Garfield Park Conservatory Part II: Blooms for GBBD
Well, our blooms this March 15th are limited to snowdrops (Galanthus). I’ve already posted pictures of those. So this seems a good opportunity to post some more pictures from our visit to the Garfield Park Conservatory.
For starters, there was a “Spring Flower Show”, which consisted of a bunch of blooming azaleas in containers. Nice, but not too exciting.
There was a compact hybrid Bougainvillea.
In the Aroid House we saw a Flamingo Flower (Anthurium) cultivar in bloom. Someone should tell this plant that it is not polite to point with your spadix.
There was Crown of Thorns (Euphorbium milii), which is aptly named, in the Desert House. What if William Jennings Bryan had said in his famous speech, “You shall not press down upon the brow of labor this Euphorbium milii …”?
Loved this Popcorn Orchid (Oncidium).
This is called Hanging Lobster Claw (Heliconia rostrata), which is truly a great name for a flower.
There was also Yellow Walking Iris (Trimezia martinicensis), also a pretty good name.
Love the flower of this Red Torch Banana (Musa coccinea).
Finally, Flaming Sword Plant (Vrisea splendens), an apt name for a truly dramatic plant.
All in all, a fine variety of flowers to enjoy on a cold March day in Chicago. For more blooms, check out MayDreamsGardens, which hosts Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.