden before 1600 on ships which stopped at the Cape of Good Hope.
The chemist, John Dalton, first realized that he was color blind in 1794 when he heard others describe the color of the flowers of the pink (Pelargonium zonale), as pink or red, when to him it looked either pink or blue, having no relationship to red at all.

Some species are extremely popular garden plants in Poland.

 (Source: Wikipedia)

Partnach Gorge

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The Partnach Gorge (German: Partnachklamm) is a deep gorge that has been incised by a mountain stream, the Partnach, in the Reintal valley near the Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Bavaria (Germany). The gorge is 702 metres long and, in places, over 80 metres deep.

The Partnach originates at the Reintalanger alp and is the natural discharge of the Schneeferner, a vestige of an ice-age glacier at the Zugspitz plateau. Partenkirchen, part of the town Garmisch-Partenkirchen, became its name from the river. The name Partnach consits of two words: the IndoGerman designation for passage, gateway: "portn" and the old High-German: "aha" (equal to "Ache") which means watercourse.


Since 1912 the gorge has been developed for tourists and can be visited all year round. The path through the gorge runs right next to the water. This is the path that was used by lumberjacks, hunters and rangers in the past. The gorge can be passed by an iron bridge situated above the river whi…

Citrus fruits

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The biggest attractions at this time of the year in the Warsaw area are the Botanical Gardens of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Powsin on the southern outskirts of Warsaw. Visitors to the gardens can see exotic plants. Among them are tropical economic plants like Citrus taxa, Arabian coffee or Chinese tee. The greenhouse complex with collections of citrus fruit is open for visitors.


ABC Wednesday

Time of blooming Rhododendrons

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Rhododendron is a genus of more than thousand species of woody plants in the heath family, either evergreen or deciduous, and found mainly in Asia. It is the national flower of Nepal. The name come from Ancient Greek words ῥόδον rhódon "rose" and δένδρον déndron "tree". Rhododendrons are spectacular garden shrubs grown for their clusters of Spring blooming, bell-shaped flowers and attractive evergreen foliage. Rhododendrons are broadly classified into 6 main categories. These are Elipidote Rhododendrons, Lepidote Rhododendrons, Species Rhododendrons, Vireya Rhododendrons, Evergreen Azaleas and Deciduous Azaleas. Azaleas make up two subgenera of Rhododendron. They are distinguished from "true" rhododendrons by having only five anthers per flower. Colorful Rhododendrons are blooming right now at the Botanical Garden of Polish Academy of Science in Powsin near Warsaw. This amazing spectacle of colors will last just for a few weeks. 



Mountains are burning #2

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Mountains are burning

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Mountains are burning, forests are burning in pre-evening fog  Sun is rolling through steep slope of a day... 
[Red Guitars - "Mountains are burning, forests are burning", Text: Janusz Kondratowicz]
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