Sunday, March 09, 2008

Bahia Palace In Marrakech, Morocco


This tall poinsettia was growing in the garden of the Bahia Palace in Marrakech. It must have been 15' tall. A far cry from our little Christmas plants! As a grower of houseplants in a northern climate, I find it very amusing to travel to these plant's native lands and see the plant as it is meant to grow.

Banana Flower

A single large flower grows at the bottom of the string of fruit. I looked up banana flower on Google Images and it seems they are quite spectacular when open.

I am surprised that they point upwards rather than down. Moroccan bananas are smaller than what we get in North American grocery stores.

Interior of Bahia Palace

Every square inch of the walls were intensively decorated in this palace that is just over a hundred years old. The rooms vary in size according to the importance of each wife or concubine.

A fountain with floating rose petals

On our way to the palace we spied this fountain in the courtyard of a restaurant. The water was flowing and the sound was lovely. It was magical. Marrakech has thousands of roses planted in the parks of the city, particularly on the way to the airport.


Blogger kate smudges said...

It was good to see this poinsettia growing with abandon and not forced in a greenhouse. I like this way better!

The fountain with rose petals in gorgeous.

Those are cool bananas... I would have thought, like you, that they grow the other way round. The flower is a lovely colour.

4:41 a.m.  
Anonymous Blue Fox said...

I love the rose petal fountain - I've heard that the gardens in Morocco and other places are fabulous, but somehow you don't picture roses!

7:33 a.m.  
Blogger Cabs said...

Wonderful pictures! Thanks for sharing. Oh to be in a warm pace on a day like today!

1:13 p.m.  

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