During my recent trip to Philadelphia, I took a jaunt over to Longwood Gardens to see the place bedecked in lights. It was pretty magical, and like everything at Longwood, it was impressive, glorious, and done on a large scale! My camera and I are not very skilled at nighttime photography so I am afraid these pictures don't do the lights or garden justice. The above installation was done by British artist and light designer, Bruce Munro. There were hundreds of small lights staked in the ground and the pastel shades of colored lights subtly changed in waves, making me think about how light can flicker and change over a landscape.
Looking out from the conservatory terraces.
In the conservatory, the rose room was in bloom and hung with stars.
Codiaeum variegatum, a cool foliage plant whose colors shine best in full sun. This plant is in the Euphorbiaceae Family and it turns out that I was drawn to all the Euphorbias in the room. This is not surprising really when you consider that this is the season for the Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima)!
White blooms of Amaryllis (Hippeastrum) 'Apple Blossom' floating in a sea of pink Kalanchoe blossfeldiana 'Loren.' The graceful arcs of white flowers belong to Euphorbia fulgens.
Here is a closer look at the Euphorbia fulgens, sporting its good looks.
...and another one, Euphorbia leucocephala.
A fine table set for many!