Category: Phipps Conservatory

  • Chocolate in Its Raw Form

    Chocolate comes from this tree, Theobroma cacao, here seen growing in the Fern Room at Phipps Conservatory. Each of those fruits bears a number of bitter seeds, known as “cocoa beans,” from which chocolate is made. The Phipps tree is unusually productive.

    Camera: Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z3.
  • The Phipps Spring Flower Show Opens Today

    Yesterday Father Pitt got a preview of the show, which is up to the usual standard of whimsy and spectacle.

  • Phalaenopsis Hybrids in Phipps Conservatory

    These orchids are identified only as “Phalaenopsis Group,” which probably means that somewhere along the line the identifying tags were lost.

    Camera: Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z3.
  • Phipps in the Winter

    Camera: Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z3.

    One of the great challenges of landscape design is to find some way to make the landscape interesting in the winter, when deciduous leaves are gone and there are almost no flowers. Bright red berries certainly add a lot of winter interest, as we see above.

    In the picture below, the tree with the very interesting skeleton is a Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides), a conifer that loses its leaves in winter.

     Camera: Kodak EasyShare Z1485 IS.
  • Winter Orchids at Phipps Conservatory

    Every season is colorful in the Orchid Room. Here are some of the orchids that were blooming just after Christmas.

    Dendrobium “Sokol Blue.”

    Liparis condylobulbon “Henry Shaw.”

    An unidentified hybrid (there was no tag) that Father Pitt would guess probably involves Miltonia and Odontoglossum.

    Paphiopedilum Whitemoor “Norriton” FCC AOS. The “FCC AOS” means it was awarded a First Class Certificate by the American Orchid Society, which means the AOS thinks this cultivar is pretty peachy.

    Dendrobium bracteosum.

     

     Camera: Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z3.

     

  • Poinsettias at the Phipps Winter Flower Show

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    Breeders have been working on our friend the poinsettia. There is no need to be content with plain old red when you can have gnarled pink or candy-striped.

    For extra credit, if you visit Phipps during the show (which continues through January 11), point out to your friends the other exceedingly dissimilar species of Euphorbia, the genus that includes poinsettias, that are planted along with the poinsettias as a sort of botanical in-joke.

    Camera: Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z3.
  • Phipps at Dusk

    The exterior of the Victoria Room, late on a midwinter afternoon.

    Camera: Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z3.
  • Winter Flower Show at Phipps

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    The Winter Flower Show continues through January 11.

  • Croton Leaves in the Stove Room at Phipps

    Garden Croton (Codiaeum variegatum) in the Stove Room, Phipps Conservatory. Like many tropical plants in the horticultural trade, it carries an outdated genus name (Croton) along with it as its common name.

  • Butterflies at Phipps

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    The Butterfly Forest in the Stove Room at Phipps is aflutter with butterflies all summer. Above, a Julia (Dryas iulia); below, a White Peacock (Anartia jatrophae).

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