The contrast between the plants and trees outside at this time of year and then moving to those in the hot houses is so effective. Clever cat seeking out the warmth. Love the close up photo of the red flower towards the end of the section before the cacti- not sure what it is though ?
I enjoyed looking at the plants in the photos as much as you did Kerouac. So many are growing wild in my garden - except for those carnivorous tubular ones. The 'air plants' hanging down reminded me of the photos htmb has posted over the years.
That's the famous Spanish moss. All of the trees were absolutely buried in it where I grew up. But on my last visit to the region, I saw that Hurricane Katrina had removed all of it. I don't know how many years it takes to grow back, because obviously it is not a fast growing plant with no soil, no roots and no chlorophyll.