|In the equatorial house, cycads and palm grow in the high heat and humidity. It was so hot and humid in the Smith College conservatory that my camera steamed up - I sort of liked the effect.|
Here are a few more photos from our trip to the Smith College Conservatory this past weekend. I thought that I might share a few photos of some plants that caught my eye beyond the bulb displays. A little bit of this and that, and a few things to add to my wish list for my greenhouse collection.
|Mixed tropical specimen plants include Begonia species, bromeliads, citrus and lots of orchids.|
|Banana's, Heliconia and Philodendrons in the tropical palm house. Yes, it was snowing outside, but near 90 degrees inside under the glass.|
Me likey Lycopodium - as if I need another genus to start collecting! But this is the second time that I have been smitten by this prehistoric genus. Maybe the time has come to build a Victorian Fernery.
|This was the first time that I've seen this Peperomia species. - Peperomia fraseri, from Ecuador and Columbia.|
|A small hanging Vandaceous orchid reminds me of when I lived in Hawaii - we used to grow baskets of these on our clothes line.|
|Another fantastic orchid specimen, this relative of the dendrobium is Dendrochillum cobbianum , this specimen has fully encased its basket.|
This Ruttya fruticosa was once commonly grown in conservatories in New England, my 1805 gardening book talks about specimens growing in glasshouses in the Boston area.