|The Mizzell-Leu House, built in the 1880s as a farm house,|
now listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
I was there on a damp, overcast day in late February, but the visit was still enjoyable and there were a number of plants flowering, including many camellias, roses, perennials, bulbs and flowering trees. Here are a few photos I took:
|A massive live oak covered with hanging moss. Very southern-looking.|
|The fascinating Popcorn Cassia|
(Senna didymobotrya) in the Leu's Cottage
Garden. The leaves apparently smell like popcorn
when rubbed. Closeup next.
|I had to show a closeup of the flower and giant black seeds again,|
simply because it is so interesting.
|Another narcissus, together with that cottage garden stalwart, delphinium.|
I can only imagine that they must grow these as winter annuals in Florida,
as delphiniums can scarcely stand the summer heat here, let alone there.
|The cottage garden's herb garden, in which parsley grows alongside|
agave. Another Florida way of planting. Very interesting.
|Lemon trees in full fruit. Cool.|
|Soft Necklace Pod (Sophora tomentosa spp. occidentalis)|
|What an incredibly textural plant. It looks like a bunch of razor blades that might cut you terribly.|
|I don't even know what this fascinating curlicue plant is|
-- the label I took a photo of is not the correct label.
|Lovely azaleas on the way back to the visitor center.|
A very nice garden to visit; seeing so many beautifully growing plants made a nice contrast with the man-made environments of the Kennedy Space Center and Disneyworld. If you ever find yourself in the central Florida area, I highly recommend a visit to the Harry P. Leu Gardens. Thanks for reading!