Yet Another Beautiful Orchid

The Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden is one of the premier conservatories in The United Sates. We are members and visit a lot yet each time I visit the Orchid Room I see an orchid in bloom that I have never seen before like the one pictured below

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Yet Another Beautiful Orchid

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Phipps Fall Flower Show

The Fall Flower Show at the Phipps had a little something for everyone. The model railroad and fairytale rooms for the children, halloween rom for the the ghouls and plenty of fall colors for plant enthusiasts. The show ended last week to make room for the annual holiday extravaganza. A few scenes below from our journey through the conservatory.

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Autumn at The Phipps

Autumn at The Phipps

Autumn at The Phipps

The Orchid Room at The Phipps Conservatory

We are members of the Phipps so we visit a few times a year. Every time I visit the Orchid Room I find something new. I have never seen this one before. It almost looks like the Fisherman”s Basket wildflower but is even more delicate.

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Spectacular Orchid

Our Pittsburgh Garden–Rembrandt Tulip

Our garden in Regent Square is starting to look good after three years of work. Each year the deer have come up from Frick Park and eaten our tulips. A few have survived their evil appetite. The trick is to plant them surrounded by Daffodils.

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Rembrandt Tulip

Life Finds Away

If you rent a car and drive about 45 minutes south of Cancún you will come to the wonderful little town of Puerto Morales. More on that in the future. Outside of the town off the highway is a hard to find botanical garden Jardin Botanico Dr. Alfredo Barrera Marin It is a fascinating visit and stroll through the Jungle.

It is not an easy hike, the ground is quite uneven in spots and you either have to cross a suspension bridge or hike up a steep hill. Well worth it though. There is allegedly a lot of wildlife but we only saw birds. Of course there were some ruins but also examples of how ancient Mayan’s lived. Inexpensive, uncrowded and very unique. Bring bug spray, it is the Jungle!

All through the park there were examples of species survival as this little tree tries to grow out of a mangrove root.

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Life Finds a Way

Life Finds a Way

Mums The Word

Its the time of the year that you see chrysanthemums popping up all over gardens in the Northeast. In some zones, all mums are hardy perennials. In Pittsburgh you will see two types and hardy ones will be marked as winter hardy in nurseries.

With global warming though our winters are becoming milder and even non hardy mums may winter over. So we will leave ours in the ground until spring and see which ones survive. The colors are very vibrant for weeks.

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Mums The Word

Gerbera Daisy

We always considered Gerbera daisies to be annuals. However the U.S. Department of Agriculture says the plant is hardy in zones 8 to 11. Although Pittsburgh is a Zone 6 we have had very mild winters due to global warning and our daisies now seem to be perennials. I hope it is another mild winter so I can see this flower again next summer.

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Gerbera Daisy