Thursday, April 19, 2012

More Disney Landscapes. . .

I was in such a rush to get that last post out that I totally forgot about the beautiful flowers and plants around the other Disney parks.  So, I'll give them their due credit now in a brief pictorial entry.

With the exception of the last photo, all of these are from Disney's Animal Kingdom.  I don't know what most of them are.  I simply found them captivating.

The Tree of Life  is not a living tree. . .

. . . It is a manmade creation whose mammoth 50-foot trunk
is comprised of 325 carved animals. . .

. . . It stands an incredible 14 stories
(145 feet) tall.

You can get up close to see the carvings,
but we didn't get a chance.

This impressive tree was along the road on
the Kilimanjaro Safri

I don't remember what it was called,
but its foliage seasons were different.

Another version of this interesting tree.

Close up of waterfall.
A peaceful little waterfall along on of the walking paths
in Animal Kingdom.

These were in a tree along one of the foot paths.

I know it's not a plant, but. . .

. . . I really liked these lamps.

This beauty was along the entrance path.

Palm at park entrance

This palm amazed me.  The frosty green
fronds were huge.  It was beautiful.

These exotic lilies lined the walks around our resort,
perfuming the air with their scent. 

Monday, April 16, 2012

A Very Disney Spring. . .

Epcot was in bloom and captured the eye at every turn, painting the Disney park with vivid splashes of tropical colors.  And it wasn't just flower gardens involved in the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival.

Throughout the park there were topiaries produced in the likeness of favorite Disney characters.  At the entry to Epcot was "The Sorcerer's Apprentice."  Mickey stood atop his perch surrounded by the dancing brooms (which were not topiaries), and the iconic ball of Spaceship Earth towered behind him.  
There was also Peter Pan being chased by Captain Hook being chased by the crocodile.  In the World Showcase, we discovered SnowWhite with her pint-sized friends.  We also caught sight of Mickey and Minnie in the classic pose of American Gothic, the farmer and wife painting by Grant Wood.  On the way out of Epcot, there was a larger-then-life peacock sitting on the ground, his handsome tail "feathers" splayed in the ground cover around him.  Unfortunately, we missed quite a bit of the topiaries and those we saw, we saw mostly at night.

Happy, Grumpy, Doc & Snow White (left to right)

Just across the walk from Snow White and the dwarves was a beautiful, meticulous not-so-little train garden.  I was rushed through it--2 year old, you know--but what I saw was incredible.  It was so true-to-life.  Definitely one of the best train gardens I've seen.

In one of the smaller water areas there were floating flower "pots."  From what I could tell, they were impatiens and some green, leafy plants.  I can't be sure, though, because I am no expert on flowers.

All in all, Epcot's spring display was beautiful.  There are those exhibits that sadden me for missing them, such as the Pixie Garden with topiaries of Tinkerbell and her fairy friends, but  said la vie.  I enjoyed what I saw, and it was that much better for sharing it with the people I love most.  

If you want to see more photos of the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, google it.  There are loads of pics on the 'net.

Until next week, happy planting.