Blue water lily

After an unfortunate hiatus, the greenhouse blog has returned with fantastic news! A plant that quite accidentally hitchhiked from the University of Connecticut has not only established itself in our aquatic tank, but just today it opened its first flower! The species, Nymphaea caerulea, is native to Africa but cultivated widely. If you plan to visit the greenhouse, please also check out Clerodendrum nutans, the bridal veil, also generously donated (this time on purpose!) from the University of Connecticut. Another steady bloomer you might notice is Browallia speciosa, a gift from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Please check out the greenhouse plants while they bloom!