This past Thanksgiving, my husband and I went to Winter Park, Florida to visit our children. The last time we were in Winter Park it was August, so I was curious to see what type of flowers and plants, if any, were blooming. In my neck of the woods, everything is dead right now, so I was anxious to see some color and life again!
On our first full day of vacation, we went on the Winter Park Florida Scenic Boat Tour, and afterwards we walked around downtown Winter Park and Rollins College. These are just a few of the lovely plants and flowers, gardens, and fountains, that I discovered on my walk.
This is a pleasing garden right in front of a store window. These plants would be considered annuals in Wisconsin.
My son was mystified by this sculpture. He actually had to walk over and touch it because he couldn't believe it was a hard surface.
This park contained a rose garden with an amazing peacock fountain in the center (my favorite).
Here is a close up of the peacock fountain.
You do not see roses blooming in Wisconsin in late November, so this was quite a treat for me!
The rose bushes were planted in a circle around the fountain, and there was this stunning rose arbor behind the circular area too.
More showy rose bushes with an odd modern sculpture behind it. I have no idea what it is suppose to represent. Sometimes, I like modern art, and sometimes I don't. This is one I don't care for.
I loved this miniature lavender rose bush growing in a large pot.
I'm a huge fan of Gerbera Daisies, and I loved this yellow guy happily growing in a planter.
After walking downtown a bit, we ventured onto the Rollin's College Campus. I will share more pictures and stories of this impressive campus in a later travel post.
It was here we discovered another exquisite rose garden.
The college is filled with handsome Spanish architecture and serene garden courtyards. Isn't this Spanish fountain stunning?
I loved this giant concrete urn sitting in the center of a brick path of the rose garden. The Purple Fountain Grass in the center is such a dramatic focal point.
Hibiscus seemed to be popular flower for I found a lot of it growing in various containers and gardens throughout Winter Park.
And finally, it was the holiday season when we were visiting, so there were plenty of Poinsettias growing everywhere. I still find it surprising to see a Poinsettia plant outside. They are such tender plants in Wisconsin.
Have a great day! Amy
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