1 This is the front side of my greenhouse. On either side of the entrance are my currant bushes - red, white, and black. You can see their long canes poking through the snow.
2 During the winter months, my grounds crew gets to wash the entire inside!
3 This is no small task.
4 Floor mops work well to reach the higher glass surfaces.
5 Wilmer reaches with a sudsy sponge.
6 And then squeegees the clean glass dry.
7 This is one half of the greenhouse where we keep plants that require minimal watering.
8 You may recall when Byron Martin and Laurelynn Martin of Logees Tropical Plants http://www.logees.com/default.asp presented me with this miniature papaya 'T.R. Hovey'.
9 As you can see, it's thriving and the papayas are beginning to ripen.
10 This very fragrant plant is Jasminum polyanthum, an evergreen twining climber from China. It's fragrance permeates the greenhouse.
11 This plant is the very hardy camellia japonica 'April Tryst'.
12 It blooms with true red, very showy anemone form flowers.
13 Shaun always has plenty of succulents rooting to plant outdoors in my urns in the spring.
14 He also has some seedlings sprouting already. These are tomato plants.
15 And a variety of hollyhocks, which I love in perennial gardens for their great height and showy flowers.
16 These are some of my very beautiful bromeliads, a huge family of plants which the pineapple is a member of. These plants grow either terrestrially, meaning with roots in the ground, or epiphytically, as air plants, perched in trees or upon rocks.
17 . The primary job of bromeliad roots is to grip, as nourishment comes mainly through the leaves. You can see how water collects in the center of the rosette.
18 Bromeliad leaves can be curled, splayed, or twisted, and some are striped or splattered with different colors, like this showy one.
19 My lovely collection of potted standard topiaries
20 There are many succulents in the greenhouse, including these fleshy jade plants.
21 This cactus is a type of euphorbia triangularis.
22 Weberbauerocereus johnsonii - Golden column - A densely covered cactus with golden spines
23 Cactus Opuntia - The spiny look is due to rudimentary leaves.
24 A beautiful cactus specimen - Opuntia cochenillifera (Variegated form)
25 The other half of the greenhouse is devoted to the more moisture-loving plants, like these lush and verdant ferns. There are many varieties to choose from when decorating the house for entertaining.
26 This movable table holds my fabulous begonia collection, which happens to be blooming profusely.
27 The table is quite long, but glides back and forth with little effort.
28 On the next table is my large collection of orchids.
29 A beautiful phalaenopsis, which, by the way, is one of the easiest orchids to grow. This one has many more flowers coming.
30 In the head house, urns were being painted that day.
31 And outside the head house is the gooseberry patch.
32 And directly across, is the vegetable garden, which will soon be productive again.