Tag : Belle Isle

Black Bat Flower

Black Bat Flower

A fitting flower for this Halloween weekend is the black bat flower or Tacca chantrieri.  This plant hails from parts of Asia and is a real show stopper when it is in bloom. The “wings” are actually the bracts of the flower, not the actual flower. The flower can be

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What Is That Smell?

What Is That Smell?

Something special is going on this week at the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory on Belle Isle in Detroit.  If you smell it, you may not think it is special, but if you see the crowds it has attracted to the conservatory, you will. Someone loaned the conservatory, very happily I

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A Plant Filled Day in Detroit

A Plant Filled Day in Detroit

Today, the day before Houseplant Appreciation Day, I went to a houseplant and plant accessory sale in Detroit. It was hosted by The Peacock Room. Lisa Waud, of Pot and Box was the master mind behind this great event and you may recognize her name from  Flower House. There were

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It Really Is That Color!

It Really Is That Color!

The first time I laid eyes on the jade vine or Strongylodon macrobotrys, it was at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania. I couldn’t believe it! The color is unreal-almost unbelievable! It is a weird  jade color and I have never seen another flower anywhere near this color. It almost looks like

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Yellow Stars and White Wings

Yellow Stars and White Wings

  Back in January I made a New Year’s Resolution to learn more about plants that usually are only seen in conservatories. So, I’m back at it. I almost forgot about this plant until I visited the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory on Belle Isle two weeks ago and they were still

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Anna Scripps Whitcomb- A Benevolent Woman

Anna Scripps Whitcomb- A Benevolent Woman

Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory I am volunteering at the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory this winter and I love it! Belle Isle is a place I have visited a lot since moving to the metro Detroit area almost 30 years ago. It amazes me that people who have lived here all

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Shell Ginger

Shell Ginger

Alpinia zerumbet in flower I have been to the Anna Scripps Whitcomb conservatory on Belle Isle almost every week for the last month and just noticed this shell ginger or Alpinia zerumbet blooming this week. I must be blind! Granted, it is above my head and I’m helping with 4th

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Fairy Dusters

Fairy Dusters

Calliandra emarginata  Here is the second installment of my New Year’s resolution, which I am keeping. It is the pink fairy duster (don’t you just love that name?)- also called powder puff plant or Calliandra emarginata.  I have seen this at many conservatories including Matthaei Botanical Garden and the one

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