When we came in to water the plants in this small greenhouse this
morning, there was the familiar smell of dead mice lingering in the air!
It is not that we have dead mice in the greenhouses --gross-but we do occasionally have a blooming Amorphophallus Konjac
at this time of year and that is it's tell tale smell! This plant has a
great inflorescence (a grouping of flowers) that smells stinky to us
but possibly lovely to it's pollinators.
Some of you may remember
another stinky plant that we had bloom here at the Conservatory in 2011? Yep! It was the Corpse Flower, Amorphophallus titanum, the cousin of the Voodoo Lily.
see this fun plant in the Conservatory's North Garden.
The Holiday Flower Show tradition began in 1925 and continues to be the
most anticipated and visited flower attraction at the Conservatory
today. It is a visual sensation to behold featuring hundreds of
poinsettias. Orange is the new red in the 2014 Holiday Show and will
feature a new Poinsettia called Autumn Leaves, a beautiful mix of yellow
and pink bracts. The show will be complimented with the following
Poinsettia cultivars: Orange Spice, Maren, Marco Polo, Premium Apricot,
and Sparkling Punch to give the show more orange, pinks, cinnamon and
apricot colors. The two toned yellow Coleus Wild Lime will accent the