handle with caution

One of my favorite Chicago haunts is the Garfield Park Conservatory on Central Park just north of Lake Street. It has an Aroid House, which is a large room containing all sorts of aroids, spiky plants belonging to the Araceae family.

Plant size and form vary considerably.

Bunny Ears Cactus. Notice the tiny white clusters of glochids.

Yellow Tower.

Aeonium.

Golden Barrel Cactus.

And Queen Victoria Agave.

Admire with ease, but handle with caution.

more interesting

Trees, shrubs, and ground cover are more interesting than I give them credit for. These white pine needles resemble a July 4th fireworks show.

This shrub’s colors move from evergreen to a frosty blue grey.

And then this ground cover is just so fun. The stems look like spring action toys–if you pushed on them, they would spring right back.