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Diamond Botanical Gardens, Soufriere, St Lucia

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Just a few pictures of the lovely botanical gardens. They look so different this year, compared to last time we visited 10 years ago. In October 2010 St Lucia was hit by Hurricane Thomas, the worst Hurricane in living memory. At the time, friends of ours were here on their honeymoon! Anyway, the gardens were virtually destroyed, but within four weeks, they were cleared and open again to the public…and yet the locals seem to move so slowly!! :))

Pink Torch Ginger Lilies. The flower stems are up to 5’tall, the leaves up to 15’ tall.

My favourite flower on this holiday…Heliconia

The story of Hurricane Thomas and the destruction to the gardens…

The sulphur spring stream, no paddling allowed! There are mud baths though, further out of town but near the drive-through volcano. There are lovely clean mineral baths at these gardens which we bathed in for an extra fee, and they make wonderful sulphur soap from the volcanic sulphur too. It is excellent for eczema, rashes, insect bites etc.

Cocoa Pods. Now, if I were an ancient Aztec and saw these I think I would suspect they held something special…but the process to extract the cocoa is so complicated, I don’t know how they worked out how to do it! And how on earth did we ever get to Dairy Milk from this? ;))

The Diamond Falls…no bathing allowed!

A lovely white Begonia. I would like one like this for my Conservatory!

Now, here are the flowers of Papaya Palm. Amazing that such a big fruit comes from such a tiny flower!

Palms being slowly strangled!

Near to the Garden is a Restaurant in an old Plantation House, where we called for lunch. It is owned by a member of the same family that owns the Botanic Garden. It is called ‘The Still’ and this is the old Rum Still outside the front door. There is no sugar cane grown on the Island nowadays, so the remaining Rum Distillery has to import it’s raw material……disappointing!

I hope you enjoyed your glimpse of the gardens and waterfalls. We went on a Sunday so it was very quiet and there were no ‘guides’ touting for business, only a sole bead trader outside the front gates. Soufriere is definitely my favourite town on the Island. It has great character and is so beautiful! Not at all over-developed either, so you see the real St Lucia in this part of the Island. Worth the hour and a half of hairpin bends to get there!

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It looks amazing Karen you look as if you had such a wonderful holiday:)

25 Jan, 2012

 

Oh yes, it was Nana d. Thank you so much!

25 Jan, 2012

 

Amazing pics Karen - that's a real beautiful place - real shame about the hurricane back then - picked up very well. Great holiday for you :)))))))))))))

25 Jan, 2012

 

Thanks Paul...can you believe it...we had two weeks in St Lucia and it is STILL January!!! ;)))))

25 Jan, 2012

 

Lovely blog and photographs, interesting as well.

25 Jan, 2012

 

Lovely luscious plants. Looks like paradise there. And now you have all these wonderful pictures to remind you of this lovely place.

25 Jan, 2012

 

Thank you everyone, yes, very lucky and yes, lots of great memories....though not the hairpin bends which are awful! :))

25 Jan, 2012

 

A wonderful place,Karen..and some gorgeous plants..I like to take pics of information boards too..nice to be able to link them with the photos..you have a lot to look back on,of your special holiday..I really enjoyed the visit :o)

25 Jan, 2012

 

Glad you enjoyed it Bloomer! :)

25 Jan, 2012

 

Love the Lilies Karen.

25 Jan, 2012

 

Beautiful pictures Karen, amazing how much work must have gone into bringing it back to its former glory in such a short time, paradise :-))

25 Jan, 2012

 

That looks a lovely place to be Karen...what a wonderful time you must have had there....

26 Jan, 2012

 

What a wonderful place - and what dedication of the staff to clear up so quickly after such an awful disaster! Lovely photos - I covet that white begonia too! :o)

26 Jan, 2012

 

Good to see the poster of the Amazona versicolor.
Let's hope their numbers increase as people plant more trees.

26 Jan, 2012

 

Yes, let's hope so TT!

26 Jan, 2012

 

Lovely photo's you are a lucky lady going on holiday there :-))

26 Jan, 2012

 

Stunning flowers - beautiful gardens, hard to imagine how they could get them back at all after Hurrican Tomas, amazing. Looks so beautiful - like the Pink Torch Ginger Lillies, really pretty have a look of Astrantia about them.

26 Jan, 2012

 

I am Sharnford, but then this Island has a special place in both of our hearts since we honeymooned there. This was actually our 5th visit to the island. Its the atmosphere and the friendliness of the people that attract us as much as the phyiscal beauty of the place. This visit was great because we weren't all inclusive and visited new places and spoke more to the local people. When we learned about their local food and drink and started asking for them in cafes and restaurants, they were so obviously thrilled to have us asking for their local produce.....it was touching!

Mum, I know, how did they do it....but everything grows so fast in the Tropics doesn't it...all that moisture from the rainforest and heat from the sun (hard to believe it the same sun as here!)..everything must just shoot up. Some of the bamboos grow about 6" a day there.

26 Jan, 2012

 

Lovely blog Karen

26 Jan, 2012

 

:) Thanks Sheilar!

26 Jan, 2012

 

Pitty you didn't see any CACTI there. I know how much you love them - not !

28 Jan, 2012

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