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Succulents in the Dome

By Alternativeeden
As an antidote to all that tropical lushness we've been posting recently about from our recent trip to Singapore, it's now the turn of Cacti and Succulents as we found a fantastic display of them inside the Flower Dome of Gardens by the Bay.

Succulents in the Dome

Succulents inside the colossal Flower Dome

The Flower Dome is one of two cooled conservatories (or glasshouses) within the complex of Gardens by the Bay and it houses a collection of plants from temperate regions of the world. This conservatory is climate controlled, with a cool-dry atmosphere while the other one, the Cloud Forest Dome has a cool-moist one (more about this conservatory in an upcoming post. The Flower Dome itself is colossal, actually both of them are and I will have to feature them in segments as well as a general overview of each of them.

Succulents in the Dome

Kalanchoe tomentosa

So back now to the Flower Dome, one of the areas in there is a Succulent Garden, presented in a way that they look like an 'Under the Sea' scape, like a coral reef if you may. Whilst the presentation is good as such, and rather unique, it doesn't really hit you as being under the sea as the succulents are very blue and gray. As far as I'm aware of a coral reef has a broader color palette than that....

Succulents in the Dome

Under a blue and gray sea....

Coral reef looking or not, the presentation is undeniably beautiful and they have some very beautiful specimens in there that will excite fans of cacti, succulents, and other xerophytic plants. But if you're not then the area is still a wonderful sight to behold.
Succulents in the Dome

I will let the photos do most of the talking and this post is certainly going to be very photo intensive. But before I proceed even more I'd like to point out that the conservatories, despite having gorgeous and varied specimens, are poorly/sparsely labelled. Something that they ought to address if they want to up their game of being a more serious botanical institution. I will identify the ones I recognize myself but for those unlabelled and you know what they are feel free to add to your comment.

Or just enjoy the look of them anyway, labelled or not :)


Succulents in the Dome
Succulents in the Dome
Succulents in the Dome
Succulents in the Dome

Succulents in the Dome

Agave macroacantha

Succulents in the Dome
Succulents in the Dome

Succulents in the Dome

Another shot in perspective with the ceiling of the dome

Succulents in the Dome

Succulents in the Dome

Hehe!! And it's labelled too!

Succulents in the Dome

Succulents in the Dome

A reminder why I love Yucca rostrata (in a row, middle of photo)

Succulents in the Dome

Succulents in the Dome

Spots of yellow in a sea of blue - Faucaria tuberculosa

Succulents in the Dome

Succulents in the Dome

A spot of sculpture here and there adds to the contrast

Succulents in the Dome

Echeveria runyonii 'Topsy Turvy'

Succulents in the Dome

The clumps of aloes, aeoniums and sanseverias along the blue gravel looked great

Succulents in the Dome
Succulents in the Dome

Succulents in the Dome

Agave ferdinandi-regis

Succulents in the Dome

Agave victoriae-reginae

Succulents in the Dome

Agave lophantha and Echeveria runyonii 'Topsy Turvy'

Succulents in the Dome
Succulents in the Dome
Succulents in the Dome
Succulents in the Dome

Succulents in the Dome

It'll be nicer once the Aloe plicatilis gets even bigger

Succulents in the Dome

Succulents in the Dome

A nice and simple arrangement in a container!

Succulents in the Dome

A variegated Agave attenuata

Succulents in the Dome

Succulents in the Dome

Yay it's labelled! Agave celsii 'Nova'

Succulents in the Dome
Succulents in the Dome

Succulents in the Dome

Dyckias were represented too

Succulents in the Dome

Agave 'Blue Glow'

Succulents in the Dome
Succulents in the Dome
Succulents in the Dome
Succulents in the Dome
Succulents in the Dome
Succulents in the Dome

Succulents in the Dome

A familiar face - Agave bracteosa

Succulents in the Dome

The agaves on both sides are Agave parryi var. truncata


Succulents in the Dome

Succulents in the Dome

As the planting is new some bigger specimens are still supported

Succulents in the Dome
Succulents in the Dome

Succulents in the Dome

Some Puyas were there too, like this one...

Succulents in the Dome

Succulents in the Dome

Agave pachycentra

Succulents in the Dome
Succulents in the Dome

So there you go, this area is a succulent treat! And to think this is just one area! More sections of this conservatory to follow soon....

Mark :-)

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