Triumph Tulip “Princess Irene.”
The East Room. If you look closely, you will notice some curious breaks in the leaves to the right. This extreme wide-angle shot was made from multiple photographs, and the leaves were moving in the breeze.
Poor Man’s Orchid: Schizanthus × wisetonensis “Star Parade.”
Double daffodil “Westward.”
Delphinium elatum “Guardian Blue.”
Late tulip (Tulipa tarda).
Trumpet daffodil “Dutch Master.”
Toadflax: Linaria reticulata “Flamenco.”
Meconopsis “Lingholm,” planted in the Palm House for the Spring Flower Show.
“Frizzle Sizzle Blue Swirl”
These pictures were all taken with the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z3, which, as old Pa Pitt never tires of mentioning, he bought for 99¢.
Father Pitt disclaims all responsibility for the names of these cultivars.
“Hip Hop Cranbunny”
“Spring Matrix Midnight Glow”
It seems to Father Pitt that it is about time for an orchid, so here is a Phragmipedium hybrid.
Chocolate comes from this tree, Theobroma cacao, here seen growing in the Fern Room at Phipps Conservatory. Each of those fruits bears a number of bitter seeds, known as “cocoa beans,” from which chocolate is made. The Phipps tree is unusually productive.
Yesterday Father Pitt got a preview of the show, which is up to the usual standard of whimsy and spectacle.