The Hope of Spring

The conservatory at Hidden Lake Gardens has a modest collection of flowers from various climates in three different rooms. During a recent visit the amaryllis were the star of the show. My friend Jill and I both felt a renewed hope in the not-too-distant emergence of Spring flowers. Here are a few shots from the conservatory.

very red

orange

red

Lt red

water lily

Water Lily and Ripples

Irish Redheads

This variety of cactus is called “Irish Redhead”.

In the Conservatory

For those familiar with the game of Clue (“in the conservatory with a candlestick, by Mrs. White”), you know what a conservatory is; a room with lots of glass in the walls and roof. Often these rooms are filled with plants. Hidden Lake Gardens has a very nice 3-room conservatory on their grounds that houses many plants not native to Michigan, as well as a few perennials. This blog features some of my favorite flower photos. My next blog will focus on leaves. Please enjoy.
pink
bird of paradise
pansy
red down
trio
cactus and bug

Hidden Lake Gardens

Hidden Lake Gardens is a 755 acre property owned and operated by Michigan State University. It is located on highway 50 near Tipton, Michigan. When a visiting MSU alumnae visited, we decided to take a trip to visit the gardens on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. We happened to arrive just before the annual plant sale was over, so admission was free and we were able to purchase a few plants before driving around the arboretum and visiting the conservatory.
The roads through Hidden Lake Gardens are one-way with fairly frequent parking areas for visitors to get out to view the surrounding spot or take a hike on one of the many trails. The winter was very severe in Michigan as is evident in the dead trees in the first picture.
Some wild flowers were in bloom. I was able to get a picture of rather rare Trillium. The bees were out, but concentrating on the flowers . . . not us.
My bee picture was actually taken inside the conservatory. Where I also took a few pictures of cacti in bloom.
One of my favorite shots of the day was a tulip in bloom with a bark background. Hope you enjoy the pictures and are able to visit the gardens some day. As always, your thoughts and comments are welcome.

Hard Winter

Hard Winter


Trillium

Trillium


Bee at Work

Bee at Work


Cactus in Bloom

Cactus in Bloom


Tulip and Bark

Tulip and Bark

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