Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The Orangery at Longwood


The largest of the greenhouses at Longwood is the Orangery, called that after the 18th
century custom of nobles in France keeping citrus fruit trees in large containers in a special
greenhouse over the winter, to be taken outdoors again the next summer.





Yellow Marguerite Daisies, Deep Blue Campanula/Canterbury Bells, and "Espresso Frappe 
Rose" Petunias and "Conca d'Or" Oriental Lilies in back.





Bismarck Palms, baskets of Blue Cape Primrose, Marguerite Daisies, Conca d'Or
Golden Oriental Lilies





Deep Blue Campanula / Canterbury Bells





The East Aisle with Tivoli Big Leaf Hydrangeas, Lavender Campanula,
and Golden Conca d'Or Oriental Lilies





NE Aisle of Orangery.  Conca d'Or Oriental Lilies and Pink Espresso Frappe Rose Petunias.





Conca d'Or Oriental Lilies and Espresso Frappe Rose Petunias





Conca d'Or Oriental Lilies and Espresso Frappe Rose Petunias





Conca d'Or Oriental Lily





Espresso Frappe Rose Petunias - very low growing ground-cover





Espresso Frappe Rose Petunias





West Aisle with Pink Campanula and Pink Anthuriums





Tivoli Big Leaf Hydrangeas in Pink and White





Tivoli Big Leaf Hydrangeas - very low growing





Lavender Campanula / Canterbury Bells





Lavender Campanula / Canterbury Bells





Tivoli Hydrangeas and Lavender Campanula





West Side of Orangery with Scarlet Azaleas (very low growing) and White
Marguerite Daisies.  Hanging Baskets of Cape Primrose.





NW Aisle with White Marguerite Daisies, Red Scarlet Azaleas, and Pink Campanula





Looking across Western Half of Orangery





White Marguerite Daisies, Scarlet Red Azaleas, Pink Campanula





Pink Campanula and Baskets of Blue Cape Primrose





SW Aisle with "Panola Fire Violas;"  I'd call them pansies.





"Panola Fire Violas" / Pansies





"Panola Fire Violas" / Pansies





Inside Orangery





SE Aisle with baskets of Pansies and down below "Velvet Elvis" Plectranthus




Basket of Blue and Purple Violets / Pansies




"Velvet Elvis" Plectranthus and Bismark Palms



East Center of the Orangery



Pansies and Oriental Lilies



East Center of the Orangery.  "Velvet Elvis" Blue Plectranthus.



White Marguerite Daisies



White Marguerite Daisies



"Pandola"  pink and green Anthuriums




Red Anthurium



Purple   "Utah"  Anthurium



"Lovely Lydia" Spray Roses
One greenhouse is devoted to roses and hibiscus, which are used as cut flowers in the
restaurants and reception rooms.



"Sweet Avalanche" Rose



"Romeo" Chinese Hibiscus



"Mandarin Wind" Chinese Hibiscus



Visitors enjoying the flowers.



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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

The Conservatory at Longwood


In addition to the hundreds of acres of outdoor gardens, Longwood has more than four acres
under glass for year-round beauty.  They are all connected.  This is the East Conservatory
facing west.  It has a fountain, two waterfalls, and hanging baskets of Cape Primrose,
plus palm trees and many flowers.




East Conservatory with pink Snapdragons, pink and white hydrangeas,
yellow Marguerite daisies, and Clivia African Lilies.




East Conservatory with two waterfalls and lush vegetation.




"Ruby Red Columbine."




"Golden Yellow Columbine"




"Sky Blue Columbine"




"Coral Amaryllis" in the East Conservatory.




"Champagne Bubble Icelandic Poppy."




Icelandic Poppies and "Mrs. Popper" Pelargonium.




Double Icelandic Poppy.




Icelandic Poppy and Pelargonium Leaves.




There are several gardenia bushes alongside the camellia bushes in the Conservatory.




"Bartlettina" is a South American shrub with feathery flowers.




"Scorpio" Black Oriental Lily.




"Dalmatian Peach Foxglove"




"Dalmatian Peach Foxglove"




Bright Red Anthurium




"Freya" Guzmania, a type of Bromeliad.




"Deborah Guzmania"




"Maryan Guzmania."  The roots are only to hold it anchored;  tiny hairs on the leaves absorb
moisture from the air.




"Longwood Princess Clivia"  - African Lily




"Longwood Princess Clivia"  -  African Lily.   This is a new variety developed
at Longwood Gardens.




Orange Clivia - African Lily




"Pink Powderpuff."  Hundreds of these were on a small tree.




"Marmaduke Begonia."  This is a large begonia.




This is the Exhibition Hall, which is joined on the left with the East Conservatory.
It can be flooded, as here, or drained and used for seating at concerts.
The hanging baskets are Big Leaf Hydrangea.




Hanging Baskets of Big Leaf Hydrangeas.




The aisles on either side of the Exhibition Hall always have unusual combinations of
fairly ordinary plants.  These are Pink Kalanchoe with Lemon Sizzler Draecena.  In the
back are Snake Plant /Mother-in-Law Tongue, and to the right "Blue Coleus" Plectranthus. 
The blue color is really electric.



Pink Kalanchoe, Lemon Sizzler Draecena, and Snake Plant




Purple and Gold Kalanchoe in Boxes along aisles.


Along the opposite wall were "Blue Coleus" with "Black Phantom Petunias" and "Lemon
Sizzler Draecena."




"Black Phantom Petunias" and "Lemon Sizzler Draecena."



The black petunias had splotches of gold on the petals.





Huge urns of Salpiglossis were in several areas with many colors.




Varieties of Salpiglossis




Varieties of Salpiglossis




"Acacia Passage" with urns and baskets of big-leaf Hydrangeas.




Acacia Passage with urns and baskets of big-leaf Hydrangeas.  This passage leads from
the Orangery to the Orchid Greenhouse.




A hanging basket of Pink Big-Leaf Hydrangeas, with ferns.




A pot of Big-Leaf Hydrangeas.




"Lavender Poppy Anemones" were growing in the Fruit Greenhouse, where the
nectarines had just finished blooming.  Pierre DuPont, creator of the Gardens,
liked fresh fruit and so he planted banana trees, pineapple plants, grape vines,
nectarines, and other fruit varieties in the greenhouses.




"Red Poppy Anemones."



A visitor amongst the daffodils and cherry blossoms.


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