Blooming in March
Following the restrictions established by the government of the Republic of Estonia, the indoor facilities of Tallinn Botanic Garden (the Palm House and the greenhouses) are closed. The outdoor premises of the botanical garden are open from 11.00 to 16.00 every day.
The plants that bloom in the Palm House in March are the Mediterranean dwarf palm (Chamaerops humilis), Ophiopogon jaburan, and the beautiful golden plume Schaueria calytricha.
The subtropical greenhouse in March offers a display of blossoming bush lily (Clivia miniata), the ´Citrina´ bush lily variety with yellow flowers, African wintersweet (Acocanthera oblongifolia), small-leaved kowhai (Sophora microphylla), wire-netting bush (Corokia cotoneaster), river oak (Casuarina cunninghamiana), scrub beefwood (Stenocarpus salignus), woolly bush (Adenanthos sericeus), Hakea trineura, blue flax-lily (Dianella caerulea), yellow kangaroo paw (Anigozanthos flavidus) and others. The Mediterranean plants blooming in March are Echium webbii, tree heather (Erica arborea), Madeira cranesbill (Geranium maderense), common gorse (Ulex europaeus) and others. New cones start growing on the Mediterranean cypress (Cupressus sempervirens). The Chinese and Japanese plants that blossom in March are peacock orchid (Pleione), nandina (Nandina domestica), Rhaphiolepis umbellata, marlberry (Ardisia japonica), Japanese camellia (Camellia japonica), etc.
The northern greenhouses are home to the collections of succulents as well as rainforest plants and tropical flora. Those to blossom in March are Indian clock vine (Thunbergia mysorensis), the chenille plant (Acalypha hispida), Heliconia stricta, ´Mauna Loa Supreme´ peace lily (Spathiphyllum), ´Domino´ peace lily (Spathiphyllum), flamingo flower (Anthurium andreanum), pigtail plant (Anthurium scherzerianum), metal palm tree (Chamaedorea metallica), Dorstenia elata, moth orchids (Phalaenopsis), bleeding heart vine (Clerodendrum thomsoniae), Thunbergia affinis, Begonia deliciosa, beefsteak begonia (Begonia xerythrophylla), etc.
The collection contains such important tropical edible plants as jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus), mango (Mangifera indica), rice (Oryza sativa), Musa acuminata banana plant, pineapple (Ananas comosus), true cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum), ginger (Zingiber officinale), Saccharum officinarum sugarcane, Arabian coffee (Coffea arabica), the cacao tree (Theobroma cacao), the coconut tree (Cocos nucifera), snake fruit palm (Salacca zalacca), cotton plant (Gossypium), the cherimoya (Annona cherimola), black pepper (Piper nigrum), saw palmetto (Serenoa repens), Bixa orellana, and many others.
The succulent greenhouse in March offers a display of blooming blue throatwort (Trachelium caeruleum), crown of thorns (Euphorbia milii), the ´Little Prince´ variety of king protea (Protea cynaroides), etc.
Text: Urmas Laansoo
Photos: Sille Janson