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The foliage and flowers of Costa Rica, Day 2


Welcome to day 2 of our trip to Costa Rica with Jeanne Cronce! In case you missed it, yesterday she said, "I just got back from Costa Rica where I took some pictures to share. This is a beautiful country, full of rain forests and dry jungles, which all add up to the plant world. The plants we buy as houseplants here are growing down there in the wild and everything is on steroids! I took these with my cell phone and the humidity was so high I missed a lot of photos of plants. So this is just a taste of what it is like.  After spending 10 days in Costa Rica I came home to a jungle of my own!" Dreamy.

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  1. Nurserynotnordstroms 04/07/2015

    Oh my Jeanne, you did a canopy walk?phew I'm afraid of heights but I'm thinking that may be a little different since you have trees and vegetation below you. What stunning photos of plants that look like they are on steroids. I can't even imagine being a gardener there. How cool would that be? Please give us more details of your trip. I can't wait to hear more.

    1. greengenes 04/08/2015

      Hi Glenda...yes I did a suspension bridge walk up into a jungle. It was so beautiful and noisy! I always love the different smells too of strange places. Is that weird or what. We went to another jungle and I got lost on the trail so I had to walk back from where I started and find someone I knew and walked back awhile with them to the main trail.

  2. GrannyMay 04/08/2015

    Jeanne, the plants you show from Costa Rica are beautiful and lush, fantastically huge and colourful, something to marvel at and enjoy. Thank you for sharing them!

    Your own garden is wonderful and I want to say I appreciate it as much, if not more, than the exotic scenery you have shared in the last two days. I'm looking forward to seeing what you have done at home since the last posting.

    1. greengenes 04/08/2015

      Thank you May....that is sweet of you to say. It really puts things back in place. We are so fortunate to live and grow plants where we are at. But it is fun and stimulating to see new ones! I will take some pictures of around here at home to send in. I wish I knew how to take "macro" shots. Things are starting to grow and I'm pulling many weeds and moving plants around. It so fun! Happy garden days ahead for you!

  3. perenniallycrazy 04/08/2015

    i'm absolutely MESMERIZED by the leaves Jeanne! Thanks! =)

    1. greengenes 04/08/2015

      Hey would of went crazy with photography! Picture #7 was so huge. I just couldn't capture it. Nothing like 50 shades of greens down there.

      1. perenniallycrazy 04/09/2015

        LOL. Don't you wish you could recreate them in concrete?

  4. wGardens 04/08/2015

    Again, some great photos of some very "cool" plants! #9 and #11 are particularly interesting! The tunnel is fantastic, what fun. What a wonderful trip you obviously had. Thank you for sharing!

    1. greengenes 04/08/2015

      Hi Margaret. .Iam glad you enjoy seeing the images. It alot of fun to meet new plants. #9 and 11. These were growing at a resort. But #12 was growing wild in the jungle and there were a few hummingbirds flying around it!

  5. NCYarden 04/08/2015

    It's just so damn cool. A little familiar, and yet super crazy foreign. Really enjoying #13 and that sculpted arches walk.

    1. greengenes 04/08/2015

      Hi....familiar huh? Where you live is sort of tropical more than the cold, wet pacific northwest. Yes, it was super crazy foreign. Especially the topiary. Just out of the blue it showed up in this little town.

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    meander_michaele 04/08/2015

    Jeanne, I am just agog at the size, lushness, and downright exotic nature of some of the plants. Seeing these amazing images reminds me of how Alice felt in Alice in Wonderland when she fell down the rabbit hole and ended up in a crazy world. So much color and texture and, I'm sure, fragrance...sensory overload!

    1. greengenes 04/08/2015

      That sure describes it! And it was a sensory overload! But that is what I like about travel . You fly some place , get out of the airport and boom! You are in another world. It's fun to learn new things.

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 04/08/2015

    So lush and wonderful. I'm crazy for the pink-flowering plant in 3 and the pleated palm leaves in 13. The topiary arches are definitely Wonderland!

    1. greengenes 04/08/2015

      Isn't that palm beautiful! I think I will frame that one! The topiary arches a were so out of the box on this trip. An old gardener comes once a week to work on them. This was about one acre of land next to a church which was filled with many different sculptures in topiary form.

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        Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 04/08/2015

        There is certainly something about that pleated form that is so appealing. Do you grow any cypripedium? There are two that I have been coveting, but they are all so finicky and expensive: cypripedium formosanum and cypripedium japonicum. Both have an exquisite pleated collar of two leaves. I just mail-ordered veratrum nigrum, which starts out with great pleated leaves as well.
        It's so nice that you shared those topiary arches too, because it helps me get rid of the word 'never' in my vocabulary. I'd usually say I don't like topiary, but that organic archway is magical!
        Thanks again for sharing your trip!

        1. greengenes 04/08/2015

          Hi Tim...I just had to look up the name you gave. I only know most plants by their common names..But yes, l had a beautiful burgundy one but it died. I only have one left which is a beautiful light green and white pouch slipper. They are so cool. There were some orchids in the trees but not many blooms.

    2. user-7007140 04/08/2015

      Tim, the pink flower is an Hibiscus. You can grow that here in Ohio but ask your lady first as you'll need to baby it in the winter!

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        Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 04/08/2015

        Thanks, Eddi, but I meant the pink flower above the 3. It almost looks like a maianthemum, but I don't think it is. That hibiscus is luscious, too, but no more tender plants being lugged in and out for me!! :) Maybe.....

      2. user-7007140 04/14/2015

        Sorry about that! I would have had no clue about the other bloom!

  8. greengenes 04/08/2015

    You are welcome, Diane! It's fun to see different types of plants and their locations. Isn't that tunnel great!

  9. marasolberg 04/08/2015

    We were there in February and it was beautiful as well, but not as many flowers as now, I would imagine.

  10. sheila_schultz 04/08/2015

    The colors are so intense, Jeanne, your jaw must have been dropped throughout most of the trip! You can also add me to the 'lusting' list for that pleated palm. That is gorgeous!

  11. GrannyCC 04/08/2015

    Marvelous second day Jeanne. Do you know what the plants were on the gazebo in picture#1? What a wonderful trip you had. I have known people who have gone to Costa Rica and they always talk about the beaches so it is great to see the flowers.

  12. schatzi 04/08/2015

    Great photos,Jeanne. What a wonderful trip you must have had. I especially love 4, 9, 10, 11, and of course the pleated palm. I know what you mean about pulling weeds and moving plants. I didn't even get to turn my computer on yesterday, so I got to enjoy all your pictures today. Costa Rica is now on my to do list. If I can survive the humidity that make for all that lushness.

  13. digginWA 04/08/2015

    Fantastic vacation, Jeanne! I kind of love the topiary arches. That plant combo in the pic below it is a great bit of inspiration for using interesting textures and layers--just need to find zonally-appropriate choices for recreate it. I have a spot crying out for that sort of enhancement. Thanks for sharing.

  14. user-7007140 04/08/2015

    You have managed to take us all on a most beautiful trip, Jeanne. Thank you so much.
    Can't choose any one as a favorite, for they are all gorgeous photos.
    Costa Rica is now on my Wish List.

  15. user-7007327 04/08/2015

    Enjoyed the trip.

  16. BoxwoodBarbara 04/09/2015

    Wondrous plants and photos, Jeanne. I can fill in two more plant names: #12 is just what it looks like: Hanging 'Lobster Claw,' whose botanical name is Heliconia rostrata. #6 appears to be philodendron gloriosum, possibly 'Velvet Leaf,' which I have in my sunroom garden. I wish I had that 'Lobster Claw," too!

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