Since tropical storm Debby is drenching us with endless rain, I dug out some pictures taken at our local botanical garden, Harry P. Leu Gardens, earlier this year.
The rose garden is named after Mrs. Mary Jane Leu, and since 1944 roses have been added to this collection holding now over 215 varieties and 650 roses. All roses grown here are suited for Central Florida's growing conditions.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, Floribunda
Many different sculptures are displayed throughout the gardens, one of my favorites, Bride and Groom (Peter Oftinoski)
Leu Gardens Lake Shore, a great place to spot wildlife such as alligators, turtles, and different birds.
Lovely foliage on this Silk Tree 'Summer Chocolate'
Leu Gardens has many themed gardens with the different plant collections, but my favorite is the tropical and shaded garden with Gingers and Heliconias, all kinds of aroids, bananas, bromeliads, calatheas, ferns, and so forth. Just like a tropical rainforest!
Moss covered rocks are by the stream in the tropical garden
A plant I am lusting after, the Alpinia Henryi, with its beautiful soft pink flowers
And the Pomegranate blossoms are like a red traffic light
Leu Gardens vine collection holds over 150 different vines. A couple of years back I found some seeds under this Orchid vine and it is now growing in my garden as well
And last, a picture of DH with an Aristolochia flower. The tag said 'Aristolochia gigantea'. I grow that vine but mine has flowers not half that size. Must be a different variety, no?
If you dear Reader have any information on this vine, please post a comment :)