Today I’m happy to be sending you all some lovely flowers to brighten your day! On our way back from Sanibel, we stopped at the Naples Botanical Garden. This lovely garden features plants from the tropics and subtropics between the latitudes of 26 degrees North and 26 degrees South that you can see highlighted on the map:
The 170 acres include Florida, Asian, Brazilian and Caribbean Gardens, as well as an orchid garden, water garden, children’s garden and butterfly house. The paths are exceptionally ADA friendly and they have the most comfortable scooters I’ve ever tried available for a small rental fee. Ok, it’s time to grab a cuppa, sit back and let your imagination take flight with these floral pieces of eye candy…
Let’s start with some of my favorite flowers – orchids!
If you’ve been here before you know I have a fondness for these flowers and how they often strike up the imagination’s pareidolia…
Pareidolia – the human ability to see shapes or make pictures out of randomness.
… like the big ‘noses’ of the Cattleya orchids:
– that sometimes look like puppies!
… or the amazing Oncidium orchids, also known as ‘dancing ladies’.:
For my cat loving friends… do you see what I saw in these next two?
Another of my favorite flowers is the water lily and there were tons of them.
I was especially delighted to see the amazing Victoria Regia (Victoria amazona) water lilies in the Brazilian Garden. It reminded me of the ones I saw in the South America.These are the largest waterlilies on earth and can only be found in the wild in the Amazon rain forest. The leaves can grow to some 8′ across and are so buoyant they can support the weight of a small child or an evenly distributed load of nearly 100 lbs!
The butterfly garden was aflutter with these winged ‘flowers’ and I was happy to see several monarch butterflies.
Have you ever seen a monarch chrysalis? The little pearls of gold amaze me… Looks like they got a hold of some of my crafting supplies and added some bling!
Speaking of crafting… we’re always looking for fun and lovely color combinations and there is plenty of inspiration in the Creator’s color palette:
This one had a sign: Aechmea “Blue Tango”:
I may have to bookmark this post to use for color inspiration on those days when the brain fog rolls in thick and heavy. lol
Ok, lets close with some interesting and unusual plants and flowers – like this fruit from the Toad Tree (Tabernaemontana elegans Apocynaceae) from Zimbabwe. If you do a Google Search on Toad Tree, you can see a picture of when the fruit bursts open and really looks like a wide mouthed toad!
I hope you enjoyed the pics! If you did, I highly recommend including this beautiful garden on your next trip to the southwest coast of Florida!
Hopefully I’ll be back to crafting again real soon. Thank you for stopping by today. Ya’ll take care and stay warm!
– D. Ann
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