Thursday, November 2, 2017

Orchids at work

Orchids at work
Hi again! This Summer (and Fall) have been an incredibly busy time for me. I finally finished graduate school (woo-hoo!), and then proceeded to move three times in three months (not recommended).  The blog posts fell by the wayside while that was going on, but now I am ready to start writing and posting again.  This summer I had the great opportunity to meet and speak at the Long Island Orchid Society, who are some incredibly friendly and knowledgeable orchid enthusiasts.  I picked up some new plants, and I look forward to sharing their flowers you.

For the past month, my orchid terrarium went into storage, while my orchids traveled to occupy my workspace. The change in environment worked better for some of my plants than for others.  The orchids get a lot of natural light from the North-facing window.  So much, in fact, that I burned a few of my phals when I had placed them too close to the glass.  Also the air is much drier here than in my terrarium at home-- I'm watering most of my plants multiple times a week.  
Fresh growth on Dendrobium Burana Sundae
Some of my orchids have really thrived with the change.  Dendrobium Burana Sundae is rapidly growing new leaves.  I've had this orchid for 4 years now, and had no luck in getting it to bloom for me.  Since it seems to be growing so well at my workspace, I think I will be keeping it here even after the rest of the flowers move home with me next month.

New spike on Ctt Jewel Box 'Scheherazade'
 Another orchid that is thriving in the new environment is my Cattlianthe Jewel Box 'Scheherazade'  This orchid last flowered for me in 2012, and for the first time in 5 years I am seeing the promise of a flower spike forming!

On the other hand, my reliable Phals need to get back to my terrarium as soon as it is ready again.  This is the time of year when the drop in temperatures usually produces a burst of new flower spikes.  But my workplace turns on the heating in the winter, so the phals haven't gotten their signal to start blooming.  

I also have a new Restrepia orchid which has been blooming for me all summer, which I look forward to sharing as soon as its next bloom matures. Be back soon!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Orchids at the Rawlings Conservatory in Baltimore

The Rawlings Conservatory of Baltimore
Last week during a visit to Baltimore, I had a chance to see the orchids at the Rawlings Conservatory. This historic conservatory was built in 1888, making it the second oldest public conservatory in the US.  Best of all, they have a room dedicated to showcasing orchids in bloom!

The orchid room at the conservatory
  The  ladies at the front desk said that this was a relatively quiet time for orchid blooms, but the little room was still a riot of color.

Laelia purpurata 'Schuster'

Guarianthe skinneri

Dendrobium Uniwai Pearl

Saturday, March 25, 2017

New York Orchid Show: Cymbidiums

Cymbidiums are colorful and showy orchids native to much of Tropical and Subtropical Asia.  The New York Orchid show often features lush displays of Cymbidium orchids, and this year is no exception.

Cymbidium Purple Haze
Cymbidium Sweetheart 'Sensation'
Cymbidium Sweetheart 'Sensation' closeup

Peloric Cymbidium Vanguard

Closeup of Peloric Cymbidium
Cymbidium Half Moon 'Wonderland'
Cymbidium Via Irish-Elf
Cymbidium Via Nogales 'Louise'
Cymbidium Yellow Submarine

Sunday, March 19, 2017

2017 New York Orchid Show: Phalaenopsis

New York may be stuck in winter, but the New York Botanical Gardens are in full bloom with the 2017 Orchid show. The Phalaenopsis is the flower that first comes to my mind when I think 'orchid'.  Phalaenopsis were the first orchids I ever owned, and the first orchids I managed to flower. Often taking center stage at this year's show, the gorgeous displays of phalaenopsis blooms create the quintessentially 'orchid' atmosphere at the Conservatory this month.

Phalaenopsis Surf Song

Phalaenospsis Surf Song

Phalaenopsis Surf Song

Phalaenopsis Fuller's Sunset

Phalaenopsis equestris

Phalaenopsis I-Hsin Spot Leopard

Phalaenopsis I-Hsin Spot Leopard

Phalaenopsis Kimono
Phalaenopsis Reyoung Corona

Sunday, March 5, 2017

2017 New York Orchid Show: Vandas

The "Thailand" themed orchid show features rainbow-colored displays of vandas
Colorful blooming orchids take over the conservatory at the New York Botanical Garden every spring.  I posted about this year's orchid show in February, when I attended the show opening.  There are so many orchids on display, that it is nearly impossible to really take in everything in one trip.  So I went back again next week.  

For this post, I want to take a closer look at the genus of South Asian orchids, which were beautifully featured in this year's show: Vandas.  Although vandas are a small genus (containing only 80 species), their flowers have the widest color range.  The orchid show displayed dazzling arrays of blue, yellow, red, and even brown vanda blossoms.

I only wish I could associate names with more of these gorgeous flowers.
Ascocenda Crownfox Red

Vanda Ben's Delight

Vanda Pachara Delight
Vanda Pachara Delight (different lighting angle)
Vanda Somsri Glory
Vanda Ratchaburi Fuchs-Katsura

Vanda Betty Baderman
Rhynvandopsis Memoria Mary Nattrass