A tropical treat for those still in the grip of wintry weather. The Lucile Halsell Conservatory at San Antonio Botanical Garden hosts special exhibits such as the holiday poinsettias featured in my post here. Crotons, Bromeliads and other tropicals welcome with bright color all year, especially nice when things are a bit dull outside. In the heat of summer, it's refreshingly cool in here where the temperature is kept the same year round.
An enormous epiphyte tree is the centerpiece of the exhibit.
Tillandsia and Spanish Moss which is our native Tillandsia.
Bromeliads covering the trunk
Anthurium and Crinum at its feet
Crinum thrive outdoors in our San Antonio climate, indoors it's blooming out of season.
Forgot to check the tag on this bloom, it's a beauty.
Exquisite Orchids near the entrance.
Nepenthes, pitcher plants in bloom.
Nepenthes are sold locally but require a humid jungle greenhouse environment so I prefer to enjoy the plants here.
Fascinating carnivorous plant
Can't get enough of these bright Crotons on such an amazing scale.
Sprays of white orchids cool bright colors
Moy Grande Hibiscus, developed here at the gardens, is the signature flower of the San Antonio Botanical Garden.
I think this is a plumeria though I didn't keep track of labels on this visit. Just the right colors to end this Valentine's weekend post.
Happy Valentine's Day to all my gardening friends!