28/05/19 – May in Montjuic!

Hi everyone,

Here’s a quick post featuring a few photographs we took on a recent visit to the fabulous Jardins de Mossèn Costa i Llobera in Montjuic, Barcelona.

Unfortunately, we received some rather sad family news while on our way there with a friend visiting from England, so we didn’t really feel like taking many pictures. However, despite the bad news, we still couldn’t help but marvel at the amazing array of cacti and other cool plants crammed into one – relatively small – space, right on the edge of a major city!

On our way to and from the park, we also noticed a few other interesting plants growing around the other gardens and their connecting paths, including a few different Brugmansia species and our old friend Ipomoea tricolor.  

If you’re in Barcelona and fancy visiting this incredible garden (and all the others around it), we generally walk from Plaça Espanya station and then carry on up past the MNAC – although if you’re familiar with the area there’s an apparently infinite amount of possible shortcuts!

One more thing to remember if you’re visiting: there’s often a rather pleasant Senegalese gentleman sitting carving wooden figures in the garden just before the path down to the cactus gardens. Apart from the fact that his artwork is really nice (we have about eight pieces at Arkham’s HQ as of writing) and is sold at affordable prices, all the proceeds go toward the charity he runs in his village back home in Senegal. The charity provides activities and other opportunities for the children there, so why not buy a few pieces if you see him?

Trichocereus pachanoi cactus stand at Montjuic 2019
Trichocereus pachanoi cactus stand at Montjuic
Trichocereus cactus at Montjuic
Trichocereus cactus at Montjuic
Trichocereus cactus at Montjuic
Trichocereus cactus at Montjuic
Trichocereus cactus at Montjuic
Trichocereus cactus at Montjuic
Trichocereus cactus growing out of a tree at Montjuic
Trichocereus cactus growing out of a tree at Montjuic
Trichocereus cactus growing out of a tree at Montjuic
Trichocereus cactus growing out of a tree at Montjuic
Opuntia species flowering at Montjuic
Opuntia species flowering at Montjuic
Opuntia species flowering at Montjuic
Opuntia species flowering at Montjuic
Palm tree at Montjuic
Palm tree at Montjuic
Brugmansia arbores growing at Montjuic
Brugmansia arbores growing at Montjuic
Brugmansia arbores growing at Montjuic
Brugmansia arbores growing at Montjuic
Colourful dyed birds at Montjuic
Colourful dyed birds at Montjuic
Figurine carved by a Senegalese man at Montjuic
Figurine carved by a Senegalese man at Montjuic