I had a wander round the Eden Project’s nursery this evening to see what was in flower, as I hadn’t had a mooch around for a while, and I wasn’t disappointed! There were tropical delights of orchids, giant water lilies, sacred lotuses and vanilla as well as stunning architectural plants like the Bird of Paradise flower.
Being able to walk out of my front door and marvel at beautiful plants that most people have to travel for miles to see is what I love about living at Watering Lane Nursery. It may be in a remote location and I curse every time I have to drive six miles to the nearest shop when I’ve forgotten milk but the plants more than make up for that.
2. Cattleya skinneri – a stunning, purple orchid, the first Cattleya hybrid was made in England in 1852.
6. Vanilla planifolia – yes, ordinary vanilla! It’s an amazing plant with so many uses, including a flavouring agent, in perfume and in medicines.
8. Bulbophyllum – Orchidaceae is the largest plant family in the world. There are 30,000 species!
11. Strelitzia reginae – also known as Bird of Paradise. It was first introduced into Britain in 1773 by a fellow ginger, Francis Masson, who was the first official plant hunter of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Let me know if you have or grow any unusual plants yourself, I’d love to hear about them. In the meantime I hope you enjoy these particular flowering delights 🙂