SPECIAL HUGE SPRING EDITION!
HAPPY 100th YEAR TO
My Favorite Greenhouse
|Ott's dome as seen from Route 29|
|Here is the entrance and where the adventure begins.|
|Crotons, Hydrangeas, and other beautiful plants in the entry way.|
|This is the mini-waterfall in the entryway - always lovely!|
|It's hard to give you a sense of perspective for these fern planters,|
but I can bet they are a couple hundred pounds heavy and about five feet across.
|Staghorn Fern and Friends|
|A different view of the Staghorn Fern|
|There were a number of these in the entryway close to Christmas - gorgeous plants!|
Maybe YOU can tell ME what they are - LOL
If you look straight ahead through the central rotary where you enter, you'll see the store which is filled with goodies like seeds, tiny plants, pots, juice, and this is where people bring their purchases to pay for them. I've always found the people who work at Ott's to be exceptionally friendly and helpful. I asked about taking pictures and they said, "SURE!" People are always taking pictures:>) You can tell the folks love their work and enjoy their customers.
I found these fan-like bracket fungi growing on a stump in the entry foyer area.
|Growing on a display stump|
If you bear to the left as you come in, you'll see a teeny weeny pond and a door into what I call the orchid room. Here there are always orchids, African Violets, and spathe-flowered plants like anthuriums, a nice variety of kinds and colors. Other choices are mixed in and changed regularly, but I go there for the orchids. I used to check in on the GIANT Jade Tree, but it is now somewhere else, somewhere I haven't discovered. That wonderful plant had to have been six feet tall.
|These are the roots of the Jade Tree.|
All the orchid pictures I've taken come from this room in Ott's.
|White Moth Orchid - Phalaenopsis|
|This orchid had no tag and I have no idea what it is except to say it is gorgeous!|
|Pink Moth Orchid - Phalaenopsis|
|Yellow Moth Orchid - Phalaenopsis|
Bear to the right when you first come through the doors and you'll go to a room that has ferns, Zebra Plants, transcandia, bromeliads, and other current choices.
|Bromeliad in Bloom|
When you pass through this room you are in a fairyland I call the Waterfall Room. It's my favorite; well, maybe along with a lot of other places in Ott's.
The plants in the waterfall room are mostly permanent and tropical and include a huge banana tree, ferns, mosses, bird of paradise plants, and other marvelous, green, growing things that smell like earth and damp. The little walkway next to the pond has branches for railings. There is a tunnel to pass through to other rooms, and a path that goes up a hill at the back of the waterfall, over the top and down the other side.
|Here is the waterfall pond - today the water wasn't running but it's still lovely!|
|Waterfall and Railings|
It's a delight to stand quietly, hear the gentle splash of the waterfall, breathe the air of growing things, and be soothed by all that green.
|This is behind the falls - to the left you can see part of the walkway that goes to the top of the waterfall.|
|At the far side of the waterfall room, after you go past the pond and under the tunnel, this pathway leads to the BIG growing room filled with plants for purchase.|
|Inside The Hibiscus Flower|
|Bird Of Paradise Flower|
|Another View - Bird Of Paradise Flower|
|Orange Clivia Lilies.|
|Yellow Clivia (Kafir) Lilies|
|Pink & White Bougainvillea|
Come back out into the waterfall room and bear right. This will take you into a large, open greenhouse area filled with all kinds of floral goodies! These are mainly seasonal offerings, including impossibly beautiful tulips and other bulbs in an ancillary cold room, but there are some plants that are grown for display and are always there to ohhh and ahhh at. There are tiny and huge cacti, hibiscus, hanging baskets, impatiens in spring, poinsettias in winter - you name it!
|Elephant Ears aka Caladium|
|This is a view of the main room where the most choices of seasonal plants can be found.|
It's always a treat, filled with color and the scent of flowers and earth.
|In the cold room|
|In the cold room|
|In the cold room|
|The cold room offers both bulbs and arrangements.|
The room is seasonal and sometimes closed, but it is open near Mother's Day:>)
It is located off the main display floor.
|These tulips shown above are only a few of the many varieties|
offered last year around Mother's Day.
Check out the cold room:>)
|An abundance of cacti|
|Purple Oxalis - Shamrock|
|Yellow Oxalis - Shamrock|
|I believe these are Anthurium.|
|Yellow Calla Lily|
Then there are the CATS - I love the cats!!!! Most times they hang out in this room because of the warm sunshine and comfy tables. The petite, calico female is a love, always beseeching me to pat her:>)
There is just as much fun to be had outside Ott's at almost any time of year. There are seasons when the hill is planted with pansies (Spring) or chrysanthemums (Autumn).
|Springtime on Ott's Hill|
|Autumn on Ott's Hill|
|This is way out back behind the hill - it's where the real work goes on.|
There are magnificent roses, lilies, pansies, decorative kale/cabbage, chrysanthemums; large spreads laid out in front of the hill for people to browse through. I'd be keeping you here forever if I posted all the pictures - they will slip in on later occasions. The outside of the greenhouse building, itself, is used for displays just like the inside.
|A harvest display outside the store doors.|
|Summertime window garden of Sweet Potato vines|
If you are ever in the area and want to pay Ott's Exotic Greenhouse a visit, here is some information.
Have a wonderful weekend! See you next Friday:>)