So I haven’t gotten the spring orchid show pics fixed and posted. As an apology, please accept my peace offering of pictures of the first orchid I have ever gotten to bloom. Oddly enough, I purchased it at the spring show and it began to develop one bloom spike and then another in mid to late May and opened first buds closer to early June. It’s still going strong even into July and I hope to bring it to my orchid society for show and tell next week.

orchiddynasty:

Vanda Manuvadee ‘FCC Pink’  (V. coerulea x V. Ponpimal)

I feel I carry the flag for growing orchid species- they have all the color, fragrance and beauty that you can find in any hybrid. They also have a certain unexplainable “wow” factor when grown well. At times, species present many challenges to their culture, something which I enjoy. There is a great feeling when you bloom a plant from a small ecological niche in a far off land. You have recreated the exact conditions needed for this plant to thrive…and its something that you did (mind you this does not apply to our friends who live in tropical regions. If you can kick your orchid out the front door and chances are it will continue to grow…that is not orchid growing).In fact, there are many examples of orchid species which are extinct in the wild and only survive in our collections.

 But at times there are things I feel deserve what little space I can accommodate for hybrids. This is one of those rare instances. Vanda Manuvadee can become a big plant that takes up its fair share of space. But it does flower 2-3 times per year which makes it well worth the real estate. Note the clonal name…something that the hybridizer thought about the flowers-not an actual award. A thought I find agreeable.

transparent-flowers:

White orchid from the Orchidaceae family.

transparent-flowers:

White orchid from the Orchidaceae family.

Here’s some cute little orchids I won in today’s orchid society raffle to tide you over until I can sort through (and edit) all my orchid show pictures from Saturday.

The top one is ludisia discolor, commonly called a jewel orchid. When it’s a little larger it will have better leaves (which is what this type of orchid is usually grown for). The leaves feel like soft velvet.

The bottom one is labeled dendrobium kingianum. I look forward to trying to make it bloom, because some of the blooms I see on the search results are really cool.

Orchid show starts today! I’ll definitely be taking pictures.

If you can’t make it to the home and garden show this weekend (or just can’t get enough of orchids!) then maybe the Desert Valley Orchid society’s spring orchid show would be your thing.
I’ll most likely go to see what kind of plants they have for sale and take pictures of pretty orchids.

If you can’t make it to the home and garden show this weekend (or just can’t get enough of orchids!) then maybe the Desert Valley Orchid society’s spring orchid show would be your thing.

I’ll most likely go to see what kind of plants they have for sale and take pictures of pretty orchids.

I’m going to be at the Maricopa County Home & Garden Show today to help man our orchid society’s booth there. There’ll be plenty of orchids for sale and the more experienced growers will have great advice for helping your orchid(s) thrive.

Part One of my orchid pictures from last Monday’s orchid society meeting.

Orchid Mantis