-

-
Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Monday, January 5, 2015

On The Eleventh Day of Christmas We Visit the Seymour Conservatory

Still decked for the season, the conservatory awaits.  Let's see what's waiting inside.

An explosion of Poinsettias and Hippeastrum (amaryllis)

 Poinsettia trees along with the huge always-fruiting Pondarosa Lemon (hybrid of a lemon and a citron which has huge fruit!)


Like many of the seasonal floral displays, the poinsettias are grown in metro parks greenhouses across town and brought in for the display


Nestled among some of the permanent residents of the conservatory, the blooms glow.

This is a great place to visit in the winter and while there are lots of special events and sometimes live music, I love going when the place is mostly empty and one can sit and enjoy the warmth and foliage.

The unlabeled agapetes is beginning to bloom again!

the patterns on the flowers are so interesting.  One of my own is blooming in my greenhouse as well.

Surprise of surprises, there's snow in the tropics.  How did that happen?

The large leaves of this philodendron are beautiful

but it was the pattern on its stems (trunks?) that really caught my eye.

You are being watched!

See, orchids are easy to grow (in a perfectly temperature and humidity controlled environment.)






One never knows what might pop up.  


We'll visit once again in February when the new display, "Crave: An Early Glimpse of Spring," goes in. If you're in the area, do drop by the conservatory. I keep forgetting to take pictures of the cute things in the gift shop.  Oops.
Happy eleventh day of Christmas all!  

20 comments:

  1. Looks warm and cosy there :) and they have a lot of poinsettias to tidy away soon!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It is always warm in the conservatory!

      Delete
  2. Oh, I might go for that spring display! Thanks for sharing your visit.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. If the weather continues to be so mild, we'll be experiencing an early spring outside as well.

      Delete
  3. Thanks for the visit to one of my favorite places!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for coming along! It is a great place to visit but I wouldn't want their heating bill! (About $300,000.00 a year!.)

      Delete
  4. Lovely, and the garland outside looks easy to take down. :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Sure is, just let it dry out and wait for a windy day. I think the folks at the conservatory are much less lazy than I and actually go out and remove the garland.

      Delete
  5. Another wonderful visit to a warm and humid environment and a gorgeous display of Poinsettias and other lovelies. I did end up with one poinsettia which is no longer my Christmas favorite but it is pretty. Still.

    Freezing cold weather is headed this way. Did you leave the door open again? The warm wind from the South has turned in the other direction here after being met head on.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's fairly warm here (50's and a lot of rain.) I think that someone in Canada is responsible for leaving the door open this time. Sorry to hear that you've got freezing temps coming your way!

      Delete
  6. I love the Agapetes, which I don't think I've ever seen before. After checking it out on-line, I was thinking I need to get my hands on one - until I read that they're water lovers ;(

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. They grow really well in pots where you don't have to worry so much about water. I've let mine dry out quite a bit and they don't seem to mind. Go ahead, get one, it's as easy an a fuchsia!

      Delete
  7. I have never seen so many Poinsettias! Beautiful!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Do all those poinsettias wind up in the compost? I'm using mine as cut flowers now.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think that, since they grow their own, these are taken back to the greenhouse for the rest of the year and forced into bloom again in the fall.

      Delete
  9. Beautiful conservatory, beautiful photos, soul-sustaining. Thank you!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Nice! What a wonderful winter getaway!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. And luckily only a very short walk from my home!

      Delete

Thanks so much for taking the time to comment! I love to hear your thoughts.