Recently I had the opportunity to visit Eureka Springs which is a Hillsborough County park close to my home. I had not been there in many years and was quite surprised to see the many upgrades that have been made.
There was a huge area with about 8 of these powder puff bushes in bloom.
This park was donated to the county in 1967 by Albert Greenberg. Mr. Greenberg had owned the land since 1938 and developed it into the first tropical fish farm in Florida. In his travels throughout the world looking for new tropical fish to bring back to his farm, he also found and brought back many rare and exotic plants.
Upon entering the gardens I found a large cultivated garden area with a spring fed stream, a pond, a sunny butterfly area, a shady garden area and a lovely pergola with beautiful orchids and other exotic tropical plants.
Oakleaf Hydrangeas were 6 feet tall and just as wide. Landscape Begonias were spread everywhere under the oak canopy as were Dancing Lady gingers.
Tucked into a sunny spot were mounds of Bat-faced Cuphea. Can you see the little bat face?
There were lots of different lilies growing gracefully in the shady gardens. This white one's name I don't know but the vibrant pink one is Ellen Bosanquet, a crinum. Floridagirl from Peace In The Valley gave me the ID on these which I have growing in my own garden.
This plant was at least 5 feet tall and covered with these gorgeous pendulous blooms. It was inside a greenhouse that was attached to the pergola area.
There were many orchids blooming which, while stunning, I wish I could have learned their names. Plant labels were not to be found.
I did recognize this giant birdnest fern though. It was absolutely gorgeous.
More orchids and hidden gingers ended this portion of the gardens.