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Du Pont Longwood Gardens – Flowers 1

The Conservatory offers so much to see that it is only possible to describe it in segments.  One attraction is the Orchid House.

Orchids

I am constantly challenged by how many different varieties this one plant family includes.  Here are just a few examples of this highly colorful and wildly divergent group of plants.  The subtle shading of these white orchids offer a sophisticated alternative to the dramatic colors and forms of its relatives that follow.

White Cattleya Orchid

White Cattleya Orchid

Dendrobium Orchid, and several of it’s cousins

Dendrobium Orchid, and several of it’s cousins

Dendrobium Orchid, and several of it’s cousins

Dendrobium Orchid, and several of it’s cousins

Dendrobium Orchid, and several of it’s cousins

Dendrobium Orchid, and several of it’s cousins

Dendrobium Orchid, and several of it’s cousins

Dendrobium Orchid, and several of it’s cousins

Dendrobium Orchid, and several of it’s cousins

Dendrobium Orchid, and several of it’s cousins

Dendrobium Orchid, and several of it’s cousins

Dendrobium Orchid, and several of it’s cousins

Dendrobium Orchid, and several of it’s cousins

Dendrobium Orchid, and several of it’s cousins

Dendrobium Orchid, and several of it’s cousins

Dendrobium Orchid, and several of it’s cousins

Chrysanthemums and Astors

The Conservatory has a number of seasonal displays, and the focus during my visit highlighted the Chrysanthemum.  The conservatory frequently display plants in manmade forms, such as the chrysanthemum mushrooms shown below.  I also offer a couple of images here of mums and some pink asters.

Chrysanthemum Mushrooms

Chrysanthemum Mushrooms

Chrysanthemums and Astors

Chrysanthemums and Astors

Chrysanthemums and Astors

Chrysanthemums and Astors

Chrysanthemums and Astors

Chrysanthemums and Astors

Chrysanthemums and Astors

Chrysanthemums and Astors

References:

Longwood Gardens –

Longwood Gardens

Longwood Gardens (Wikipedia)

The Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries

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