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

Monday, February 20, 2017

New York Orchid Show 2017: Thailand

New York Orchid Show 2017: Thailand
My favorite time of year has come around yet again.  The days are getting warmer and lighter, and the orchid show has opened at the New York Botanical Garden.  This year's theme is Thailand.  The show's typical lush displays of color feature many Vanda orchids, which are native to Southeast Asia.

I'll be putting up many more pictures from the show in the coming days, but here is a preview of what is to come:

I got to the garden right as it was opening, avoiding much of the crowds that would descend on the orchid show later in the day.
Phalaenopsis orchids arranged to resemble palm trees

Miniature orchids display
Deep purple variety of Dendrobium kingianum

Zygopetalum flowers
A rainbow of vandas so colorful, they don't even look quite real
Dendrobium hybrid

Many colors of dendrobium hybrids

Morning light shines through Oncostele Wildcat

More Oncostele Wildcat flowers