Friday, January 6, 2012

The Eden Project Revisited

I went searching for a photograph of a specific plant and found myself wound up in the archives. I was newly captured by pictures I took eight months ago at The Eden Project biodomes and on this cold and bleary day I was pretty happy to be gazing upon one amazing plant after another. Here are a few gems from this glorious visit last March.

Above is a photograph of the waterfall cascading from the "top" of the walk inside the tropical plant biodome. The artificial tropics sound pretty good in January.

Solandra grandiflora
Incredible bloom! Described as a scandent (scrambling) shrub- a phrase I will make sure to use again.

Echium webbii

 Tulbaghia simmleri

This marvelous plant had no name attached to it. For Christmas I received a great Encyclopedia of tropical plants and as I was casually flipping through its pages I came across the wonderful and vast genus of Ixora, which this flower resembles (though its leaves do not). This genus has over 500 species attached, so it is unlikely that I could pin this one down (if it is indeed Ixora). Any suggestions are always welcome.

An incredible orchid and if you look closely you will see it is covered in small black ants.

Cistus creticus var. tauricus
Love the rock rose!

Convolvulus cneorum

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  1. I love the Solandra grandiflora, and I had not yet come across the word scandent to describe a climbing shrub.

    I have seen the yellow flower at our local conservatory, Phipps, but am not sure of its name. Its leaves look like the Daphne family to me... I will check on it next visit. :)

    Happy New Year

  2. Thanks for your comments!

    Julie, please do let me know what you find out regarding that plant.

    Happy New Year!