The greenhouse full of orchids, gingers, bromeliads and other epiphytes is my favorite part of this garden.
They have a neat little tea room and the cafe sells the freshly brewed iced tea. We enjoyed watching the Koi and drinking some excellent iced tea called Little Monkey.
The house on the grounds, the Christy Payne Mansion, is beautiful.
If I ever build a house again, this is the floor plan I would use, on a much smaller scale of course! The staircase is amazing. You'll have to go check it out!
On our way home we had dinner at The Ice House Pub in Punta Gorda. Love that place!
Our next stop was Leaf Asian Market where we bought quail eggs, a 6 pack of frozen quail and some jujube fruit. I've never tried jujube fruit. It was "okay". I'm not keen on growing plants with thorns, and since I wasn't gaga over the fruit I'll probably pass on growing it in the yard. Although, I will chuck the pits over the fence and if it grows out there, then that's fine with me!
I'm looking forward to trying the quail eggs tomorrow. Since we're on a quail kick, I figured we'd eat some birds for dinner next week and give the eggs a try.
It was a very relaxing day.