1 The main entrance to the greenhouse is front and center.
2 Upon entering this large glass house, these are the plants to the left. This side is my collection of ferns, begonias, clivia, and orchids.
3 To the right are plants that require less moisture, such as cacti, succulents, bromeliads, and standard topiaries.
4 The plants sit upon long tables. The center tables are equipped with a roller mechanism, causing them to slide, allowing for three aisle options.
5 Suspended from above are nighttime lights and circulation fans. There are also folded up shade covers which unfurl during the hot summer months. The glass roof panes vent open and shut thermostatically.
6 There are also grow lights when days are shorter.
7 On the backside of the greenhouse is the headhouse with an office, a deep sink, and a potting area.
8 These are some of the cuttings I made, which need to be potted up. Most of these will take root for use in containers next spring.
9 The plants photographed here are aeonium, bromeliad, and tibouchina grandiflora.
10 The purple rosette leaves of aeonium
11 A green aeonium, also known as the saucer-plant.
12 A better look at the bromeliad with its tiger-stripe leaves. The pineapple is also a bromeliad.
13 A purple flowering bromeliad
14 A better look at the tibouchina grandiflora - This fuzzy leafed tropical produces an abundance of deep intense purple flowers.
15 Two large pygmy date palms are positioned at one end.
16 The pygmy date, or phoenix roebelenii, is a popular tropical ornamental plant. As its name suggests, it produces small, thin-fleshed dates.
17 This fleshy plant is a member of the crassula family, a large genus of succulent plants containing many species.
18 Jade plants are also in the crassula family and this large specimen is just about ready to bloom with tiny white flowers.
19 This is an agave plant, which looks a lot like a hedgehog.
20 This is my collection of standard topiaries. I am growing bay, lemon cypress, brush cherry, and myrtle.
21 Lemon cypress is coniferous evergreen tree that has greenish-yellow foliage. The leaves give off a lemony fragrance, especially when cut, which is one reason I love it.
22 The compact rosettes of fleshy echeveria
23 I have quite a few interesting cactus.
24 With all its white hair, the old man cactus is fittingly named. It looks so fuzzy and soft, but watch out! The hair conceals really sharp thorns. It also shades the plant from the desert sun.
25 Pretty to look at, but don't touch!
26 A cactus with very interesting patterns and textures
27 Stay away from this one!
28 There are several plants that have been rooted for use in containers in the spring. Some plants root quite easily, like this flat of aeonium.
29 And these echevaria
30 And agave
31 And these mixed succulents - With very little effort, we save a lot of money by rooting plants ourselves.
32 This column is topped with a split leaf philodendron, a burro's tail succulent, and a rhipsalis or mistletoe cacti.
33 The other column is decorated a piece of tree bark upon which orchids and Spanish moss are growing. These plants are epiphytes and grow this way in nature.
34 This is a begonia soli-mutata.
35 A beautiful red-leafed begonia
36 An iron cross begonia
37 Lovely ferns
38 A variegated pteris fern
39 And delicate maidenhair ferns
40 Not too many orchids are blooming right now except for this gorgeous one! It's an intergeneric oncidium - 'Pacific Sun Spots'.