Stromanthe sanguinea 'Triostar' is a wonderful compliment to poinsettias for the holidays.
Flower World does not carry baubles, bangles, ornaments, soap, stationery, scarves, handbags, or other gift items (not that there's anything wrong with that.) What they carry is plants, acres and acres of plants. (Three of those acres are inside so the weather is always perfect!
The heating bill must be outrageous but walking in the tropical houses when it's cold and windy outside is a spirit lifter!
Assorted cacti and succulents.
Philodendron 'Prince of Orange' is always an eye grabber!
Calethea 'Medallion' - Oh, the purple undersides of those leaves. These DO NOT like to dry out at all and want to be kept moist. (Don't ask me how I know.) Most of my house plants are either not fussy about water or dead. Okay, some water lovers live in the greenhouse where they can be watered with a hose and they are alright.
Cordyline terminalis 'Miss Andrea'
Hopping from the tropics to outside, the berries if Ilex verticillata on bare branches are gorgeous. Unfortunately, the plant is rather dull the rest of the year. Oh to have enough space to hide a few dozen of these shrubs!
Camellia sanguinea 'Apple Blossom'
Camellia x 'Buttermint' looks like it could melt in your mouth.
It's still autumn but already the primroses in my garden and those at Flower World are blooming as they will all winter.
Vibrant blooms of Tibouchina urvilleana.
Our visit was the weekend before Thanksgiving and the staff was just starting to make wreaths.
Maybe I'll be inspired by their creations to make my own. On the other hand, dragging the fake one out of the basement is a lot easier.
How lucky are we to live in a climate where all of this is evergreen?
Musella lasiocarpa in bloom.
Cotinus 'Grace' still holding on to her glorious foliage.
This picture doesn't show it well but the foliage of Calathea 'Silhouette' also has brilliant purple undersides. There's an empty jardiniere in the parlor and I promise to keep it watered this time. The foliage pattern is just too seductive. We'll let it ride in the cart for a while, enjoy it and put it back. The last bit didn't happen. Oops.
Temperatures are predicted to plunge below freezing next week. I hate to see autumn go.
We'll still have these cheerful Kale/Cabbages to keep us company through the winter!
See you next time, Flower World!