In part two, I have shown you all kinds of the beauties Fairchild displayed in their "Window to Tropic Conservatory". After visiting the conservatory, we had a quick lunch in the garden cafe, and kids got the ice cream to cool down. Then we are ready to explore more...
Fairchild has a showcase called "The Lin Lougheed Spiny Forest of Madagascar ". It is a representative display of some of the wonderful plants found in Madagascar’s spiny desert. Some of them are unusual and rare plants found in that threatened habitat.
These two Agave plants have their flower spikes soaring up to the sky.
This Mouse Trap Tree is full of blossoms. What a beauty!
|Uncarina grandidieri (Mouse Trap Tree, Succulent Sesame)|
(Mouse Trap Tree, Succulent Sesame)
After stepping out the area of "The Lin Lougheed Spiny Forest of Madagascar", we are on the way back to the gate.
Found two Heliconias blooming... It won't be called a tropical garden without some heliconias!
|Heliconia x Pabstii|
These bush is full covered by three colors of flowers, white, purple, lavender. All are on the same plant. I was not able to find the plant label. The three color bloom feature is similar to the plant 'Brunfelsia pauciflora', also called "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow". However, the flower shape does not match when I looked it up. Anybody recognizes this plant?
This flower looks just like its common name, "Chinese Lantern" or "Japanese Lantern"!
|Hibiscus Schizopetalus |
(Chinese Lanterns, Japanese Lanterns, or Fringed Rosemallow)
I love the water lilies. If I can ever have a small pond in my garden, water lilies are the must!
Wonder who is the lady sitting on the bench in front of that giant gumbo limbo tree (bursera simaruba)? It is a life-sized sculpture of Marjory Stoneman Douglas, created by sculptor and Fairchild volunteer Freda Tschumy. Marjory was one of America’s greatest conservationists and the first editor of Fairchild’s magazine. The existence of the Everglades National Park is largely due to her efforts. She also lobbied extensively for the formation of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. A big salute to you, Marjory!
It was very hot and humid that day, and we were ready to head back home...
Hold on, do you still remember in part one that I said I was not only treated with a garden trip, but also some nice plants for Mother's Day? Yes, it happened that day the Fairchild had a flowering tree sale going on! Guess it was my lucky day! Even I was not looking for buying any trees (not I don't love flowering trees, I just don't have space for them in my garden, sigh...) , we went there to check it out anyway.
It turned out to be that they did have some other plants for sale in addition to flowering trees.
Such as different color and types of Frangipanis, some in pots, and some sold as cuttings.... I have one grown in the pot right now, still trying to find a place to put in the ground. I guess I won't get more.
All kinds of Desert Roses (Adenium Obesum )... Hmmm, I already have one in my garden as well.
Ooh, what is this pretty flower? I want one!
|Tibouchina lepidota nana |
And how about this beauty?! Ok, it is actually just the picture on the label, the plant itself does not have flower yet. I recognized this Giant Apostle's Iris' flower from several Florida bloggers' posts. I have been looking for it for a while. Since only two was left, I grabbed one quickly! It is not very cheap though, cost me $20.00, but I can not find it anywhere else.
|Neomarica Caerulea 'Regina'|
(Giant Apostle's Iris)
Boys, Thanks for a perfect Mother's Day! Oh, can not forget to thank my husband for his nice thought to bring me to this garden :) I definitely will return here in the cool season, so that we can walk in the garden for longer time in much more comforts.
Thanks all for following along with the tour. Hope you enjoyed it.