Good company, lively conversation, tasty food, and an enveloping walk around and under growing and blooming greenery … this is my idea of a great way to spend an early spring day. Add in a few other garden bloggers and it’s a recipe for fun. I met garden bloggers Cyndy from Gardening Asylum, Scott from Blue Heron Landscapes, and Layanee from Ledge and Gardens, at The Vanilla Bean Café in Pomfret, CT – it’s a great little lunch spot if you’re in the area – then we caravanned to Logee’s in Danielson, CT.
Logee’s consists of a group of greenhouses, primarily for tropical plants, and a thriving mail-order nursery run by Byron Martin and Laurelynn Martin. As a fellow blogger at Logee’s Tropical Plants Blog, Laurelynn was kind enough to come out to meet and greet our crew after we finished touring the greenhouses. The photos below are for everyone’s enjoyment, but I specifically want to share what we saw with our garden blogger friends that could not join us. We missed you Debbie (A Garden of Possibilities) and Laurrie (My Weeds Are Very Sorry) … this is for you.
When you enter the main door it’s clear that plants have thrived here for a long, long time. Ivy climbs along the ceiling.
Walls are covered by a multitude of ferns.
The aisles are narrow and tightly packed, on both sides, above, and below with plants. Here a row of white Easter cactus (Rhipsalidopsis hybrid ‘Sirius’) await new homes. A few of these beauties now live in the care of the other garden bloggers.
That’s Cyndy grabbing one of her amazing photos, while Scott and Layanee inspect a rather large genistra.
A walk through Logee’s greenhouses gives one an intimacy with plants most northerners consider houseplants. We rarely see them growing to large sizes. A stroll through Logee’s greenhouses is like walking through a large tropical greenhouse maintained for the public by a botanical garden, but without the bells and whistles. … just the foliage and flowers.
There’s Angel’s Trumpet (Brugmansia hybrid).
Heliconia stricta – a member of the banana family – caught the interest of my camera lens.
As did this Passion flower. I think this Passiflora may be ‘Lady Margaret’.
Begonias galore can double as abstract paintings.
You’ll find rows of citrus full of fruit; gardenia and jasmine, orchids and bougainvillea, clivia and hibiscus in various stages of bloom; foliage plants to suit all tastes; and even hardy garden perennials for planting outdoors.
But the most spectacular of all the blooms we saw was the turquoise flower of the Jade vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys). Yes, the flowers really are this color, and though my focus was slightly off, I kind of like the effect.
Logee’s is a true Connecticut gem. When you go, make sure to bring a friend or two … it helps turn a pleasant visit into a lasting memory.