Thursday, December 12, 2013

Taste of the Tropics

Sometimes you just want to get away from the cold. When the mood strikes, I can drive for just a few minutes and reach the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. I was there recently. Come along, have a peek!

 Blue Skyflower




 Papayas


 Look at the color of this tropical hibisicus!


 The "Living Wall" in the front lobby


 Amaryllis


Paperwhite (oh, they smell good!) and Amaryllis

Just a brief visit to a nice warm place where the flowers are beautiful and coats are not needed! A great respite for winter weary folk!


20 comments:

Cranberry Morning said...

How gorgeous! That's where I need to spend all of January and February. :-)

Acorn to Oak said...

Wow! I'm amazed they can grow all that in Des Moines...even in a greenhouse. Seems like it would be too cold. They're all SO pretty! What a wonderful place to visit in the middle of winter! :-)

Bernideen said...

Oh how beautiful Beth. You have reminded me that I have never gone to the Denver garden! I need to go and what better time than the dead of winter!

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing:@)

Sylvia said...

Thanks for the tour, Beth, the flowers are so pretty.

Sunray Gardens said...

Very pretty. Love the colors in that living wall.
Cher Sunray Gardens

Rettabug said...

Ooooo, how luscious! Thanks for taking us along, Beth...I would LOVE to be there in person.

My Mom loved Amaryllis...her oldest son would send them to her from his post in Hawaii.

Funny that you like the smell of paperwhites...I think they STINK!! Reminds me of old schoolhouse paste...yuck! LOL

Beth Edwards said...

wow, gorgeous. i bet they smell just heavenly. i love fall & winter but i really miss my florals. ( :

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Lucky you to have a luscious place like this to escape to. Do you think the purple vining flower could be part of the streptocarpus family Beth?
I'm afraid I have to agree with Rett, I don't like the smell of paperwhites. :-)
Hugs,
Judith

Vicki @ lifeinmyemptynest said...

I need some warmth - it has been so cold and it's only mid December! Great photos :-)

Blondie's Journal said...

What a nice respite from the cold and gloom this must be! Beautiful plants and the papaya makes me want to head to an island!! lol!

XO,
Jane

Liz said...

Thanks for sharing the great get-away! It must have smelled wonderful in there!

meowmeowmans said...

Thanks for the pick-me-up, Beth! I just came back in from shoveling the snow! LOL!

My Little Home and Garden said...

I'd better be careful or your tropical post will melt the snow that is falling right now. That must be a lovely place to visit, Beth.

Tete said...

Just what I need to look at this morning as the wind howls out there. Snow covered here for at least a few more days. That first one looks like its of the snap dragon family...love it. I should have forced paper whites this year so they would be opening now. They always looked so pretty by the sink...making a note for next year. I might still get some and have them for January.
Stay warm!

Caren Gittleman said...

Ahhhh I can feel Spring now!

Donna said...

What a warm and gorgeous spot to be able to visit...you are very lucky.

Cindy said...

OOOOOh so lucky a short drive takes you to such a lovely place. I purchased a white Amaryllis bulb this year and I'm watching it grow.
Cindy - http://besidethetrail.ca/hatsnhospitalitea/moments/christmas-cookie-kazoozle/

KathyB. said...

What true beauty. I was thinking it must smell heavenly in there too.

kitty said...

What a gorgeousness spot for a visit, Beth. You must've felt so refreshed after seeing all that beauty.

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