Winter has been relatively mild so far -- not as much as last year though -- but spring fever still hits pretty hard. The end of January is when I start yearning for some greenery, color, fragrance, new growth. The bamboo in the garden helps, but it's not quite the same. It's time for a recharge...
...compliments of one of the few local garden centers that keeps a greenhouse going each winter.
I love walking into the hot, humid space, where tropical houseplants are showcased. Plants with a more exotic look, like this "Bat Flower":
Prices are a bit steep, I assume because of low volume purchases and little demand during this time of year. Labels are apparently an afterthought, as is the case with this "tropical pitcher plant":
|This is the medium sized plant.|
The large pots of this plant were about $40, the medium ones were $20, and the small 4" pots were $12. Out of my price range for this trip. Still fun to look at though!
A "Midnight" ginger, also too pricey for my tastes:
A few orchids:
I don't pay much attention to orchids, as I'm concerned about becoming obsessed with them. I fear it may happen, as there are so many beautiful ones (as I saw last year).
There are a few non-hardy Aloes, Agaves, and Cactus, but I can't even get my cold-hardy ones into the garden, so what would I do with those?
I did find a couple of interesting plants that were in my price range that I couldn't resist, but the point of the day was just to recharge a bit, not to stock up on plants.
Tonight (as I write this -- last night as you're reading this) will be the coldest of the winter for us. I may need to hit the greenhouse again soon.