I'm feeling it. Winter's made its last blast on Florida's open-air plants. Soon the trees will cut their losses, surrender damaged limbs, and grow replacements.
Meanwhile, my sister and I take a brief but sweet reprieve from the browned-out landscape.
The revolving door turns slowly as it transports us into an Alice-in-Wonderland world of waterfalls, misted air, and 20,000 shades of delicious greens and voracious plants.
Springtime hangs from pergolas and posts, vines and vessels.
The rainforest conditions of the under-glass garden support a host of greens, such as this necklace of leaves adorning a moss-covered rock.
I'm familiar with caladiums, a popular tropical houseplant, but the 20-inch length of these leaves is astounding.
Known for epiphytes (plants that fasten themselves to other plants without taking sustenance from them), the Selby Gardens Conservatory houses an amazing collection. Case in point: The pitcher plant, a carnivore, hangs from a tree support where it's free to trap insects in a prey-attracting cavity formed by a cupped leaf filled with a nectar bribe. When the unsuspecting victims explore the pitfall, they're turned into bug juice for the pitcher plant to drink.
Nature is such a show-off!