|Address:||Santa Fe Av. 3951. Bounded by Santa Fe Avenue, Las Heras Avenue and República Árabe Siria Street. 20 miles (31 km) northeast of Ezeiza International Airport (EZE).|
|Admission:||Tuesday to Friday: 8:00 am – 6:45 pm. Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays: 9:30 am – 6:45 pm. Closed on Mondays. Free guided tours in Spanish are available at 10:30 am and 3:00 pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.|
|Phone:||+54 11 4831-4527|
The flowers in the city where I live have long died. They will come back to life in the spring, but that is a long wait, as we are currently in the middle of winter. To see flowers in bloom, two days ago I took a weekend flight to the Southern Hemisphere, where summer is about to start. And, yes, it does feel like summer in Buenos Aires. Yesterday it was sunny and I didn’t feel any humidity. Buenos Aires lives up to its name. When translated into English, Buenos Aires means “good air.” I felt the nice breeze, as I was enjoying my afternoon walk in Palermo. (Today, however, it is cloudy and it is drizzling.) Buenos Aires is like a second home; I keep coming back to the City of Fair Winds. Yesterday I went to Jardín Botánico, which occupies an area more than 7 hectares and houses some 6,000 plant species, as well as a botanical library, three gardens (French, Roman and Oriental), a herbarium, five greenhouses. Opened in 1898, this garden is located in one of the best neighborhoods in Buenos Aires. What is really nice is that entrance to the garden is free! What isn’t nice is that I took a picture of this gorgeous flower, and I don’t know its name. Friends of mine tell me it’s a daylily.
Below is another picture of a cactus. But this time I took this picture in the Botanical Garden of Buenos Aires. This is what Mexicans call nopal and, as I said on a previous post, nopales are eaten raw or cooked. Once cooked, nopales have a slightly viscous texture very similar to okra, but they add a bit of a lemon flavor to the dish.
The flower below is currently very common in Buenos Aires. I see it in quite a few places in Palermo. I didn’t know its name, but after I posted this picture on Instagram some of my followers identified this flower for me. It is an African lily (or agapanthus) which is a summer-flowering perennial plant. It is indeed summer in Argentina!