My friend and I both had our cameras out the moment we stepped past the entrance booth.
|Despite 2 people hovering over her, this butterfly continued about her business|
Leaving the butterfly to her pursuits, we advanced into the Sun Garden. It's planted in what I'd describe as a loose parterre style.
|The glass sculpture was here during my prior visit but the lupines were new and nicely mirrored the glass|
|Sherman Garden's mascot, the otter holding a hose at the pond's edge, was still in place. An employee in the gift shop told me that he's stood in the garden since 1970.|
|This view of the Sun Garden looks back in the direction of the gift shop and shows off not just the lupines but also the dinosaur kale used to reinforce the parterre structure|
My friend and I took different routes from that point but we soon ran into one another in the Tropical Conservatory. It's always warm in there but it seemed particularly hot and humid on this occasion. The air was so damp I could feel rain-like droplets and my camera lens fogged up repeatedly but I captured a few decent shots.
|The koi were active in the pond but the turtles were not|
|They were hanging out together in a sunny spot|
|I loved the mix of foliage here|
|The pink flowered plant here is Medinilla magnifica. I occasionally see it for sale locally and I've been tempted despite its price tag but I suspect it needs more humidity than I can give it.|
|There were several orchids in bloom, including a chocolate-scented Oncidium|
Back in the outside air, I noticed that, like last year, the Central Garden was filled with dahlias, all looking terrific.
|This year's dahlia display featured fewer varieties but I liked the effect|
|These varieties in shades of magenta, orange and pink were repeated throughout the beds|
|An exhibit of sand sculptures will be on display from June 1st through September but a temporary display had been created at the center of the dahlia beds to commemorate a wedding to be held later in the day|
There were a few beds planted with a mix of bromeliads and succulents, one of which caught my attention with the addition of brightly orange flowers.
|This display had me thinking that scattering some blooming plants among the Aeonium arboreum planted on my front slope might liven things up a bit. I think the orange flowers are Arctotis.|
As always, I was drawn to the garden's lath house, one of several lath structures. Sherman Garden's lath house spawned the idea for my own much smaller version. This was my first visit since my husband competed my shade structure and the visit offered an opportunity to examine the plants Sherman Gardens keeps under cover. After all, my lath house, while small, is nowhere near full!
|In addition to ferns, Sherman's lath house included lots of Iresine, begonias, bromeliads, and even some Alstroemeria. The pelican sculpture appeared to have been made from driftwood and Spanish moss.|
|This staghorn fern also drew my eye. Instead of detracting from the display, the skeletonized leaves on top made it all the more interesting.|
|This display, prominently featuring Brunfelsia, sat under a tree surrounded by a partial lath structure|
|This long, narrow lath structure is called the Fern Grotto. In addition to ferns, there were lots of cycads.|
Of course, we couldn't leave Sherman Gardens without touring the Succulent Garden. Not much has changed there since my last visit but it's always impressive.
|This shows just how big a Furcraea foetida 'Mediopicta' can grow! I mistreated mine, moving it from spot to spot, until it finally fell prey to an insect infestation. Next time I invest in one, I'll find a permanent spot for it before I plant it.|
|This is Epiphyllum hybrid 'Giant Falls'|
|Another sand sculpture was under construction in the Succulent Garden|
I bought a small Epiphyllum 'Queen of the Night' from the gift shop and my friend and I headed off to lunch. The Epiphyllum now hangs in my lath house.
Best wishes for a great weekend!
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