Tropical cold

I love the contrast between the cold of winter

And the humid tropical temperature of visiting the greenhouse of the Botanical Gardens.

First off, you are greeted by a vibrant

Splash of colour as you go in…

Christmas red copy

Wandering around the more temperate parts of the greenhouse

You can see signs on some of the trees:

Happy Winter! I’ll wake up again when it’s spring.

(The same could be said for some of those people who don’t like winter…)

Happy winter

As you walk further back, you enter different regions — much hotter ones.

My camera lens fogged up and as it cleared,

I could just make out some kind of orchid

Swimming towards me like a fish with petals.

Fish flower

I fell in love with the fronds

And patterns of some tropical ferns.


Before I left, I spied the delicate

Pink tutu of a flower.

“All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.”
– Indian Proverb

PInk tutu copy

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81 responses

  1. oh wow…that had to be a nice respite from the cold…it was 78 here on saturday and we had an ice storm sunday…ha…what i did not get was the pretty flowers…lovely pics…ha on the fogging lens….def must have been warm…

    March 18, 2013 at 15:45

  2. Hi Fiona, That’s the way we feel when going to Biltmore during the winter (see my blog today)…Seeing the color is so nice after the drab winter outside. Great photos… Love that last one! WOW!

    March 18, 2013 at 15:50

  3. lovely flowers!

    March 18, 2013 at 16:00

  4. mtwaggin

    Ahhh what I wouldn’t give to have a botanical gardens around here to visit in the winter!

    March 18, 2013 at 16:03

  5. A wonderful way to escape winter for a few hours!! Such beautiful, colorful flowers and superb captures as always! Thanks for sharing the beauty — it’s much appreciated on yet another GRAY, grim day in Seattle!! But we are beginning to see tiny touches of colors around the neighborhood and there are colorful buds on some trees across the street! Happy signs of the approach of Spring!!! Hope you have a lovely week!

    March 18, 2013 at 16:05

  6. daryledelstein

    makes me feel as if spring might really be coming

    March 18, 2013 at 16:14

  7. Visiting the greenhouses during winter reminds us of all the beautiful colors that will be arriving once the white snows melt. Loved the photos.

    March 18, 2013 at 16:20

  8. TexWisGirl

    i do like that sign!:)

    March 18, 2013 at 16:23

  9. That fern shot is particularly beautiful. And I need to hang that sign on my neck.

    March 18, 2013 at 16:25

  10. Truly Marvelous!

    March 18, 2013 at 16:36

  11. wow! amazing!

    March 18, 2013 at 16:41

  12. Another fabulous series of photos, ones I enjoyed very much. Thank you!

    March 18, 2013 at 16:44

  13. I love the images, but I also love your insightful and charming words about them!

    March 18, 2013 at 16:52

  14. Beautiful!

    March 18, 2013 at 17:02

  15. Wow, so pretty! I love the bold colors of the flowers, especially the last pink one. Lovely!

    March 18, 2013 at 17:03

  16. Lovely flowers…but was that amaryllis really upside down?

    March 18, 2013 at 17:04

  17. Thanks for the splash of color on this cold, blustery day!

    March 18, 2013 at 17:05

  18. Goodness this is such a beautiful post!

    March 18, 2013 at 17:30

  19. lisaelskerarvid

    Elsker blomster😃

    March 18, 2013 at 18:40

  20. As I look out at the cold and white…I found this so refreshingly beautiful! sigh. Longing for spring here….

    March 18, 2013 at 18:49

  21. Helt underbara bilder! Jag önskar att jag kunde gå i ide just nu och vakna upp, när våren gjort entré. Vi har nu förberett oss för säsongens värsta snöstorm. SMHI och Eon har varnat – vi ska stanna inomhus och vara beredda på att elen försvinner…suck, suck. Längtar också efter att få njuuuta av ett tropiskt växthus…
    Önskar dig en fortsatt skön vecka!

    March 18, 2013 at 19:12

  22. Beautiful flowers!
    I especially love the last one.
    So nicely photographed.

    March 18, 2013 at 20:20

  23. I just love that Indian proverb…will and onto it if you don’t mind:-) what a lovely treat to visit a hot house in winter…you are giving me ideas of visiting the Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh!

    March 18, 2013 at 22:24

  24. Ah yes! A tropical paradise under glass sure does lift one’s winter spirit! Beautiful photos.

    March 18, 2013 at 22:53

  25. Pat

    Beautiful blossoms!

    March 19, 2013 at 00:02

  26. I love the pink flower!

    March 19, 2013 at 00:07

  27. Lovely flowers and I like the sign! I am so ready for spring! Beautiful photos, have a happy week!

    March 19, 2013 at 01:18

  28. Wonderful shots from your visit to the Botanical Garden Greenhouse. The vivid colors are so beautiful.

    March 19, 2013 at 01:22

  29. Those are beautiful splashes of color!

    March 19, 2013 at 02:23

  30. Delightfully spring-like!

    March 19, 2013 at 02:43

  31. Very cool winter shots with such lovely flowers.

    March 19, 2013 at 03:59

  32. What a breath of fresh air that must have been..such color in the midst of winter. Our nearest Botanical Garden is 4 plus hours away..if the train went there I might think of going:)

    March 19, 2013 at 04:57

  33. Such a splash of colors! Makes a change from your snow posts!

    March 19, 2013 at 05:52

  34. Beautiful flowers and photos, very nice sign wish I could do that sleep the whole winter and wake up at spring:-)

    March 19, 2013 at 07:23

  35. Beautiful. I suspect I would MUCH prefer the climate outside though. Hot and steamy is not my friend.

    March 19, 2013 at 07:53

  36. WAU – where some great pictures you show:) Hanne Bente

    March 19, 2013 at 08:05

  37. wow… beautiful photographs. Keep it up.

    March 19, 2013 at 08:06

  38. indrani

    Very colorful, so different from your other posts.

    March 19, 2013 at 09:14

  39. Wonderful photographs, beautiful colours. I am greeting

    March 19, 2013 at 10:17

  40. What a wonderful change of scene in the middle of the winter!

    March 19, 2013 at 11:09

  41. Lens fog in a hot house! Its such a pain!

    Cheers – Stewart M – Melbourne

    PS: Nice pictures

    March 19, 2013 at 11:24

  42. That was lovely!

    March 19, 2013 at 12:26

  43. Lovely photos.

    March 19, 2013 at 12:38

  44. These are beautiful photos. I also like the sign on the tree.

    March 19, 2013 at 13:11

  45. Gorgeous!

    March 19, 2013 at 13:35

  46. Beautiful colours!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

    March 19, 2013 at 13:49

  47. Lovely photos! That pink flower is stunning.:)

    March 19, 2013 at 13:57

  48. Nice job on the vibrant colors and patterns. Simply lovely!

    March 19, 2013 at 14:06

  49. Fine blomster! Sommetider vil jeg også sove till våren! Takk for besøk!

    March 19, 2013 at 14:27

  50. I would stay in the greenhouse where it’s warm and admire the flowers !

    March 19, 2013 at 15:23

  51. Al

    A perfect place to go in the depths of winter, beautiful warm photos!

    March 19, 2013 at 15:55

  52. Lovely! Sure wish I had a greenhouse just for a winter backyard retreat.

    March 19, 2013 at 16:19

  53. Those flowers are gorgeous. Beautiful pictures! Greetings.

    March 19, 2013 at 16:25

  54. Excellent shots of some red hot flowers.

    March 19, 2013 at 18:15

  55. Fabulous photos and i liked the closing shots! Hope the sprite of spring caught up.

    March 19, 2013 at 18:17

  56. The red wakes me up like a ringing bell. I love the pink dog too!

    March 19, 2013 at 18:42

  57. Lovely shots!

    March 19, 2013 at 19:26

  58. These are all so lovely, from the brilliant splashes of red and pink to the delicate laciness of the ferns! And that yellow orchid really does look like a fish swimming toward you out of murky waters! That may be my favorite, just for its whimsy.:-)

    March 19, 2013 at 20:00

  59. JM

    The sign seems to have been made for me! LOL! Lovely close-up shots.

    March 19, 2013 at 20:18

  60. Cool colours…..häftigt!!! Snow is falling, suck!!

    March 19, 2013 at 22:58

  61. Season comes and go…

    March 20, 2013 at 00:45

  62. What a lovely season. The last photo is awesome.:)

    March 20, 2013 at 02:32

  63. Great pictures! Love the fern!

    March 20, 2013 at 02:58

  64. Happy Tuesday!

    March 20, 2013 at 03:42

  65. The red is a real warm welcome! Nice!

    March 20, 2013 at 03:55

  66. Gorgeous! I can almost feel the warmth emanating from that red flower.:)

    March 20, 2013 at 05:39

  67. J Cosmo Newbery

    I definitely need one of those signs!

    March 20, 2013 at 11:52

  68. Willow

    My first visit to you lovely blog . These a fabulous photos. I love the crispness and the sensation of being able to feel the texture, the vibrancy was amazing and the lighter hue of the orchid was so wonderfully soft. I am just getting ready to delve into buying a cameras may I ask what you use. I am very much an amateur photographer, but it is now a passion. My blog posts photos have been for the most all from my cell phone phone as I post from my gadget phone, soon to change.

    March 20, 2013 at 14:00

    • Thank you for your kind comment.

      I use a Canon 500D with a zoom lens that can also take pretty good close-up shots.

      March 21, 2013 at 07:59

  69. 9acresdesigns

    Lens fog is an issue in a greenhouse! I had to wait about 30 minutes before shooting when I went one day! I love how they do resemble fish in an aquarium, though!

    March 20, 2013 at 15:03

  70. Funny how tropical splashes of color can brighten up the day and fog the lens at the same time.

    March 20, 2013 at 15:27

  71. Lovely flowers and the last quote about seeds is perfect for the time of year.

    March 20, 2013 at 17:01

  72. Very pretty, I like the fern and the pink flower!

    March 20, 2013 at 22:59

  73. OOOo, I cannot wait to see a FLOWER!

    Lovely. X

    March 20, 2013 at 23:07

  74. so beautiful color spots – love your post and your little story!!

    March 21, 2013 at 07:23

  75. Absolutely stunning photos! I particularly love that pink camellia!

    March 21, 2013 at 07:35

  76. A beautiful selection of blooms! I love visiting the botanical gardens in my area.

    March 22, 2013 at 14:25

  77. Your photos are beautiful and amazing. Thank you for sharing.

    March 25, 2013 at 05:42

  78. I missed this post earlier (LOL, I’m sure you missed me among your hundreds of commenters ;>))….but I’m really glad I came to it. Beautiful; I haven’t visited a greenhouse for a long time (unless you count the outdoors here on a humid day). I’m glad I checked for posts I missed last week when we were away for a while. I really need to find a substitute for the Google Reader, which is going away apparently.

    March 26, 2013 at 21:44

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