2016

Exotics

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Well, the election is finally over, and no matter how you feel about the outcome, we can probably all agree that it will be nice to think about something else for a change. To that end, we are going to take you on a mind journey to a wonderful greenhouse in CT, one that specializes in exotic plants.

First of all, a disclaimer: we have no affiliation with Logee’s Greenhouses, and this is not an ad, although after reading about this wonderful place, you may want to go there yourself! We simply want to share with you an amazing garden- one grown inside, and populated largely by plants in pots.

Logees, in Danielson, CT, was started in 1892, and three generations later is still run by the same family. It is comprised of a rambling, eclectic collection of greenhouses that have been built over the course of 120 years, and the effect is magical. Climbing down a very steep flight of steps from the retail area into the “Long House”, you have to watch out or you will become entangled in a huge Bourganvillia vine, embraced by a banana tree, or become closely acquainted with the long, furry tassels of Love-Lies-Bleeding. Once safely down, the maneuvering continues, as every horizontal surface is covered with plants, with an equal amount of plant life hanging overhead. Several large vines and trees are planted directly in the ground.

The plant collection is enormous – there are carnivorous plants of all shapes and sizes. There are Begonias with spots, wild swirls on their leaves, or curly, fringed leaves, each plant wilder and more alien than the last. Vines with red and white blooms mingle with the fragrant jasmine, and just when you think you have seen it all, you go through the entrance to the Lemon Tree House, and are confronted by the tree for which the house is named, growing directly in the soil: a Ponderosa Lemon Tree planted in 1900.

Next, you walk through a cool, earthy tunnel,  into the “Big House”. There, Plumbago scrambles to the ceiling, Datura bells hang overhead, and a clump of Paper Plant quietly puts on a fireworks show in the corner. Along one wall are dozens of scented geraniums whose crushed leaves smell like mint, lemon, rose, or pine. There is a bench to sit on and enjoy the scents and sights and the earthy, humid warmth. As you brush past one vigorous, yet delicate looking plant, its leaves curl up and the whole plant droops, looking dead in a matter of seconds. A few minutes later, it has recovered its composure and is looking healthy as ever, and you realize that you’re in the presence of a Sensitive Plant.

The atmosphere is welcoming, for the people at Logees are happy to have you there, and is worth a visit just to feed the senses.  It’s hard to resist taking home a souvenir, however- will it be a strange, bulbous-stemmed plant with gorgeous maroon flowers from Africa, an Australian finger Lime, or an Allspice plant? Nature is a versatile artist, and Logees the perfect gallery!

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