Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Tropical Treat

I suppose it's time to bump off our Chelsea coverage from the top of our blog posts with another look into the Geneva Botanical Garden, focusing this time on their Tropical Glasshouse.



Before that, a little update on what's been happening in our garden in the last week or so, just after coming back from Chelsea...

Basically I have been doing a lot of repotting, focusing on our display for this year on the top patio. It's amazing how time consuming repotting can be especially if you have a large plant collection and plenty of new pots to put them into. The moment we got back from the show, we went straight out into the garden and only sorted out the posts once it got dark. Then every evening after work, good weather or not we were out in the garden. I think we've only seen a couple  of BBC's coverage of the show, preferring to be out instead. And last bank holiday, guess what, we spent the entire three days mainly gardening, bliss!

I haven't been good in taking photos along the way though and for all intentions was hoping to take some snaps of our progress but weather was adverse this evening and not good for taking photos.

So we'll go back to Geneva instead!

Anyway, we have featured their Flower Clock first then the Temperate Glasshouse of Geneva Botanical Garden. Now it's the turn of the Tropical Glasshouse.

Just outside of it, are a couple of carnivorous beds, a living wall, waterlily pond, and some succulent planting along the edge of the glasshouse...



Winter protection??




Then as you enter, the heat and humidity hits you as expected and get to see a rather cute sitting room vignette...


Beyond that is a small yet well presented collection of tropical plants...












Plant Hunter's 'camp'







Nice glasshouse and plants, however my favourite bit of it is their paving...


If the weather here continues to be adverse then I'll feature their Winter Garden Glasshouse next. If not then it'll be our garden next!

Mark :-)

18 comments :

  1. Everything looks perfectly cared for. I wonder how many employees the Jardin botanique has?

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    1. They seemed well staffed, unlike all the other botanical gardens we've seen in Europe bar Wisley and Kew.

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  2. The protection for the carnivorous plants is serious stuff. Is it for the plants or the small children they might eat? ;-)

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  3. I was thinking the cage for the carnivorous plants was to keep people from temptation, but I wonder... I too love that paving!

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  4. WOW. In the first photo there's a lipstick palm - Cyrtostachys renda. They are a TRUE tropical and don't survive if the temp dips to even single digits. They must have great climate control.

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    1. Indeed, especially winter temps there can get really low.

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  5. I liked their approach to a succulent crevice garden. If I had more rock to play with, I'd try that.

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    1. Yep! I suspect they will those gaps with summer succulent bedding later on.

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  6. I'd spotted that great floor in an earlier photo, so glad you featured it! Also glad to hear you've been playing in your garden.

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    1. Been playing out lots and it's great :)

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  7. I was about to ask if you knew what that red-stemmed palm in the sitting room was, but Missy, John & Ros answered it for me. Very cool! I too dig the flooring a lot.

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    1. Ahh if only we can grow that here!

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  8. Thrilled that you're able to play in your garden. The tropicals are glorious as is that paving!

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    1. Love that paving, adaptable for our gardens too!

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  9. I would love to make a living wall. My carnivorous plants are flowering! I didn't know they did that. Great big round red flowers are emerging. so exciting! Thanks for sharing you photos.

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