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
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
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?