Today was an off and on rainy day. I wanted to venture out somewhere, but also didn't want to rained on. I'd been wanting to go to Logee's again to pick up another Meyer Lemon plant and today ended up being the right day to do it.
Logee's Greenhouses is a fantastic I spot I discovered a couple years ago when I was looking to build up an edible garden in my home. They are located in Danielson, CT close to RT 395. I have a four season sunroom that I thought would be perfect and would allow me to continue growing my plants through the harsher winter months here in New England. A local store recommended Logee's for their variety and quality and I headed into Connecticut to check it out. Since that day I regularly get their catalogues, which are free when you sing up for their newsletter, and have recommended them to countless people all over the US. But, I will say that if you are local, it is worth a visit. Their staff is very friendly, knowledgeable and allow me to take photos of their wonderful inventory! If you enjoy plants and flowers you would also feel like a kid in a candy store. There is just so much to see there. Every time I visit I find new plants/flowers I hadn't noticed before.
So my purpose today was to get myself a Meyer Lemon Plant. These are fantastic as they do better in cooler climates, can be grown indoors, and fruit year round! So, even if you can't find much use for lemons their flowers produce a great aroma and you'll be happy to see flowers on them even throughout the winter, if kept indoors of course.
From the street this is the sign you will see as you approach Logee's.
From the parking lot area this is what you see as you walk up to the main entrance. The store is located in this part of the building with the gift store adjacent. Then you walk through and enter the first greenhouse. Note that about 98% of the plants you see in both greenhouses are for sale! So its always fun to walk around and browse.
You'll notice right away that the aisles are pretty narrow, but its only because there are so many plants to showcase. This plant really caught my eye as I was walking along.
The best thing is that each plant is labeled and basic information is provided. Especially with fruiting plants they will you approximately how big they will get, what zones they are good for, how much sun light they require and when they fruit.
There really is so much to look at here so I'd stop from time to time to take a quick photo of something that caught my eye.
This is a passion flower. I just find these awesome. They have over a dozen varieties of them at Logee's. Some are cold hardy to Zone 4. MA is zone 6 so that means they can withstand Canada weather easily. But, make sure you check the label to see which one. This photo is of one they had growing on the wall of the greenhouse. There were four flowers all over. From what I was reading they also produced a passion fruit, but these were all too small to have them. I was really curious to see what those were like as in the photos they looked like tiny watermelons.
Walking around another part of the greenhouse I found a passion fruit!! I was pleased to be paying attention and noticed a flower like the one above, but red in color. And there were several of these fruit all over as well. Really cool. These are a little larger than a golf ball.
Walking around further I saw this hanging plant with very interesting leaves. I had seen it before, but never with flowers so I had to take a photo.
But, that is only half of it. There is a whole other greenhouse off of this one. So I made my way over there as well.
This greenhouse housed a lot of the larger plants and edibles as well. If you look in the back you can see a huge loquat tree with fruit on it.
In the middle of this greenhouse there is a bench. So you can sit, relax and enjoy the plants and trees around you.
In the midst of the large trees and plants there were also smaller ones as well. This room had a lot of succulents and small plants for the house as well.
This is a path way on this side of the greenhouse where a lot of the smaller plants were hanging out enjoying the sun. At the far end you would find a lot of the succulents.
At this point I had my two plants and was ready to head out. I'm sure if they were open much longer I would have stayed wandering the whole place taking photos. I picked up the Meyer Lemon and the Finger Lime plant. And I picked up some soil from them as well. Another successful and fun trip to Logee's.
I highly recommend Logee's whether you need to purchase something for your home or just to spend an afternoon wandering amongst some awesome and exotic plants. You can visit their website and request a free catalogue at www.logees.com.