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Sequel to Hunting Mushrooms

One day after publication of Hunting Mushrooms, they are everywhere!

Imagine my surprise, one day after publication of "Hunting Mushrooms" when I went to the Missouri Botanical Garden. The Garden is free to residents of St Louis City and St Louis County on Wednesdays and Saturdays before noon. The staff there was still busy taking down tents and signs from the Japanese Festival. In the Climatron, under the "Sensitive Plant" sign was a cluster of mushrooms!

In the Northern Hemisphere, we are about to enter the season of Autumn; in the Southern Hemisphere, the seasons are reversed so they are about to enter Spring. Because of this, I expected to see many plants in bloom. I was not disappointed. Also, many tropical plants make showy indoor house plants although in your home they will not attain the perfect size you see at the Garden.

The "Cubanola" plant blossoms (white) look much like the "Datura" (Angel Trumpet) blossoms I grew in an outdoor pot this year. The climbing Bird Nest Plant had bright red flowers in three stages of bloom and clouds of fruit flies pollinating it and hiding in the seed pods. The Castor bean plants (also red flowers) were easily 8 feet tall---other worthwhile examples can be seen in Tower Grove Park. There were many other tropical bloomers worth seeing, so take a trip down to South City this Saturday!

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