GPOD on the highway: Potawatomi Conservatory

That is your GPOD editor, Joseph, from my frozen backyard in northern Indiana. Winter has nicely and actually arrived for me right here, we’ve had a couple of snows, good onerous freezes. Not a lot is occurring within the backyard exterior, however fortunately for me, I reside a brief stroll from a beautiful public conservatory. I really like public areas like these, somewhat magical escape from the winter chilly into a pleasant haven of crops. Right here’s somewhat style of some issues that caught my eye on my final go to:

The place you’ll normally discover me within the conservatory… that little set of desk and chairs is a good place to work when working from house is beginning to get somewhat previous.

I really like seeing the fowl of paradise (Strelitzia reginae, Zone 10 – 11) in bloom. These big flowers are structured to be pollinated by sunbirds of their native South Africa. In contrast to hummingbirds, sunbirds can’t hover, so the bottom of the flower may be very sturdy to supply them with a perch whereas they get in on the nectar and pollinate the blooms.

This big plant is one other bird-of-paradise, this one with white flowers (Strelitzia nicolai). THey’re simply as cool trying, however the crops are so massive it’s a lot tougher to truly get a superb have a look at the blooms.

Among the oldest crops within the conservatory began as houseplants that got here to reside their greatest lives right here. That is the acquainted jade plant (Cassula ovata), however I’ve by no means seen it get half this big on a windowsill!

I really like these plant stands, which show a big selection of cool succulent crops. It’s all the time enjoyable to take an in depth have a look at every of those residing sculptures.

This specimen caught my eye in the present day – a variegated agave (Agave victoriaereginae ‘Golden Princess’).

The desert dome is a favourite a part of the conservatory.  The large dwelling covers a variety of dry-adapted crops and actually makes it really feel like I’ve stepped out into one other world.

Most dramatic are these big agaves (Agave americana, Zone 8 – 11). I ponder how previous they is perhaps… they definitely have been right here some time, and simply look wonderful.

All alongside the sting of the desert dome are extra potted treasures. This can be a cool cactus grafted onto one other cactus rootstock. Grafting troublesome or fussy cactus onto a extra vigorous selection is a surprisingly simple technique to make them lots simpler to develop.

I’m in love with this paper backbone cactus (Tephrocactus articulatus var. papyracanthus). How cool are these lengthy, flat spines?

An assortment of cool cactus filling an enormous planter. Many of those species are very sluggish rising, and these large specimens are actually particular and great to see.

How are you escaping with the winter decelerate in gardening? Visiting conservatories? Having fun with your houseplants? Or do you simply reside someplace heat sufficient that gardening goes on all 12 months? Please ship in your images! These of us in a chilly local weather want some vicarious gardening to get by the snowy months!


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