It’s Springtime…

…Indoors at Longwood Gardens! Our first day of spring was met with a snowstorm. It’s now nearly melted from existence and (hopefully) ending winter.

Hello Spring!

Hello Spring!

With the warmer weather around, we can now prepare the outdoor water lilly display for its opening in June.

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We have to remove the hardy water lilly varieties to one pool as we drain and clean the others.

The hardy water lillies are dug out from their large crates and placed in a smaller crate until the pools are clean and the older soil is replace for a proper replanting.

The hardy water lillies are dug out from their large crates and placed in a smaller crate until the pools are clean and the older soil is replace for a proper replanting.

As the pools are being drained, we also have to catch the mosquito fish so they can be placed back in the ponds.

As the pools are being drained, we also have to catch the mosquito fish so they can be placed back in the ponds.

Inside, we're repotting the tropical varieties.

Inside, we’re repotting the tropical varieties.

A temporary tank is set up in our cymbidium house in the back of our conservatory. The pools are kept to 80 degrees.

A temporary tank is set up in our Cymbidium house in the back of our conservatory. The pools are kept to 80 degrees.

The reason why a temporary tank is needed. The Victorias are continually being repotted and are gradually taking up all available room in the tank house.

The reason why a temporary tank is needed. The Victorias are continually being repotted and are gradually taking up all available room in the tank house.

While the crocus are just beginning to emerge outside, there are many flowers in bloom right now in our conservatories!

I want to believe that whoever named the grex of this Phalaenopsis was doing so in commentary to people who do not follow the correct standards for the International Code of Nomenclature of Cultivated Plants, as the cultivar name is nonsensical.

I want to believe that whoever chose the grex name of this Phalaenopsis was doing so in commentary to people who do not follow the correct standards for the International Code of Nomenclature of Cultivated Plants, as the cultivar name is nonsensical.

I have been taking care of a Theobroma cacao (coco tree) in one of the back production areas and it is now setting flowers. Soon I will make my own chocolate and be sorely disappointed to its taste as it will have no sugar and taste bitter.

I have been taking care of a Theobroma cacao (coco tree) in one of the back production areas and it is now setting flowers. Soon I will make my own chocolate and be sorely disappointed to its taste as it will have no sugar and taste bitter.

Our Meconopsis (Himalayan Poppies) plants are now on display. This guarantees to attract guests.

Our Meconopsis (Himalayan Poppies) plants are now on display. This guarantees to attract guests.

If they were planted in every bed of the main conservatory,  it would be impossible to maneuver around.

If they were planted in every bed of the main conservatory, it would be impossible to maneuver around.

Echium candicans 'Select Blue' in the East Conservatory

Echium candicans ‘Select Blue’ with Forsythia x intermedia in the background.

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In the corner of the Banana house is a large vine that isn’t noticed until it blooms during this time. Strongylondon macrobotrys (Jade-vine).

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