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.