Friday, March 26, 2010

A Good Day to Escape to the Palm Room

Since winter has decided to visit for the day.
One day you hear! We do not want it to stay any
longer than that.The snow flurries have passed
on through and though cold the sun is trying to
get through the clouds.Thank heavens it will not
last long this time of the year.
It will delay the blooms of the hyacinths and the
tulips a little but they will come.
So I will go back and visit the trip to the Franklin
Park Conservatory and show some more pictures.
Maybe we will visit the Palm room and soak up some
more Tropical plants for Fertilizer Friday.
It is Friday and time to " Flaunt Those Flowers"
wherever you may find them today.
So everyone go over to our dear friend Tootsie
over at " Tootsie Time " and join us today.

I would love to be at the Franklin Park Conservatory
today. The Butterflies are being born and it must be
beautiful there. They have almost 150 species of these
flowers with wings and since I have seen only about 5
different kinds in my yard I cannot imagine what a
beautiful sight so many would make.

Since I live in a cold climate and have not saw
real Palm trees I was fascinated by the bark
on some of them.

Don't you just love their hairy textures.

The paper globes looked so pretty in the Palm room
and help brighten up all of the green colors.
They look as though they are floating on air.

There were also more glass sculptures made by
Dale Chihuly
to add colors also.

There were some brilliant colored foliage that stood
out in the greens of the palms in the Topical room.

Bright oranges, pinks and yellows.

Update they are Croton codiaeum vareigatum
Thank you Florida Girl!

You of course have to have waterfalls in the garden
and one would expect it in a tropical paradise setting.
You can just make believe you are actually on a tropical
island here with the plants and the sounds of the
waterfalls rushing water.

Why does one always have to reach out and catch
some water in your palm when looking at a water
feature. LOL! I know it is only me that has to touch
everything. It is a habit of mine and I always scold
myself like I would a child saying " do not touch Lona".

Meet my trusting chauffeur and daughter.
Don't you love it when someone catches you
unawares with a camera. LOL!

As for the Flaunting of flowers this was a
another lovely plant I do not know the name of.
Yes there was name plates (like I would have remembered
them anyway without a picture of it), yes there was
two school tours going on (get my point) and have you
not read my 'Duh sign' on the left column. LOL!

It was lavender though.

Update: Yesterday Today & Tomorrow Brunfelsia
Thank you Florida Girl. I just need a tropical gal to
help me identify them.LOL!

and this one was a red-orange...

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend
full of sunshine, warm temps and flowers.

Happy Gardening Everyone !


Roses and Lilacs said...

What a lovely place. I'm sitting here in my office, my feet are freezing from the cold concrete slab under me. It was 18-degrees last night and I'm sick of winter. I'd love to be in that wonderful conservatory.

RainGardener said...

Hi Lona, what a nice trip through the Palm room. Lots of beauty there. So I don't forget the name of a flower - even just walking around my yard - I take a picture of the tag. Of course then I have to remember which flower it goes to. hehehe In fact I did that for one today but then just ended up showing the tag so people could see the flower that isn't here yet. LOL

bennie and patsy said...

Daughter's are wonderful to have and share with. Thanks for letting me make the trip.

Darla said...

Oh no! You can't have cold weather...shush my mouth it might come here!! Great tour, love the surprised look on your daughter's face, you got her good!

Dragonfly Treasure said...

What a wonderful visit you had. So many interesting and beautiful plants. That lavender one is soo pretty. And who doesn't love waterfalls! So gorgeous.
Thanks for taking us along with you for the tour.
Have a agreat weekend!

Tootsie said...

it always impressed me to see that the plants that I keep as houseplants only will live outdoors in other areas of the world...I would love to have that opportunity!! thanks for the post today...and the linking in...I love the bark on those palms too....very neat hey?

Angel said...

Hi! Thanks for stopping by & visiting with me. Boy thank God for conservatories & arboretums they always have something wonderful to see even when we don't. lol
Tonight we get the cold you have had, down into mid 20's Thanks for sharing! lol Have a great weekend!

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Imagine living in this type of environment! I think I would be overwhelmed each and every day.


Floridagirl said...

Hi, Lona! That does look like a lovely, tropical paradise! Your colorful leaves are crotons (Codiaeum variegatum), which I collect down here in my Florida garden. I'm pretty sure the lovely purple flowers are Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow (Brunfelsia). Thanks for sharing these lovely photos. I wish my tropical garden had been under a conservatory roof this year!

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Ahhh...The Franklin Park conservatory.....I grew up right down the street from it. My niece got married in the room with the big nice that it is still around to enjoy. Glad the snow is finally gone after this morning. Maybe the last gasp of winter?? Let's hope so!~Patti

Anonymous said...

What a lovely place to visit. Yes, a waterfall is a must. It completes the whole aura. I hope warmth comes to you soon.

Balisha said...

I've really enjoyed these posts...especially this one. Is your daughter on spring break? Fun to do things with the kids that both of you enjoy.

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

It sure is pretty in there. I'd be sitting right by that waterfall if I could.
Hope you have a great weekend!

NellJean said...

How wonderful to have such a tropical escape nearby, and even more wonderful to have a lovely companion with you.

Evelyn Howard said...

Thanks for taking us on a trip with you Lona. Love your photos - very nice and tropical, and I love those globes - so pretty against the green background. Looks like a really nice place - I can imagine the lovely green cool surrounding with the sound of water...

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Marnie: I was so over winter before it got here I think.We should have been born on tropical islands LOL!

RG: You read my mind girl. You know I wouldn't have known what tag went with what plant LOL!

Patsy: She is such a good daughter too. I am very proud of her.

Darla: Cold again girl. Ugh! I will probably hear about that picture. LOL!

Deb: Oh, I loved the waterfall and could even hear it over the chatter of school children. LOL! It is a great place for the children to learn though.

Tootsie: I found the bark on the palm trees to be very pretty. It looks like you may not want to hug it but I refrained from touching it and wish now I had. LOL!

Angel: I was glad we were able to visit it.I just loved it there and would love to see the butterfly exhibit going on now.

Florida Girl: Thank you so much for identifying my nameless plants LOL! A tropical girl like you would know them. Your great to help me.

Patti: I have met a few people who have been there since I starting posting this visit. Hello neighbor! LOL!

Rosie: I am ready for it to warm up and stay that way. What are the chances do you think LOL!

Catherine: Wouldn't it be nice to have a waterfall like that in your garden. But you do have a wonderful pond.Have a great weekend!

Nell: It was a fun day at a wonderful spot.

Evelyn: I thought the big white paper globes just fit so perfect in the room. Thanks for dropping by!

Jim Groble said...

This morning there was 2 inches of snow on the ground and the temps stayed in the mid 30s. Spring break starts today. I guess I can make 2 more flower beds in the snow. It'll make the neighbors scratch their heads. jim

Stephanie said...

Ok ok I hope the winter went away by now ;-) These tropical plants are beautiful. Most of them are hardy here. I love that croton and brunfelsia. They add colours to the garden. Lovely plants :-D

Dirt Princess said...

How fun! I absolutely LOOOVE Dale Chihuly!

pogonip said...

Snow yesterday, wind today--I'm escaping to California tomorrow for some sun and warmth. I'm gonna soak it all up, lizard-like, before I come home!

Anonymous said...

What a lovely place to visit. I also enjoyed your sidebar pictures. Lovely, and I enjoyed your calming music-G

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Jim: Ohio weather.;-) Looks like next week is going to get really nice and we can all get in the garden again.

Stephanie: It must be nice to grow such beautiful plants and not have to worry about the cold.I know nothing about tropical plants but they are beautiful.

DP! Some of his stuff is just beautiful. Have fun in the garden this weekend.

Pogonip: Wow have a wonderful time in California soaking up some rays. Be sure to get us all some pictures to drool over LOL!

Gloria: Thanks and so glad you dropped by!

Daricia said...

hi lona,
i was just in florida and kind of "discovered" palms for the time. there are so many types and they're so interesting! tropical plants always evoke a vacation feel, don't they? it was good to see your post!

Sandy W said...

What a lovely place to visit. This is definitely the place to spend a few hours after some stressful and tiring times at work/home :)

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Daricia: It was a good place to get away to and one could imagine they were on tropical vacation on a snowy day. Thanks for dropping by.

Sandy: It was good to visit. I may never get to visit the actual tropical locations so it was new to me.

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

What a lovely place to visit, so warm and tropical. It must have been quite the shock to go outside into the real world again. Time spent with loved ones, is precious.

The purple Brunsfelsia, I can still hear my coworker, Harold pronounce it's name with his super strong German accent. BBBBRunzzzfelzy a! We always had them in the greenhouse, such a pretty little plant.


Di said...

Wow Lona, beautiful place to visit, and you had me there enjoying it with you. I would love to see the butterflies. We have had several already in our garden but it will take a while to see the others. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Diana