Orchid Extravaganza at Longwood

OK, so this is the winter from hell that will never end. Another snow fall predicted on March 25. Do I need to mention the words polar vortex again? But, we were lucky to have a brief 3-day warming spell of 50° so off we went to Longwood Gardens in PA for some much needed flower therapy. If you’ve never been to Longwood, the old Dupont estate, it is spectacular. Any time of year is beautiful and the gardens are so large that it’s impossible to see it all in one day. Usually, I visit in April for the tulip/spring bulb walk (which is truly a knockout) but this time I couldn’t wait to see some evidence that spring had sprung and went in March, limiting myself mainly to the huge and warm conservatory for the Orchid show and other springlike installations like blue poppies, tulips, lilies and cineraria. The conservatory is so large that you could spend your entire outing there. So without further delay, here’s what’s on show.

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Blue vanda orchid

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Cymbidiums galore.

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Lady slipper

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Miltonia

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Dendrobium

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Others

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Main conservatory display with orchids, cineraria, clivia and others

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Ceiling installations of orchids

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Also seen in the conservatory, lilies with black bamboo

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Blue Poppies with tulips

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I’m not sure this does it justice and there are a ton of flowers I haven’t even mentioned but I hope you enjoyed this picto-diary of my trip. Never too many flower pics for me. Thanks for visiting my blog and happy spring. Hopefully, it will be where you are soon!

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