Monday, October 22, 2012

Adventures in Orchids

Danger!

Finally we had some gorgeous, fall-like weather this weekend, so my husband, mother-in-law and I checked out an orchid show and sale at the USF Botanical Gardens in Tampa. Lucky for us, there were only 12 vendors. We still managed to buy six orchids.

It’s a sickness, I tell you.

My husband and I go for variety in both size and color. I’m partial to scented orchids, my husband likes the dramatic and unusual ones. (If it’s variety you want, orchids are your flower: according to Wikipedia, orchids are one of the largest families of flowering plants, with more than 20,000 species found in 880 genera. Horticulturalists have produced more than 100,000 hybrids and cultivars since the introduction of tropical species in the 19th century.)

The new additions joined their brethren on our lanai where I hope they’ll be happy. One of my next chores needs to be writing down what types of orchids I have and what conditions they like.

I never thought I’d be interested in orchids. I’ve always preferred flowers like peonies, hydrangeas, roses. I can’t grow those here in Florida—at least not very successfully. (I’ve also become resigned to the lack of tulips and daffodils in my life.) But I can grow orchids—they thrive in our humid climate, so I’m going with the flow. If I can’t have a cottage garden, I’ll have a tropical one instead. At least I have flowers.

Here are the new additions. This one is tiny:

Oncidium Tsiki Marguerite
At the other extreme, this vanda is huge: 



This one, also a vanda, is scented:


Just love the color of this:

Miltassia C.M. Fitch ‘Izumi’...or so says the label...
This was unlabeled, but I think it’s a phaleonopsis:


I don’t know what this is, either, and am not sure of what the label says. Any ideas?


It felt good to be outside (and not be sweaty), to drink in the beauty of the flowers, to be with people I love, while at the same time fanning my passion for orchids. A satisfactory Saturday.

How have you fed your passions lately?

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6 comments:

Cheryl Gebhart said...

What gorgeous orchids!

Kathy A. Johnson said...

I know--it was hard not to come home with more.

Braulio said...

Hermosas flores,en mi país crecen como plantas silvestres,Son la flor Nacional.

sharon said...

I wanted to go but went to Boktoberfest instead....It was great!

Kathy A. Johnson said...

Braulio--Unfortunately, I don't speak Spanish, but according to Google Translate, your comment reads: "Beautiful flowers. In my country, they grow as wild plants, are the national flower."

My response: How lovely it would be to see these growing wild. Thank you for stopping by to visit. Google translates this to: "¡Qué hermoso sería ver a estos productos silvestres. Gracias por venir a visitar."

Kathy A. Johnson said...

Sharon--Was Boktoberfest at Bok Tower Gardens? I'll bet that was great. Such a wonderful garden.