We had a family field trip to Selby Gardens with Grandma Polly. She hadn’t there been since, oh, about 1950. Here she is hanging out with the cycads.
We could have spent the entire day just in the orchid room. Every time you take a step there’s another outrageous bloom. As usual, I forgot to take pictures of plant tags. I’ll name what I can, and anyone who wants to take a stab at the rest, be my guest. paphiopedlium, lady’s slipper a dendrobium that reminds me of little eggs.Dendrobium purpuriumGongora truncata dendrobium spectabileVanilla orchids grow vigorously in Florida but rarely bloom, so this was fun to see. Once a bean forms, it has to be on the vine 9 months to develop that lovely aroma.My cousin Sara’s dress was camouflage in there.
A green jade vine in bloom! I first saw this beauty in Maui, swarming with bees and dripping with all these otherworldly flowers in hues like Caribbean water. I’m obsessed. Unfortunately they don’t bloom around here outside a greenhouse. Might need to build one just for that. My friend Julie spotted a second anole in this photo. Do you see him?
Selby is pretty fancy. They cycle through world-class art exhibits and they style the gardens to match. Last time I visited there was an Andy Warhol exhibit with a few works on display and pop art plantings throughout the gardens. Right now there’s a Paul Gauguin exhibit and the gardens have a South Seas vibe. salacca magnifica How cute are these? Tiny trees make me happy.If you’re into bonsai, then you should also visit my grandma’s hometown garden, Heathcote Botanical Gardens in Ft. Pierce. They have the largest collection of tropical bonsai in the country (over a hundred). My grandma mentioned there’s a historical connection between that garden and Marie Selby’s. I need to investigate that. Roseate spoonbill stained glass in the gazebo and a nice breeze off Sarasota Bay.Ah, such a pretty place.