In March gardeners need flowers so members of the Greenfield Garden Club set off for the historic Lyman Greenhouse in Waltham, Massachusetts. It was so exciting to be able to walk under this tropical vine as we began our tour of the greenhouse.
There are literally thousands of plants in the greenhouse of every variety. Most of them are houseplants, some familiar and some dramatic and strange. The greenhouse is filled with orchids, succulents and many other beautiful and strange houseplants. Many of these are sold to support the Lyman Greenhouse.
In the strange category are these climbing onions with feathery asparagus like lacy foliage.
The many orchids, in full bloom, are definitely in the beautiful category.
One of the treasures of the Lyman Greenhouse is the Camellia room. Some of the camellias here are 100 years old. We were fortunate to arrive in March because they began blooming in November and are now drawing near the end of their bloom period.
This is just one of the camellia trees. There are still some buds beginning to swell, but some of the flowers are slowly turning a golden shade and then beige as they die and fall away.
I love this camellia, partly because it resembles a striped rose I used to have.
As I toured through the different rooms I had to wonder who Mr. Lyman was. There is not too much information online, but the New England Historical Society did come up with information about his family, his successful trading with China, his philanthropy, his palatial home and gardens.
I confess I only bought a single rhizomatous begonia in delicate bloom – but you have to remember that I have very little space in my house for plants. MAYBE I need a little greenhouse.