So many fascinating cacti.....some round and prickly, some tall and fuzzy!
This Kalanchoe was happy in the desert.
Now we're in the tropical pavilion, with plants from the Amazon Basin, African rainforest, and tropical eastern Asia.
A gentle waterfall flowed from somewhere above into this peaceful setting, but it's hard to see in the foreground of this photo, unless you click to enlarge it.
The tropical blooms were flamboyant.....
Edit: Thanks to Trudi for naming this plant. It's Heliconia - 'Christmas'.
Edit: ( this one is Heliconia angusta -'Yellow Christmas')
..........and vibrantly colored!
There were plants with brilliantly patterned leaves.......
Edit: The plant pictured above is a Croton. Thanks to Isabelle for naming this one.
Here's just one of the many beautiful ferns, and more big leaves (philodendron perhaps?).
Now here we are in the Warm Temporate Pavilion with plants from central China, the Mediterranean, Australia, Asia, southern Africa, and the western U.S.
This one was my favorite, with so many unusual blooms that I'd never seen before. Do you see that yellow flowered shrub in the background?
Here it is up close. It belongs to the legume family, and has the most delicious scent.
I wish I could remember its name.
Edit: Old Roses visited the BBG on the Saturday after we did, and she very kindly took a picture of this plant's name tag and sent it to me. Many thanks Old Roses! It's Genista - Teline Canariensis - from the Canary Islands. Thanks to several people who named it as 'Broom'. It is, but not the Scotch Broom.
Wonderful colors everywhere!
The pink flower up close........another beauty.
Edit: This is Watsonia, a South African bulb. Again thanks to Trudi for naming it.
Now we're on the upper level of the Conservatory where a Trail of Evolution traces the development of the natural world over three and a half billion years.
Bromeliads entered recorded history some 500 years ago.
I'm not sure about this one, but I think it may be another bromeliad.
Edit: Jeanette says this is indeed a bromeliad and she has one just like it. Thanks Jeanette!
There were just a few orchids in the Aquatic House, which features tropical water plants in freshwater pools and containers.
Pretty in pink.
The Bonzai Museum is also part of the Conservatory, but I'll show you that next time along with the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend!