Sherman Garden's Lush Tropical Greenhouse
A visit to Sherman Gardens in Corona del Mar. I've been there several times, but I've never seen it look better than it did on this visit. Here's a post on a previous visit back in 2011.
The greenhouse now has many more, and much larger, plants. For a plant lover, seeing so many healthy, beautifully nurtured plants is a joy. The steamy tropical greenhouse in particular was gorgeous.
Steamy indeed. I had to wipe my camera lens between shots. The next photo shows how the lens fogged up. The plant is Acalypha hispida
Ah, lens wiped, photo better. Ferns...
Anyone know this one? Likely Costus malortieanus:
Ginger? This maybe another member of the Costus genus. Commonly known as the "spiral gingers" for the way the flowers spiral around the bloom stem.
Koi pond. Viscosity Glass Studios provided the glass decorations.
Bromileads, Ferns, Calathea...
Dramatic Torch Ginger, Etlingera elatior:
Anthurium with the stunning foliage of Cordyline terminalis 'Miss Andrea' (Thanks for the ID, Mr. Elicker):
For a gardener more accustomed to xeric plants, these tropical plants are exotic, and the greenhouse's humid atmosphere even more so. (The heat was all too familiar.) A delight, though. The world of plants is huge and endlessly amazing.