And here I was all pleased because I managed to get my miserable little orchids to bloom a second time. Nothing to compare with those in your pictures. These are all orchids? Is the climate warm and humid?
You have me intrigued Mick. The orchids are lovely but I'm trying to put names to the other unusual flowers and that great big green 'baloon' of a fruit. The nearest I can find to it's comparison is Crescentia cujete or common name Calabash tree. Then I recognised what I think is Christ Thorn, the Lobster Claw flower, and the palm is a Cuban Royal Palm - Royestonea regia/Oredoxa regia. I see in the Caribbean it could be called the Caribbean Palm or Roystonica oleracea. My neighbor has one at the entrance to her gate but could swear to the exact name. Thanks for all the photos!
Or, maybe it's two separate plants? The one in the rear being an orchid and it's bloom sticking it's neck out saying, "see me see me!!!", and the one in the forefront a ginger. Maybe our intrepid reporter wrote down the names of the plants he took pictures of. A lot of times the plants are not labelled. A major pet peeve of mine.
I would like to know what the spikey green & purple leafed plant is? I have the smaller one growing along a terraced section of concrete garden blocks. They do a reasonable job of disguising the blocks filled with soil.
Sorry but I didn't take notes mainly because I was accompanied by Mrs Cactus and 2 other people and it was bad enough me stopping every 30 seconds to take a picture but taking notes as well would have driven them crazy.
Casi is also right that they aren't that fussy to grow, rather like cacti and succulents. Only a handful are tricky.
Most of the orchids were labelled btw but not much else.
Not a big garden. If you weren't particularly interested in stopping to look at the plants you would be through in about 30 minutes.