Bird of Paradise plants in Denver Botanic Gardens
For three years--many years ago--we lived in Hawaii and I fell in love with tropical plants from the delicate and complicated protea to the simple green plants, some with leaves the size of elephant ears. When its gloomy and I need a taste of color and warmth I visit the DBG atrium.
Dew-drops on flowers after a mechanical misting.
It isn't only the charismatic plants that fascinate me. I also love the bulbous, protruding, thorny, imperfect and oddly shaped ones--like the one below.
Other than the generic types like roses, tulips and marigolds, I usually don't remember names of plants but I am fascinated by shape, line and color of each plant and the impact of different combinations of those elements. I like both the "messy disarray" of the wilderness and the planned effect of the public gardens. Both have a place in my personal world.