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