Enjoying Tropical Plants, Trees and Shrubs
Enjoying tropical plants, trees and shrubs, along with any possible flowers or fruit they put off on occasion has become a true joy for me. I guess I never really thought about it all that much before, as I live so far from actual tropical rain forests. It seemed something that I could do "one day", but not now.
With the botanical gardens we now see around the world, along with other conservatories that house such tropical beauty, its something more accessible to many of us more than ever before. I have to admit that the more I see, the more I hope to go and visit an actual tropical location, and I mean more than the states offer like in Florida. Don't get me wrong, Florida has much beauty that other parts of the country don't have and they are so lucky for that. I mean though, the really big rain forests that naturally grow huge palms and grow amazing fruit and have all kinds of tropical life abounding everywhere. This would be a true treat, though I know it wouldn't be all that glamorous on the one hand, as you get all the bugs and critters that come with it that may not be that appealing or healthy!
Photos of Plants, Trees and Shrubs in Tropical Setting
Photo 1 - These plants, especially the trees with the red fruit or flowers growing at their tops, truly amaze me! I had never ever seen the design or color of such red flowrs/fruit before! They were tall, and I have seen them many times before. I was lucky on this visit as they were in bloom. Very incredible to me!
Photo 2 - This single leaf is a closer up view of a larger plant. Let me say, that the holes are part of its design, and that the leaf itself is two to three feet long at least. I love the color of green, but the holes and the huge size of leaf makes me feel like its just so tropical. This was growing in a heated tropical conservatory that stays very humid. Just like a rain forest.
Photo 3 - I like this photo, because it was like looking out of a cave into a tropical rain forest setting. I am pretty sure it wouldn't be all that different, except that I didn't have to wonder about some huge insect creature dropping on my shoulder or something! I love the pretty vine that is growing over the ledge, and the view of lush greenery in the distance here.
Photo 4 - This is in a geodessic dome in Missouri. I like the vary plants that are growing, some very very tall in the back. What is so neat, is those in the back aren't fully unfurled, and when they are will be so huge. Its neat that in a place where we get freezing weather, that they can create such an atmosphere where this kind of plant life can thrive and grow.
I especially liked the varied examples of trees and leaves growing in this photo.
Photo 5 - Ferns, trees, and caladiums and much more are growing here rather happily. It happens to be a place where butterflies also thrive and are so happy. You can see them feeding on fruit, which mimics the dropped, rotting fruit on a rain forest floor. I think its so cool, and the temperature is perfect for all the life inside. (Except maybe for the humans! We get so hot and have to step back into the air conditioning so often to cool down, phew! Its ok as everyone is sweating and hot, not just you, when inside.)
Photo 6 - Tropical flowers with beautiful yellow and coral coloring, growing from a tropical tree. I wish I could grow this in my backyard, but alas it would not survive. The color is very "tropical" even. To attract the wanted and needed life to help it thrive. These flowers have a particularly neat design that I like.
Photo 7 - A huge palm, is growing in a lower portion of this photo. You can see its fruit if you look closer. I truly am amazed at the size and nature of these plants. It feels like stepping out of one world, and into another where dinosaurs may be running around, or into a movie setting like that. No concerns though, so it's a win win all around!
Photo 8 - I absolutely fell in love with these deep, rich, red and green caladiums here. The leaves just are even more beautiful than the photo fully captures. Many people can grow these in certain parts of the country, and they make a nice houseplant. In my own house, especially in the winter, I am not sure I have the humidity required to maintain these kinds of plants. Especially not to this degree. Regardless, there may be ways around that, like keeping them moist, or spritzed with water. Its the color here, that really caught my eye. Would make a lovely Christmas gift for someone that loved indoor plants or lived in a more tropical setting.
** Thank you for stopping by my tropical plants photo gallery. I would highly recommend taking the time to seek out such places whether in the wild or in conservatories. Its just another way to appreciate the beautiful world we live in.
Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on November 25, 2011:
NP.Queen, thank you very much! I appreciate your visit and comment. :)
NP.QUEEN from Dubai on November 21, 2011:
Awesome pics........!Nice description.Thank you for sharing.
Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on November 08, 2011:
Mary, I am so glad to hear that, thank you! I want to grow caladiums sometime. Its great to hear your great experience with them. I am so glad you stopped by. :)
Mary Hyatt from Florida on November 08, 2011:
I just love these beautiful tours of gardens you do with the lovely photos! I grow Caladiums, and they are a favorite of mine. I leave them in their pots, and in the spring, here they come again. I voted this UP, etc.etc.
Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on November 08, 2011:
Happyboomernurse, thank you for stopping by and for viewing my photos. Next on my list is to visit a real rain forest setting, it would be so wonderful I think! I appreciate your comments and votes there, thank you :)
Dinkan, thank you so much for letting me know what one was your favorite. That is a favorite of mine too! Glad you stopped by and left a comment. :)
dinkan53 from India on November 08, 2011:
Beautiful photographs with interesting explanation. I like most the fifth one, it's really fantastic.
Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on November 08, 2011:
Awesome photos that took us right into the botanical garden with you. I've never seen a real rain forest but agree that visiting botanical gardens and conservatories are a wonderful treat and whenever we travel anywhere we now try to make a trip to a "local" botanical garden if there is one (which, surprisingly, is often the case).
Voted up across the board except for funny.