This was my second trip to Longwood, and as much as I love my family, I am glad I could get none of them to join me. Unhampered by having to worry about the comfort of others, I was free to stroll and linger at will. My first stop out of the visitor center was the Rose Arbor, where I didn't even notice the roses.
|Elymus arenarius, Caladium, Agave americana (?),|
Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Dipt in Wine' (?), and my favorite palm, Bismarckia nobilis
|Aeonium 'Schwarzkopf', Agave americana (?),|
Dichondra argentea 'Silver Falls', Bismarckia nobilis and pink Angelonia
|Lisanthus and Capsicum annuum 'Purple Flash'|
|The red trees in the background are Euphorbia cotinifolia which are more tropical than Pennsylvania. I was occupationally jealous of Longwood's abilitly to store them for the winter.|
|Caladium and more Euphorbia cotinifolia (this time in shrub form)|
|I was smitten with the new-to-me Gomphrena 'Fireworks'. |
I liked its wispy upright habit and its 4' tall height.
|There was a fountain in the middle of the walk surrounded by tree-form Buddleja alternifolia.|
|Dahlia 'Mystic Spirit' was planted in a sea of |
coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides) whose name I failed to note.
|Allamanda cathartica 'Hendersonii'|
|Pale yellow Lilium, Rudbeckia, Canna and Hibiscus acetocella 'Mahogany Splendor'|
|Plectranthus argentatus 'Silver Shield' (I think), Lilium 'Zamebesi', Brugmansia, |
and Hydrangea paniculata
At the end of all that color is a hedge with a portal cut through leading to quieter, greener and more natural parts of the garden. We will head there in the next post.
(I will not be posting every picture, but if you would like to view my complete set on Flickr, you can click here.)