A Little Splash of Vanilla, Please

V. planifolia – Photo copied from Wikipedia

I had spent close to two hours, taking almost 200 photos in the orchid garden of the Naples Botanical Garden (Florida), but my real excitement was focused in the Caribbean Garden. I had learned that the garden had erected trellises and had planted vanilla orchid plants (V. planifolia) with plans to plant another variety, V. x tahitensis, in the near future.

Now I will wait and watch for the orchids to bloom and produce vanilla seed pods. From reading the Garden’s blog I have learned that it is a long and work intensive process to get from new plant to vanilla extract. According to the blog, the Horticulture Team hopes to eventually supply Garden’s Fogg Cafe with Garden-grown vanilla. But it seems that it will be well over a year before that will happen. Stay tuned.

I couldn’t decide which challenge this post should be linked to – so I’ll do both. Now you can check out both and join in.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Something New

Life in Colour: Yellow

Life in Color: Yellow Orchids

Last week I spent a lot of time in the Orchid Garden at Naples Botanical Garden. It was 8 in the morning and in most places there wasn’t strong sunlight so I had lots of fun and ended up with lots of photos to filter through, delete or keep, and process. And I found lots of yellow orchids to post in response to Jude’s monthly challenge “Life in Colour: Yellow.” Use the link to join in the fun as many times as you like during the month of February.

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge #103: Surprise

Would you like a bananananananananana?

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I walked around a corner at the Naples Botanical Garden and was surprised by this very long hand of bananas. I don’t know why I hadn’t seen it before. Help yourself – there are plenty.

If you want to participate, everyone is welcome at Leya’s.

Lens-Artist Photo #101 – A Single Flower

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On my Tuesday morning visit to the Naples Botanical Garden in the middle of February I stuck to my routine of stopping at the cafe for a scone and ginger limeade. But how could I resist this small special desert of a lemon mousse with a raspberry sauce and a single flower on top. It sure looks like an orchid so maybe their orchid show was coming up.

Cee is hosting the weekly Lens-Artist Photo Challenge this week so check out other entries here.