The Point of Origin

After an eight month journey around the world, 21+ hours in total sitting on planes, and a nice nap on Long Island, I’m finally back at Longwood gardens!  As a TRIAD fellow, I had the freedom to select where I wished to work, which was one of the easiest choices I could make. I started work in the conservatory on Monday and it felt as if I had never left. This week was also the final week I could see Longwood’s Christmas display (which Misho and Hitomi worked on) before we begin to remove everything on Monday in preparation for Orchid Extravaganza.

A Lagerstroemia tree painted red and adorned with birdhouses. Located in the Rosehouse.

A Lagerstroemia tree painted red and adorned with birdhouses. Located in the Rose house.

The last time I saw these roses, they were less than 10". They're growing up too fast!

The last time I saw these roses they were less than 10″. They’re growing up so fast!

The east conservatory. With Kalanchoe and Senecio planted in the beds.

The east conservatory. With Kalanchoe and Senecio planted in the beds.

My favorite decoration for Longwood's display. Phoenix wreathes created with cycad leaves ecalaptus leaves, and salix branches were painted  gold and hang in the ballroom.

My favorite decoration for Longwood’s display. Phoenix wreathes created with cycad leaves, eucalyptus leaves, and salix branches were painted gold and hang on display in the ballroom.

The children's garden maze with miniature poinsettia standards (trained to be the shape of a lollipop tree) .

The children’s garden maze with miniature poinsettia standards (trained to be the shape of a lollipop tree) .

The exhibition display area in the main conservatory.

The exhibition display area in the main conservatory.

Perfectly tiered poinsettias along with a poinsettia "tree"!

Perfectly tiered poinsettias along with a poinsettia “tree” in the center!

My favorite Christmas tree. The tree is decorated with protea flowers and glass strelitzia reginae (bird of paradise) flowers. Located in the Mediterranean house.

My favorite Christmas tree. The tree is decorated with Protea flowers and glass Strelitzia reginae (bird of paradise) flowers. Located in the Mediterranean house.

But I wasn’t just walking around taking pictures all day (honest!). There was plenty of work to be done!

Oh, hey! It's time to build character out in the snow!

Oh, hey! It’s time to build character out in the snow!

The lower levels of the palm house are not accessible to the public. It's always a treat to be cleaning up in this area.

The lower levels of the palm house are not accessible to the public. It’s always a treat to be cleaning up and watering in this area.

The Palm house seen on the upper level that guests access to.

The Palm house seen on the upper level that guests access to.

Re-potting Lycopodium. These  evergreen moss-like perennials have been in Longwood's collection since the 50's, so I was breaking a sweat to not kill them.

Re-potting Lycopodium. These evergreen moss-like perennials have been in Longwood’s collection since the 50’s, so I was breaking a sweat to not kill them.

One the repotted Lycopodium plants in its new container. The previous box was rotted out. The growing media is a mix bark, charcoal, and all purpose soil with sphagnum moss placed around the lining of the crate to prevent soil from flowing out of the gaps when watered.

One of the re-potted Lycopodium plants in its new container. When displayed, they will be mounted on a wall The previous box was rotted out. The growing media is a mix bark, charcoal, and all purpose soil with sphagnum moss placed around the lining of the crate to prevent soil from flowing out of the gaps when watered.

Any pieces broken off were placed in a seperate crate with sphagnum moss and pinned down to encourage rooting. Lycopodium is a slow growing plant, so this can take months.

Any pieces broken off were placed in a separate crate with sphagnum moss and pinned down to encourage rooting. Lycopodium is a slow growing plant, so this can take months.

After a calming and enjoyable week back into working in indoor display. I am ready for the intense week ahead with nonstop planting!

4 comments

  1. rhiannonharris2014

    I’m gutted not to see the Christmas display at Longwood. It looks spectacular. Hope the last leg of your TRIAD goes well!

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