My camera malfunctioned at the end of day one , Garden Bloggers Fling . I have added the point-and-shoot to the Permanent Electronics Packing List . It was somewhat liberating to be camera-less for 2 days of garden touring, but now that I have been liberated once, I don't care to be so again. Thanks to Alison at Bonney Lassie who did in fact have the forethought to pack an extra camera , and kindly allowed me to borrow it for Saxon Holts' photo workshop on Saturday morning. Are there any people better than gardeners ? How splendid it would be if we ruled the world.
The point here is that I was unable to take images at The Hall of Flowers in San Francisco so I am reverting to the previous weekends visit to New York -my camera was fully operational at the Planting Fields Arboretum, and this is my substitute conservatory gig.Over the years I've visited a fair number of conservatory facilities, and it seemed that they were uniformly dusty and ill-maintained spaces , full of mundane plants that were not very well cared for ; San Francisco was no exception. In 1999 an 8 year restoration began on this Victorian landmark, and I am ashamed to say this was my first visit since it reopened . It won't be my last ..and next time I'll have my camera.
So this winding dissertation brings us back to Long Island, and a first rate glass house at the the Planting Fields.
The bromiliad displays were particularly well done, the Spanish moss adding a romantic touch .
All was pristine.
There was a particularly nice Begonia collection.
Nice containers too.
.Love this guy..a cycad Zamia furfuacea maybe ?
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