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.


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.