|Dombeya cacuminum - quite beautiful!|
|Tabebuia impetignosa - looks like a great flowering cherry but pretty trumpet flowers close up|
More information Wikipedia entry
|Erythrina - Coral tree|
|Schizanthus - poor man's orchid|
|Ranunculus - probably the Accolade series|
|Senetti pericallis (trade name - not sure of the real one) with Osteospermums|
The jungle cruise was inevitably set amongst bamboos and lush exotics. In all its superbly maintained and without a gardener in sight, I can only assume it is maintained overnight! And no the figures in the picture aren't the gardeners!
Amongst the many display beds there were some of ornamental vegetables and herbs which to my delight included the lovely heritage Beet 'McGregor's Favourite'. This lovely foliage plant produces rich glossy red leaves and is great for summer planting. Don't however expect to get a crop for pickling as this is really just an ornamental. For years I have failed to find seed of this and had assumed it to be lost. I'll just have to see if Disney can tell me who the supplier is.
Near to our hotel was a small but beautifully designed shopping mall called The Garden Walk. Sadly most of the units were empty and boarded up but the landscaping and planting, mainly in containers was excellent. I hope it survives the recession.
Opposite the hotel there was a chunk of wasteland colonised by a haze of tantalizing blue flowers that we could see from our third floor room. It was totally enclosed so I couldn't get in but I found a gap in the fence for this photograph. The blue is Limonium perezii, a sea lavender, native to California. (correction - naturalised in California but not a native) The other small budded flowers are gazanias which later in the day opened with the sun's warmth to sheets of yellow and orange flowers.
Finally I have to mention the new Disney attraction called the World of Colour. For those of you that like water features, this is the ULTIMATE! I have always admired the Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas but this beats it by far. There is this huge lake filled with pipes and fountain heads which all disappear below the water's surface during the daytime. The show starts at 8pm and we found space right at the front in an area where we were warned 'You will get wet!'. For nearly half an hour our senses were assaulted with a dazzling display of dancing fountains, colours, lasers, flames and music. In true Disney style, clips of some of the famous movies were projected, not on a screen but on a curtain of water. For video - click here
As Disney promised, we did get wet and left damp but agreeing that it was 'The Happiest Place on Earth!'