Green Growth

Was I in Mozambique where this “hibiscus schizopetalus” commonly called ‘Fringed rosemallow’ grows?

No.  Last late September I ventured back to St. Louis. Past trips there generally had to do with history, particularly Lewis and Clark.  But this trip was to see their Botanical Gardens.  Although very much Autumn here at home, green growth was still very evident there.

So, you know about that plant that blooms only once so every few years, or decades, or whatever: Corpse Flower ?  It’s a big deal to many. Web cams are on 24-7, and when the short 1 day bloom window is open, t.v.sations announce it, lines of people pass by.

It’s a rare occurrence, but that stink, wow, holy cow.  Anyway, I was there. 2 days before it bloomed. Argh!  Ah, but the other things I saw…. Yet another Botanical Garden with glass art by Dale Chihuly. These are his very simple works.

What a peaceful place to stroll:

And a unique garden with raised beds and special tools for those with physical challenges, 

Oh, and I gotta mention Sassafras,  the place there where I had lunch. Great Grub: garden beef stew & deep dish quiche. Yum!

A founding father philanthropist named Shaw is to be thanked for starting this Botanical Research facility.  So, it’s no surprise that the great Swedish Botanist, Linnaeus, would be honored here.  It is his work upon which modern day botany is built.

For decades now I’ve been taken in by the pineapple. It was brought back, as I’ve mentioned in earlier posts, by seafaring Captains to their wife and girlfriends, as a gift from the tropics.  All along the Atlantic Coast, this symbol of hospitality is seen.  And so, I welcomed it here in a formal garden square in the American heartland as well. It welcomes, with hospitality, those entering the formal garden.

The boxwood is trimmed generally only twice a year, this one needing a hair cut.

But here? Ah, very neatly manicured!

And this, too:

Ah, and this, ….

 I’m always in hot pursuit of a Japanese Garden, I wasn’t disappointed.

I’m always interested in water features with sculptures, there were several here, including this one, …

I wasn’t expecting to see this: young and elderly alike learning to rope climb/repell up extremely tall trees. I counted nearly a dozen rope lines, 3 times as high as what this photo shows, on different branches.  I marveled at both those doing this AND the strength of the branches holding each line/human.  What fun, huh?

Well, back to that Fringed Rosemallow at the top of this posting, …I’m not saying I wouldn’t go to Mosambique to see their unique vegetation, I would. I just haven’t. Yet.  But,  why do so when Botanical Gardens here in our own regions grow them and teach us about how, where, and why they grow?

Thanks for coming along on this venture, I hope you enjoyed yourself.  That was my intent by sharing these few photos.  I wish I could share that stew and quiche with ya as well.

Be Well, Do Good.

2 thoughts on “Green Growth”

  1. I love the Missouri Botanical Gardens! Last year, I got to visit their private library and actually hold, in my bare hands, first editions of Darwin’s ‘Origin of Species’ and Carl Linnaeus’ earliest works, along with other botanical books from the 1700, 1600, and even the 1500s! It was an amazing day, both inside and out.

    The next time you find yourself in St. Louis, make sure you set aside time for the City Museum and breakfast at Eggs. You can’t go wrong with either one.

    1. How cool, being able to feel and see that history. Thanks too for the suggestions for City Museum and Eggs! Both sound great.

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