I’ve been to Croxteth Hall a few years ago and I remembered being impressed by the house and the walled garden. It has the mushroom house and interesting shaped fruit trees for a bigger yield. The greenhouse seemed less exciting at that time. A couple of days before Easter I saw on BBC News that a very rare and beautiful flower is housed at Croxteth Hall greenhouse. We went to see it on Saturday, it is really beautiful and unusual.
Jade Vine is a member of the pea and bean family. The plant grows wild in the Philippines, but it’s threatened due to loss of habitat. The stems are scrambling up other tropical rainforest species to reach the light and they can be as long as 20 metres. The staff at Croxteth explained to us how the flower is pollinated by bats, as they are attracted by the nectar its flowers produce.
As you can see there are so many other wonderful plants in the greenhouse, so don’t miss them if you are close.
Have you been to Croxteth Hall?