We spent St. Sylvester day, December 31st, at IOA (Island of Adventure, Universal Studios Theme Park in Orlando), ringing in the new year with live bands and lots of toots and cheering.
Of course I could not help it but notice the park's plantings ;)
|Universal Studios Island of Adventure|
I love Dombeyas, and they were planted everywhere
Just look at this stunning fishtail palm frond!
Bauhinia galpinii (Red Orchid Bush) is flowering this time of year
|Dwarf Red Orchid Tree|
A red Powderpuff (Calliandra haematocephala), trained into a small tree. I will do this with my white Powderpuff. At the moment it is a large bush sprawling where ever it wants to.
I'll get it in shape ;)
Arriving at Hogsmeade
|Hogsmeade at IOA|
The snow-covered roof tops of the Harry Potter village at IOA
loved the screaming mandrakes, but I don't think I will plant those in Myrtle Glen ;)
one of several large Nepenthes planters
at the Ollivanders Wand Shop ...
I had to have Hermione's Time-Turner. How awesome would it be to magically get an extra hour here and there
This creature, a Thing in Seuss' Landing, wears a hat of orange bulbine. If you look closely you will see the single flower spike. Adorable!
Even the palm trees were decorated
Plantings are nice, but don't compare to the plantings at SeaWorld or Disney. But this is just my opinion.
Btw, I love the butterbeer ;)