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Dave's Garden Articles: By Jean-Jacques Segalen

Friday, September 12, 2014

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Revisiting Le Jardin des Plantes de Nantes
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Today we going to enjoy another garden, this time in Brittany. The city of Nantes lays some 340km west of Paris, on the shore of the large river Loire, some 50km from the Atlantic Ocean. It is one of the main cities of Brittany where I happened to wander around this summer.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

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Old stones and Hydrangea
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Brittany ("Bretagne" in French and "Breizh" in Britton) is the western-most part of France, a place whose name calls to mind several images for the French; rough sea, apple-cider, crêpes, erect stones and rainy weather.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

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The Anse des Cascades: Waterfall Coves
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Should I translate the title for you? All right, we are strolling today through the "waterfalls cove," a very nice spot on Reunion where I happened to spend a few days recently.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

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This Season’s Fruit: Citrus
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

It is Austral winter again in the Southern hemisphere which means cooler weather, shorter days, less rains and colorful Citrus fruits on market stalls. Oranges, lemons, grapefruits, shaddocks and Kaffir limes, let us have a good dose of Vitamin C!

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

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Climbing and pruning grass, are you kidding?
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Yes, another unique article by Jean-Jacques, I am inviting you today with me on a very special logging site as we will be taking down plants from the Gramineae family using chainsaws and climbing ropes!

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Monday, May 19, 2014

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The Botanical Garden of Mascarins
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Previously, I introduced the CBNM as the place where our most recent arborists' challenge took place. Let me take you for a visit in this large and nice garden.

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Friday, May 2, 2014

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The Second Arborists' Challenge in the Indian Ocean
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Yes fellow readers, already one year has gone since the first arborists’ event and you can now enjoy my report regarding the second one which recently took place.

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

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Down Under, Though Not in Oz…
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Strange title I agree but if I had used ‘under the volcano’ one would have imagined I was plagiarizing Malcolm Lowry’s novel... Actually today’s hike is not for the faint-hearted, or lazy. We are going underground through lava tunnels!

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

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A Refreshing Walk on Upland Reunion Island
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

As the weather is still quite warm at this time of the year I thought you would enjoy a refreshing walk in the highlands of Reunion, so we are going today to Argamasse.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

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This Season’s Tree: Cassia fistula.
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

After the glorious ‘flame of the forest’ (Delonix regia) which lit December’s article we are to enjoy another very decorative species but this time with yellow flowers.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

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A Charming Rat’s Nest
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Do not run away, we are not going to get entangled in a real rat’s nest. In fact, it is quite the opposite, as today is a pleasant stroll through a most wonderful tiny island off the Australian Western coast.

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Monday, February 10, 2014

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A promenade in Kings Park’s Botanical Garden.
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Yes, here comes the promenade you have been anxiously waiting for…after a stroll through the city of Perth, a tour of Kings Park, today we go and visit the Botanical Garden and enjoy the numerous plants collection set within.

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Friday, January 31, 2014

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Kings Park, Perth, Western Australia.
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

As you all know I always keep my promises, so today I will take you on a visit to Kings Park which I promised when I introduced the city of Perth. And thanks to Carrie you can now click on the images and get larger ones; enjoy!

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Monday, January 20, 2014

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A Blue and Green City: Perth, Western Australia
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

One often gets images of yellow and red sands or grey kangaroos and brown koalas when the name Australia is heard but the images I brought back are green and blue.

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

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Lambrequins and cornices, scroll-sawn brackets or gingerbread trim?
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Although my articles usually take the readers on trails, up trees, down gullies or into street markets, today will be slightly different. No flowers, leaves, bark, juicy fruits or breath-taking hikes, we are to focus on a specific ornamentation of Creole architecture, namely lambrequins.

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Monday, December 16, 2013

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This season's tree: Delonix regia
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

As I live in the Southern hemisphere right by the Capricornus tropic, the oncoming of the year's end means we are in summer and summer is announced by a very special tree which we will get to know today.

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

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Le cirque de Mafate revisited
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

I took you on a tour to Mafate four years ago and as you enjoyed it a lot and I had promised we would go back, here we are again on the trails and paths of Reunion.

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

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Pruning the Sacred Tree: Blasphemy or Necessity?
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

As a tree surgeon I was recently confronted with a dilemma: being asked to prune a Ficus benghalensis which is a sacred tree in many countries, but was a threat for pupils so I had to make a decision…

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

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Let us go to the market!
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

I usually take my readers to natural settings or historical places when not in a garden tour but of course I also have to eat every once in a while, so this morning we will be going to the street market in Saint-Pierre.

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Monday, October 14, 2013

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The large glasshouses of the Jardin des Plantes
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

The Jardin des Plantes is probably unknown to many readers and even so to some inhabitants of Paris where it is found but as a former Parisian and plant-lover I did spend quite a few hours there and recently had a chance to visit the recently renewed glasshouses which I invite you to visit with me today.

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Monday, September 30, 2013

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Colourful Ireland, Part 2
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Recently, I took us to Ireland (where I was lucky enough to travel this summer and introduced you to the many colours of this country which is not restricted to the sole green of clove leaves. The attention was brought on colours in nature, from flowers to landscape and sheep so today’s article will take you into cities and towns where colours are vivid.

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Monday, September 16, 2013

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An Introduction to Colourful Ireland
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

This year my shoes walked me to Ireland which is often regarded by Europeans as a green rainy country inhabited by friendly stout beer drinkers but it appears that green is not the only color to be enjoyed there.

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

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The Gardens of Versailles
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Many people will know about Versailles, one of the highlight points of a visit to France but although most visitors will wander through the palace and enjoy the perfume of history they may miss the gardens. On the opposite, as I was in Paris this summer I skipped the palace and strolled through the gardens which I invite you discover with me.

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Sunday, August 11, 2013

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Some Tropical Fruits You Won't Find at Your Corner Store
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

The word ‘tropical fruits’ usually refers to those fruits which are now an everyday sight in temperate countries such as bananas, mangoes, papayas, pineapples and so forth. But the famous prodigality of tropical flora produces much more delicious goodies which will usually be found only on local markets in exotic countries.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

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Strolling Along the Sentier de la Vierge
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Today I will take you with me on a trail in uplands Reunion, namely the ‘sentier de la Vierge’ which stands for ‘Virgin Mary’s Trail’ where we will enjoy a nice view upon Salazie circus as well as numerous natural encounters, mostly botanical ones of course…

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

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The First-Ever Arborists' Challenge in the Indian Ocean!
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Yes, it is all in the title…readers who have greedily enjoyed my past articles know that I live on Reunion Island (hence in the Indian Ocean) and that one of my activities is tree surgery, therefore I am an arborist and I enjoy challenges, so let us get closer to the thing!

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

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The Mascareignes Archipelago
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

This is an introductory article on a rather unknown area of the world. The Mascareignes consist of three islands ; Reunion, which is a French department 10000km from Paris, Mauritius, which was British until its independency in 1968, and Rodrigue which belongs to Mauritius. Small dots in the Ocean but full of wonders!

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Monday, April 8, 2013

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The Death of a Coconut Tree
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

The well-educated readers of Dave’s Garden will of course notice that this title is a clear reference to DH Lawrence essay’s ‘Reflections on the death of a porcupine’ which has always greatly inspired me…but of course it will be about the end of one of this tropical marvel, the coconut tree.

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

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Chameleo Pardalis, Our Local Garden Panther
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

You might think from reading the title that I live in Africa and have panthers in my garden. I am sorry to disappoint you but I live on Reunion Island (pretty close to Africa!) and the panther is actually a chameleon, so let me introduce you to this intriguing creature.

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Friday, February 8, 2013

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This Season’s Fruit: Cherries for Christmas - and Beyond
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Yes, we did enjoy delicious juicy sweet cherries for Christmas and although we are now into the new year, we still indulge daily in those great fruits.

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

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Discover the Equatorial France: The French Guiana
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

French Guiana (Guyane Française) is one of the four French over-sea departments scattered around the world together with Reunion Island (where I live) in the Indian Ocean, Martinique and Guadeloupe (both are also islands) in the West Indies. As I was given the chance to visit the place last month I thought you may want to join and discover this fascinating and poorly known part of the world.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

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Mauritius, the dodo island
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Mauritius is one of the three islands composing the Mascareignes archipelago, both Reunion island and Rodrigues island have been introduced in former articles so this third one will complete the series.

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

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Exotic food, guess what?
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Exotic food ; a very special treat from Reunion island. French people are well known for enjoying weird food such as frog legs and snails but here on Reunion Island one of the topmost delicacies is fried wasp larva…

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

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Mayotte, l'île aux parfums.
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Mayotte Island is part of the Comoros archipelago, a small group of four islands set between Northwestern Madagascar and the coast of Tanzania/Mozambique, at the Northern entry of the Mozambique channel. It belongs to France and has some interesting fauna and flora so let’s explore it together!

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

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Nosy Be, another hidden paradise in the Indian Ocean
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Nosy Be is a quite small island, though its name in Malagasy means ‘the big island’. And indeed, even if it remains restricted in terms of surface, it is as big as the inhabitant's smiles and full of wonders hidden here and there. We’ll get there for a short visit.

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Friday, September 7, 2012

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Moon-walking on Reunion, a trip to the Piton de la Fournaise.
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

I can see some eyebrows raising as you read the title but do not worry, this article is not related to Michael Jackson and his dancing. We will be going for a walk on Reunion’s active volcano but we will stay at safe distance from the fumes and lava…

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Friday, August 24, 2012

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Le Domaine du café grillé, revisited
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

We joined not long ago in order to visit a great though rather young ethno-botanical garden on Reunion Island and had to interrupt the visit to satisfy empty stomachs so here we are again to continue the visit.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

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Le Domaine du café grillé, an unexpected oasis in a harsh place.
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Today’s visit will take us to a botanical garden on Reunion Island, very different from the one we visited previously as this one is set in Pierrefonds, in the South-Western part of the island. Pierrefonds is quite harsh and if one drives rapidly by, he will mostly see sun-scorched boulders and yellowing grasses. But follow me and you will see how this is only a facade!

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

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The sweet reed
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Most of us use sugar daily, either directly from the sugar-bowl or as an additive in many foods, some of it comes from sugar beets but most is from sugar cane, so lets have a closer look at this one plant.

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Monday, June 18, 2012

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A walk to remember: to the Biberon waterfall
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

Today’s article will take us on a promenade (that's French for walk or stroll) to a nice waterfall in Plaine des Palmistes, an area on the Eastern side of Reunion Island.

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