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Spring At The Bellagio Hotel Conservatory In Las Vegas
So many flowers, the SCENT in this place is heavenly!
Calla Lilies, Poppies, Tulips, Daffodils, Wooden Shoes And More
The Conservatory display at the Bellagio Hotel here in Las Vegas in the Spring is a wonder to behold. The Conservatory is a spectacular and ever changing display of the seasons and a feast for the senses.
This Conservatory display is changed five times a year. In January it is decorated for Chinese New Year. Then the Spring exhibit is created. After that is a Summer exhibit, then a Fall exhibition, and then Christmas, which is absolutely magical at the Bellagio conservatory.
Springtime is especially beautiful here due to the gorgeous array of flowers decorating the entire Conservatory. With amazing varieties of flowers like gorgeous Calla Lilies, spectacular Iceland Poppies, Daffodils, and tulips, it feels like a virtual Spring-time wonderland!
The beautiful array of Calla Lilies here is so pretty. Variations of purple in all different shades is amazing. What I found to be interesting when doing some research is that Calla Lilies are not actually Lilies at all! Calla Lily is actually the common name for what is known as zantedeschia genus. They are plants that are native to tropical climates, most notably in Southern Africa. They actually got their name from a famous Swedish botanist.
These flowers are extremely popular in Europe, and are used quite often as wedding flowers. They start out as bulbs, and they spread by producing other bulbs. Calla Lilies are very hardy and strong and will grow just about anywhere that there is humidity. Well, so much for putting Calla Lilies in our garden here in Las Vegas... there is almost NO humidity here! But, they do quite well in the indoor atmosphere of the Bellagio Conservatory.
One thing I didn't know is that in some places where Calla Lilies are natively grown, they are considered to be weeds and are sometimes cut down to make more room for agricultural planting. Pretty amazing, I think they are way to pretty to be treated like weeds, but maybe that's just me!
I think my favorite flowers at the Bellagio Conservatory this Spring are the Iceland Poppies. From looking into it, I believe that the ones here at the Bellagio Hotel Conservatory are the variety known as "champagne bubbles." And I believe that because of the many variations of beautiful colors, along with their height. They range from bright oranges to deep reds to pink and yellow. It reminds me of the scene from the Wizard of Oz when Dorothy wakes up in a field of Poppies! Simply incredible and gorgeous flowers. The feeling when one is surrounded by them borders on magical!
Poppies grow very well in the early Spring when the weather is cooler, but I did read that they don't fare very well in hot weather. They are listed as perennials, but usually they only last one season. If one is lucky, they may get two years out of them, but that seems to be the exception rather than the rule.
The Tulips here at Bellagio Conservatory are not even open yet, since the display has only been open for about a week. But you can BET that we'll be back again to photograph those once they open. Tulips are so beautiful, and judging by the sheer amount of Tulips planted here, this display is going to be beautiful!
Tulips are a perennial plant found as far West as Southern Europe, North Africa, Iran and even China. They are Spring blooming bulbs Tulips can range in size from just 4 inches tall to about 28 inches. Tulips usually only produce one flower per stem, although there have been some that produce more than one flower.
The Tulip industry in Holland is a thriving industry bringing many tourists there every year. Tulips do best in places that have long, cool Springs and dry Summers. Tulips have the capability to cross pollinate, creating many beautiful genetically mixed varieties.
The Daffodils here at the Bellagio Conservatory are also beautiful to see, and create a wonderful contrast with all of the other colors of flowers. Daffodils flower in the Spring and are a part of the Amaryllis family of flowers. They are also native to Europe, North Africa and Asia. I've always found Daffodils to be interesting looking flowers due to the "trumpet" look they have. They add a fantastic touch of Spring to an already beautiful display.
One of my favorite parts of this years Springtime display at the Bellagio Conservatory is the pretty water features there. This boat they had which is decorated in Spring flowers is just beautiful, and along with the gazebo in the background, it creates such a peaceful and serene feeling.
These gigantic Dutch "Wooden Shoes" are just too cute as well. And the funny thing is, wooden shoes are actually worn in the Netherlands! They are made of poplar wood, and they even come in a wedding shoe (for any fashionista's out there looking for something different for a Spring wedding).
Now the trick with wooden shoes is that they should never be worn too tightly. They should always fit with one thumb width between a person's heel and the back of the shoe. Heavy socks are then worn to make them fit better. And if they still don't fit, two or even three pairs of socks can be worn to make them fit just right.
I don't know about the wooden shoes, I'm thinking I might stick with the shoes I already own. Besides, my own shoes are already "broken in."And I have to admit, I've entered the age of "sensible shoes!"
Some years, the Bellagio Hotel Conservatory features an interesting butterfly exhibit as well. They place signs in the exhibit showing the life stages of the butterfly that provide an educational and interesting experience. The butterflies are simply amazing and beautiful to watch, especially for people who live in places where they don't normally see very many butterflies. The butterflies range in size from very small to huge and some have wingspans as big as six inches.
Hope you enjoyed this trip through the magnificent Bellagio Hotel Conservatory's Springtime display. The Conservatory at the Bellagio Hotel on the Strip is a must-see for any visitor to Las Vegas, and it does change every year, so you never see the same thing twice.
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