1 On cold and bleak days, I love visiting my greenhouses. This is the main greenhouse building, which I had built when I bought this farm.
2 My plant collections are arranged on long tables. The center tables slide from side to side on a roller apparatus, opening new walkways between tables. This side of the greenhouse holds succulents and cacti and standard topiaries.
3 The opposite side of the greenhouse is filled with ferns, begonias, orchids, and other tropical specimens.
4 This hanging plant is a pseudorhipsalis ramulosa 'Devil's Tongue'. The red foliage are actually stems that form small pearl-like fruit along the edges.
5 This trailing succulent is called a donkey's tail, lamb's tail, burro's tail, or horses tail. A plant like this one can be propagated from one tiny leaf!
6 A beautiful amaryllis
7 The miniature papaya tree has fruit growing!
8 Succulents and cacti galore!
9 Senecio is a genus grown for their decorative foliage. Senecio haworthii, or cocoon plant, has cocoon-shaped leaves thickly covered with silvery white hairs.
10 Phoenix roebelenii, or pygmy date palms sit at one far end of the greenhouse.
11 Another spectacular trailing succulent
12 The next stop was the tropical greenhouse.
13 Right at the entrance is the large flower bud of a type of aloe.
14 This agave is also getting ready to flower.
15 This is a Bismarckia palm with its grayish-blue fan-shaped leaves.
16 This ornamental banana plant looks nice and healthy, as does the bird of paradise next to it.
17 A variegated agave
18 The floor of this greenhouse has a thick layer of gravel for good drainage.
19 This tree is an ornamental olive.
20 The olive tree is blooming and will hopefully, grow olives.
21 This is a fig tree.
22 And figs are forming!
23 This is the vegetable greenhouse.
24 The vegetable greenhouse is where we grow vegetables all winter long right in the ground. The rich composted soil is about 2-feet deep and has been amended with many organic nutrients.
25 Gorgeous leaf lettuce! This greenhouse is minimally heated, and mostly utilizes energy from the sun.
26 Wilmer was weeding and cultivating a patch of cilantro. Large rosemary plants are thriving behind him. Hothouse tomato plants are growing in large plastic pots along one side of the house.
27 And lastly, this is the citrus hoop house.
28 In addition to housing all of my citrus trees for the winter, the clivia collection is lined up along one side. Clivia, a herbaceous evergreen sends up magnificent blooms.
29 Clivia is a genus of durable shade plants in the Amaryllis family, native to South Africa.
30 These lovely yellow blooms belong to clivia Sir John Thuron, a rather rare variety that Sir John Thuron, an esteemed plantsman, brought from Britain to his gardens in Philadelphia in the 1950s.
31 Clivias are more commonly found bearing bright orange flowers, like this one.
32 In addition to the rare yellow and the more common orange, clivia flowers also bloom bright red.
33 The opposite side of the citrus hoop house is where you'll find my collection of cymbidium orchids.
34 Like clivia, these tropical beauties bloom during the winter months
35 The flowers are quite waxy and last on the plant for about ten weeks.
36 Cymbidium orchids also make excellent cut flowers and are highly desirable in the floral trade for arrangements and corsages.