On my recent trip to Georgia (the country) we visited the town of Mtskheta, which has several churches. Jvari Monastery is on top of a hill.
It has stunning views of the country’s lush countryside. Besides a few knowns, such as yarrow, I found some interesting plants up there. Again, I don’t know what these are, so any help would be appreciated.
This one had big swollen joints. I feel like I should know what this is. It feels familiar.
Its a big bushy things a few feet across.
There were also some shrubs with bunches of yellow flowers.
And black angly, twisty branches.
This shrub was also very beautiful with ovate leaves and orange flowers, but the grasshoppers were also pretty exciting.
I have never seen flowers arranged on top of the stems with leaves below like this.
The flowers face down, in spite of being on top of the stem, which reminds me of some hellebore I’ve seen. Doubt it’s that though.
The whole plant consisted of several of these stems. Look how perfectly aligned those leaves are. That, and the fact that they are facing sideways, basically defies the laws of nature as I understand them. Leaves are usually staggered to collect as much light as possible!
With his glaucous leaves with yellowy new growth, this guy demonstrates what I meant about staggering the leaves or optimum sunlight snatching.
Possibly a Euphorbia? I love how a pair of stems emerges from each pair of leaves.
Gnarly, black-trunked tree with frilly ferny leaves at the Jvari monastery. This is a stunning tree. I wish I knew what it was.