|Pride of Madeira in display house.|
The conservatory had its annual orchid display in full swing.
Topiaries of orchids.....
Arches of orchids.....
|Arch of orchids.|
Rooms full of orchids. Orchids everywhere!
|A wall of orchids.|
I attended a seminar in this orchid display room, given by Maria, the keeper of Longwood's 9,000 (yes, I said 9,000) orchids. They are kept in 5 greenhouses, each with its own climate. All the orchids in this room are here for display purposes, not growing purposes. They all have different needs, thus the reason for 5 different greenhouses, each with a different climate. These are happy orchids! And beautiful!
|x Laeliocattleya g. 'Trick or Treat'|
|Phaphiopedilum g. 'Golden Slipper'|
|x Potinara g. William Farrell 'Apricot Orange'|
The fern walkway is also beautiful. I love ferns and they have some fabulous ferns. I don't think I've ever seen such huge, healthy ferns.
I especially love all the lycopodiums. Lycopodiums are actually club mosses, but grow in the same conditions as the ferns, so they coexist happily.
The "footed" ferns look nothing like mine. Mine are babies compared to these giants hanging from the ceiling.
|Vine Fern-Stenochlaena tenuifolia|
|Hare's Foot Fern- Plebodium aureum 'Crispum'|
|Up close to see the "feet".|
There were also some great staghorn ferns. I didn't know there were this many different varieties. They are just monstrous and so unusual.
|Close up of the center of the fern.|