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seasons

What better time of year than the date season to pay a visit to an arabian garden?

First comes water, the giver of life:

without which the sun's magic  rays just burn...

without which the sun’s magic rays just burn…

And next comes Phoenix dactylifera – the date palm…

the main cash crop...

the main cash crop…

… from which a bounteous harvest

varieties to suit all tastes

varieties to suit all tastes

…and artistic palettes

a calorific crescendo

a calorific crescendo

But man cannot live by dates alone…

Figs...

Figs…

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Pomegranates...

Pomegranates…

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Bananas...

Bananas…

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Mango...

Mango…

 

and to re-sharpen the taste buds…

Limes...

Limes…

… and something for a refreshing cup of tea!

Wild mint

Wild mint

Closer to heaven in a garden.

 

Though autumn storms rage

the tree grips the earth, grounded,

waiting for the spring

Acer campestre - field maple

Acer campestre – field maple

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Carpinus betulus - common hornbeam

Carpinus betulus – common hornbeam

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Chaemaecyparis lawsoniana - Lawson's cypress

Chaemaecyparis lawsoniana – Lawson’s cypress

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Fagus sylvatica - common beech

Fagus sylvatica – common beech

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Olea europaea - European olive

Olea europaea – European olive

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Platanus orientalis - the oriental plane

Platanus orientalis – the oriental plane

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Quercus - the Cambridge Oak. Thought to be a hybrid of Q. robur and Q. rugosa

Quercus – the Cambridge Oak. Thought to be a hybrid of Q. robur and Q. rugosa

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Sequoiadendron giganteum - the giant sequoia

Sequoiadendron giganteum – the giant sequoia

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Taxus baccata - the common yew

Taxus baccata – the common yew

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Zelkova carpinifolia - the caucasian zelkova

Zelkova carpinifolia – the caucasian zelkova

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unknown beauty at the arboretum Volcji Potok in Slovenia

unknown beauty at the arboretum Volcji Potok in Slovenia