As in prior years, the Central Garden celebrated spring with a massive display of dahlias.
|The centerpiece of the display changes from year to year but the color scheme seems to have been consistent, at least from 2017 to 2019|
|Pink and orange wouldn't be colors I'd have considered combining but it works|
|Within the color scheme, the flowers vary in shape (cactus, decorative, etc) and size|
|I found this display of cut dahlias floating in a birdbath near the rose garden|
|The orange and pink combination was repeated in the area surrounding the entrance fountain but foxgloves, lupines and Gerbera daisies were used instead of dahlias here|
Due to the bright light, my photos of the Perennial Garden adjacent to the Central Garden weren't especially good but I pulled together a few shots to share with you.
A section of the Sun Garden was blocked off with caution tape so I collected only a handful of photos there.
The Tropical Conservatory is one of my favorite areas within the gardens. Although it hasn't changed much from visit to visit, I always enjoy it. If only I had another acre or so and a big pile of money, I'd like to have a space like this, complete with turtles and Koi fish.
|I've never cared much for chenille plant (Acalypha hispida) but I always appreciate it in this context, surrounded by bromeliads, ferns and water|
|These are the same 2 turtles I featured in my Wednesday Vignette this week, accompanied by some of the Koi occupying the pond|
|A nice pairing of vibrant Croton and dark-hued bromeliads|
|I put a Medinella magnifica like the one shown in the middle of this photo on my birthday wish list but I didn't receive one. However, my husband bought me several Mangaves so he's forgiven.|
|I think all these orchids are kept in pots and changed out as their blooms fade|
There's a good-sized Bromeliad Garden on the property, which now includes a display of carnivorous plants.
|Once again the sun's glare interfered with my photos. I think the plant on the lower right is Dyckia fosteriana or a hybrid.|
The last area I photographed was the Tea Garden. Much of the area is shaded by lath structures so the photos aren't sharp but I think you can appreciate just how densely planted the area is.
|Ferns rub elbows here with Impatiens, Fuchsias, Alstroemeria, Clematis and other plants too numerous to name|
I somehow failed to take any photos of the Succulent Garden on this visit, a serious omission but one I suspect I'll remedy before the year is out.
That's my wrap-up for this week. I wish you good gardening. May the weather be with you.
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