Winter Means It’s Time for Orchid Shows
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Orchids are the perfect winter flower. Redolent of the tropics whether grown in a Northern greenhouse or “wild” in a rainforest, their colors, shapes and scents attract travelers.
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Flower of the Day: Physalis Alkekengi

Submitted by on October 10, 2015 – 8:22 amNo Comment
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denmark_copenhagen_physalisSeen in the Botanical Garden shop in Copenhagen, Denmark, the Physalis alkekengi is a plant with burnt orange papery blooms also known as the Chinese lantern.

It’s related to the Physalis peruviana (whose fruit inside that papery calyx is edible), the tomatillo and more distant relatives including tomato, eggplant, potato and other nightshades.

(Photo ©2015 by Susan McKee)

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