After an extensive renovation in 2003, the Garfield Park Conservatory's Palm House in Chicago was re-envisioned as an idealized tropical landscape. Taking advantage of the size and 60 foot high roof of this spectacular house, the planting design intersperses a large variety of tropical plants with graceful towering palms.
Seen at the bottom are what are known as Flaming Sword Bromeliads. Vriesea splendens, or Flaming Sword, is appreciated as a houseplant for its flat, bright red flower spike with small yellow flowers and its colorful foliage. They are slow growing plants and need three to four years to flower. The flower spike will last for several weeks. After flowering, the Flaming Sword produces one or more offsets, while the mother plant slowly dies back.
This is a view taken from the other side of the Palm House. Last Friday's post is the first side photographed.
Photo captured April 27, 2012.
New photos posted on most Mondays through Thursdays.
All photos are copyrighted and may not be reproduced or distributed without my expressed, written consent.