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Road Trip to Logee's Greenhouse

Passion Flower
Rex Begonia
Hibiscus

Last week, a colleague and I went to a conference ‘away.’  After two days and nights in beautiful Sturbridge, MA, we had a day to do some exploring and after some obligatory business-y visits, we found our way to Logee’s Greenhouse in Danielson, CT.  Logee’s catalog graces my mailbox two or three times a year and whenever it arrives, I declare to my husband that the ‘Plant Porn’ catalog has arrived, and drop most everything else to leaf through it to dream of purchasing and growing some of their unique plants.  We visited there a few years ago and came home with about $100 worth of small specimens that we gave as gifts and grew on ourselves.  The ‘Chicago Hardy’ fig has grown nearly to maturity and should give us a crop of figs this summer.  We gave a passion plant to a friend and a couple annuals went into the garden.  We gave my sister-in-law a coffee plant, though sadly it met its demise in fairly short order… So most of the specimens we bought were successful and unique to us.  So it was with great anticipation that we made the decision to stop there on this trip.

The ceiling at Logee’s is covered with about a million tiny green leaves that belong to the little-leaved fig. It makes you feel like the room is alive!  Descend the four or five steep, narrow steps into the greenhouse though, and that’s where a real plant geek can be indulged. The scent of jasmine greeted me followed by the sensuous scarlet passion flower in bloom.  A whole bench of unusually colored begonias led to tiny streptocarpus, coffee plants, and all manner of exotic species.  Pure white Clerodendron (aka Rice and Peas) with a red throat stole the show at the far end of the greenhouse.  The ceiling was draped with tropical vines with tendrils brushing my face as I eased by.  A few steps later, we were in another greenhouse where I saw the most amazing sunset colored hibiscus.  A few feet later I found what I was looking for.  I used to have some citrus plants but they succumbed to some insect or another a long time ago.  I smelled the blossoms before I could see them and followed my nose to a very tangled mass, from 3.5” pots to 6” hanging baskets, all jumbled together on a bench. The Meyer Lemon I wanted was trapped within several others but after a few painful tries I extracted it.  Next to the Meyers, there was a display of Key Lime plants, and I chose a small healthy one with dreams of making my own Key Lime Pie with them in a couple years. 

There was very little in the way of signage besides the name and variety of each plant, so I used my phone to look things up as I wandered further through the greenhouse.  Besides the lemon and the lime I ended up with a Pychnostachys dawei, http://www.horticopia.com/hortpix/html/pycdaw000.htm and Salvia dorisiana  http://www.fbts.com/salvia-dorisiana.html, two annuals that I will plant outside when the weather warms up. 

Once I got home, I potted everything into larger pots and will enjoy them in the house until they can be moved outdoors.  I was well-behaved and only spent about $50.  Heck, I would have spent that just to wander around in the tangled maze of exotic plants in the warm, sultry greenhouse for the hour.

Comments

That hibiscus is amazing!  Will we see some at Bartlett's?

 

Hilary Newell's picture

There will be hibiscus for the warmer season...the colors we get will depend on what our vendors have available at the time!

Rachel Dowling's picture

This gets me very excited about spring!!!! How beautifully you described the plant imbued world, Hilary!  I was just wondering about the idea of growing a lemon tree for my little boy who adores lemonade! Sounds like a fun trip, and you got a lot for your money!

Can't wait to get my planting on.

 

Hilary Newell's picture

Thanks Rachel!  Your goal of making your own lemonade is a worthy one!