Victoria Lilies Are Back at Phipps

Problems with pumping equipment, according to Phipps staff, have kept the famous Victoria Lilies out of the Victoria Room for years. But now they are back and in full bloom.

Cameras: Konica-Minolta DiMAGE Z3 and Canon PowerShot A590 (hacked).

Blue Hyacinth in Phipps Conservatory

Camera: Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z3.

More of the Spring Flower Show at Phipps

The Broderie.

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.”

Camera: Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z3.

Himalayan Blue Poppies at the Spring Flower Show, Phipps Conservatory

Meconopsis “Lingholm,” planted in the Palm House for the Spring Flower Show.

Camera: Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z3.

Pansies at the Spring Flower Show, Phipps Conservatory

“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”

Phragmipedium Memoria Dick Clements in Phipps Conservatory

It seems to Father Pitt that it is about time for an orchid, so here is a Phragmipedium hybrid.

Camera: Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z3.

Chocolate in Its Raw Form

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.

Camera: Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z3.