To celebrate being runner-up to the awesome Mr. Subjunctive of Plants Are The Strangest People in the Best Indoor Gardening Blog category of the Mouse & Trowel Awards, here are a lot of pretty pictures!
But before the floriffic pornography, congratulations to the other category winners and runner-ups! Especially to the other finalists in the Best Indoor Gardening Blog category, a few of which I nominated for the category: Aerelonian of Plant Zone, Lisa of Get in the Garden, and Nature Assassin.
This water lily was blooming at the National Arboretum two weeks ago. It's beauty makes me want to get a big tub, fill it with water and koi, and grow some plants in my living room. But that's just ridiculous.
Purple smoke bush! At the National Arboretum! Exclamation point!
Cattails at the National Arboretum. In the background are the National Capitol Columns, from the East Portico of the Capitol on which many U.S. presidents were inaugurated throughout history. A few years ago, they were moved to the Arboretum for some reason, after being stored in the bottom of the Anacostia River for years.
The U.S. is a funny place.
A cattail close-up.
This is an Amorphophallus (I'm pretty sure that's what my friend said he had there) in bloom, surrounded by late-blooming Camellias. I couldn't smell the Amorphophallus, but I'm sure I'll be able to smell the ones growing in my apartment if they flower!
Well, eh, some tulips. Not really, like, that nice now that I look at them.
Now this is a real awesome tulip! It was growing outside of National Geographic. They have some good taste in plants, man!
Some cherry blossoms from the National Cherry Blossom Festival. I was there on 4 April.