The Longwood Conservatories are the centerpiece when snow is on the ground as it was for my visit last weekend. Inside the East Conservatory brilliant blue blossoms, hydrangeas and the spires of Plectranthus, ring the pool with its huge pots white and yellow orchids.
As befits the Orchid Show presently on view, this is one of a pair towering kiosks of Dendrobium orchids flanking the stone steps to the Fern Floor. Each orchid is in its own pot slotted into the kiosk form.
Although photographed in a different part of the greenhouses, you can see the spires of Red-hot Poker, Kniphofia, in the pink walkway plants as well. It acts as a color foil and a bold form among the more frilly pinks.
This attention-getter looks like it is bleeding purple, doesn’t it? The center of the plant, Neoregalia ‘Purple Wave’, holds water above a cluster of small florets and gives this staining impression which extends often to drops of the same color on the leaves.
Walking back towards our original vantage, you can just see a hint of the brilliant blue flowers framed by these huge palms. The sound of the cascading water soothes and quiets the sounds of the guests. Of course, people will always throw coins in. What’s up with that?