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Field Notes: Amaryllis

The name Amaryllis is a popular term given to several genera such as Hippeastrum, Zephyranthes, Sprekelia and Amaryllis, all of which are well-known ornamental garden plants. In Bermuda, the plants referred to as Amaryllis are mostly hybrids of the Hippeastrum. There are many varieties with beautiful large flowers, either red, white or striped red and white. The flowers are usually born, two to four together on a stout stem. In addition to the hybrids, there are three species cultivated here…


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Ignoble Invasives

Gardeners and conservationists have been noticing a growing problem in Bermuda—the spread of the accidentally introduced invasive balloon vine (Cardiospermum grandiflorum) which is scrambling its insidious way across the island, from Wreck Road in Sandys to Paget Marsh, from Orange…


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Cool Pools

Looking for a little inspiration to beat the summer heat? Even if one can only dream, these real pools belonging to locals are a treat to the eyes on a hot summers day! Harbourside Infinity Pool Type: Infinity pool Square…


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Field Notes: The India-Rubber Tree

Of the introduced trees, which have found Bermuda to be an ideal environment, the India-rubber tree is undoubtedly the most conspicuous and probably commands more attention than most of the others. The gigantic limbs, the large leaves and the amazing…


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Adventures with the Audobon Experts

When the Bermuda Audubon Society announced a guided visit to Sears Cave in Smith’s Parish last March, Mike and I knew we had to go. We both remembered how one Saturday during the late 1980s we had fruitlessly wandered up,…

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Field Notes: The Calla Lily

The Calla Lily of horticulturalists and the so-called Calla Lily of gardens is known botanically as Zantedeschia aethiopica. Originally this plant was named Calla aethiopica, later on its name was changed to Richardia Africana, but it was discovered by further…