The other weekend while attending the orchid show and sale and the gesneriad society meeting at the National Arboretum, I was delighted to see my friend's display garden doing amazingly well this fall (considering the summer's heat and drought and the fall's thus-far mercuriality). He cares for the gardens around the administrative building (that is, high-traffic tourist areas). I didn't take many pictures as I did in the spring when I volunteered for him to take photos of the gardens, but there were a few things that caught my eye (for example, the eight-foot-tall Brugmansia, which I didn't photograph, unfortunately--in fact, a lot of what caught my eye didn't catch my lens, but I got two for ya!).
This pitcher plant was photographed last year as well. If you click through, you'll see a picture of Echeveria "Topsy Turvy" that I thought was all lovey-dovey with me. There were more this fall, but I didn't photograph them. My friend has said they aren't as lovey-dovey to him, but I think they grow very nicely under his care!
A closer view of the pitcher plant leaf. It's very cool how you can see the individual hairs--but I can't wait to get a real camera ($$$) so I can zoom in even more!
This Kalanchoe wouldn't have grabbed my eye much--I mean, it's nice and all, but there were definitely many more-eye-catching plants in the garden--except for that I just got a plant of this variety, or something similar (the one I have is labeled Kalanchoe gastonis-bonnieri--I didn't see a label on the one at the Arboretum).
I feel that this post is a little anemic--the gardens at the National Arboretum are expansive and beautiful, but offering photos of only two plants doesn't do the place any sort of justice.
So, if you'd like a little tour of the grounds, click through to these old posts I have with pictures of the Arboretum.
Youth Garden Creepy Crawlies
Playing In The Dark
Bloom Bonanza (last four photos are from the Arboretum)
Flowering Fun (only one photo is from the Arboretum)
Gardening Is My Exercise
Rejoice: A Reward! (first five photos are from the Arboretum)
Volunteer Amateur Plant Photography