Last week I took four of my children to LegoLand for a field trip with our home school co-op. LegoLand is on the grounds of the former Cypress Gardens theme park, a Florida classic since 1933. Fortunately, they have retained many of the best features of the original park, including the Island in the Sky ride, the water ski shows, and the botanical gardens. You can read about the LegoLand field trip here on my preschool/elementary blog: Florida Field Trips #5: LegoLand. In this post right here, I just want to share some photos from the gardens. Three of my children weren’t particularly interested in walking through, so they went on rides with friends and some other parents. One of the moms, a few other kids, and my own youngest daughter strolled the gardens with me.
|The Southern belle is constructed out of Legos.
In the old Cypress Gardens, human Southern belles greeted visitors.
|The gazebo stands in the distance.
Alligators, turtles and fish inhabit the pond.
Can you see the back of the alligator in this photo?
It is the light horizontal line right in the middle of the photo,
a down and to the left from the gazebo reflection.
|Mom and Melody|
|Banyan tree with several trunks:
Apparently is was planted in a five gallon bucket in the 1930’s.
|Are these vines hanging from the banyan tree?|
|The path goes right between trunks of the same tree!|
|Yes, that is a Lego monkey in the banyan tree!|
|I am guessing the purple flowers are bouganvilla.|
|This is Cypress Gardens,
so I’d better show a cypress tree!
This one stands in Lake Eloise.
Cypress trees love water!
|The spathe is the “pulpit” and the spadix is “Jack.”
This is because old-fashioned pulpits were elevated booths with covers.
You can see a picture of one here, second photo down:
|What are these? Can anyone tell me?|
|This is the bud form of the spiky red flower
in the last photo.
|St. Francis and the Birds|
|Saint Piacre, patron saint of gardens|
|Shell ginger! What is that?|
|The shell ginger plant hides its buds in a “shell.”|
|The buds have emerged from the shell, but aren’t in full bloom.|
|And here we are in bloom!
The colors of the inside were a complete surprise to me!
Another intriguing plant….
|A little mystery:
white fuzzy stuff all over one of the lawns.
|It came from the clumps of white fluff growing
on these floss silk trees. That’s a very
appropriate name, because that’s what it fees like!
|This is the trunk of the
floss silk tree.
It’s not soft at all!
In fact, it is covered with tough
|You can’t see the prickles very well
on the previous photo, so here is one I took
of an even pricklier floss silk tree
at Leu Gardens in Orlando.
(See here for more: Leu Gardens Again!)
|I don’t know what these are since I didn’t see a label,
but these white flowers ere growing on trees!
I tried using Google’s “Search by Image” feature to identify
the flower, but it didn’t come up with anything close enough.
Never heard of that? Go to http://images.google.com/ and
click the camera icon at the right of the search box.
The only luck I’ve had with it is searching for a copy of
an identical photo on the web.
Always pay attention to detail! Then look up background information to get more details. You can learn a lot that way!
You can see more of my flower posts here: Flowers