Spring color. It should have made me happy, but...
This is a bittersweet sight. Yes, the blooms are lovely. But many of them are filling spaces that used to be occupied by plants in the permanent collection in this 'Temperate House' part of the Conservatory. The shelves along the walls used to be filled with potted perennials, and above them were hanging baskets. Large trees, vines, ferns, orchids, bromeliads - all gone. I would estimate fewer than a dozen plants remain of the hundreds that once were here. They were wiped out by the extreme cold of the Polar Vortex event that hit the country in late January. Apparently the heating system just couldn't cope. Many of the mature plants dated to the founding of the conservatory in 1968. The Tropical Dome collection was similarly decimated. It will take many years for these two parts of the conservatory to recover. Fortunately the hardier Arid Dome plants largely survived.
Spring blooms display
Hidden Lake Gardens, Michigan
Taken March 12, 2019
Photomerge of three landscape format singles
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