Orchid Show Redux

IMG_4442Since there were still some more great images that didn’t make it into my first Orchid Show post, I thought I would offer another view of the marvelously varied world of orchids.

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43 Responses to Orchid Show Redux

  1. Murtagh's Meadow says:


  2. HI Eliza, not five minutes ago a friend sent me an email with this link about orchids. You might enjoy. Loved the warm wonderful colors of the gorgeous orchids in this post.

  3. Maria F. says:

    Thanks for sharing this amazing variety Eliza; this one looks extremely varied.

  4. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing. They’re certainly a day-brightener!

  5. Such delicate beauty. Orchids charm me with the shapes and colors patterns you won’t find anywhere else. These are just what I needed to see tonight 😉 Do you collect orchids, Eliza? The dark red one is my favorite from this group. Do you want a cutting from my jewel orchid? That is so funny about the orchid email 😉

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Wasn’t it? GMTA – I don’t collect orchids per se. I have two that do quite well for me, a tiny dendrobium with a delicious scent and what may be a cymbidium – I got it over 10 yrs ago and the tag is long gone, but it flowers every spring like clockwork. I’d be happy to send you pieces if you want. I am rather bad at caring for things these days, so unless your jewel is easy, I’d best pass. 😉 Thanks for the offer!

      • https://forestgardenblog.wordpress.com/2014/01/23/jewel-orchid-in-bloom/ Here it is, Eliza. Very easy to grow 😉 Thank you for your offer of pieces, but I had better say, “Thank you but no thank you” to orchid cuttings. I’m not sure that I have any good spots left at the moment. You would laugh until your sides ached if you walked into our home at the moment- Every surface in the bright rooms are covered in plants! It is truly an addiction; an aberration maybe. But I would hate to accept cuttings and then not be able to keep them alive. We have about 2 months left of living in a greenhouse- then some of these pots can go back outside 😉

      • Eliza Waters says:

        I know what you mean. A couple of years ago I decided I needed to cut back as the house was being taken over! It is a lot of work to take care of dozens of plants. I still want to reduce the number in the sunspace.
        The gardens outside are heading in the same direction. I no longer have the energy to take care of so much! I want small and manageable, so learning how to say no is necessary, hard as it may be! 🙂

      • Check out the Grower’s Supply catalog, Eliza. Mine came yesterday. The first dozen or so pages are full of raised bed configurations for those ‘cutting back.’ I had to laugh at the great solutions for growing in small spaces. Moving is about the only successful strategy I’ve found for ‘cutting back’ and editing the collection 😉

      • Eliza Waters says:

        Oh, I have thought of moving often – lol! Especially when facing an invasive plant that I am trying to eradicate! Learning to live with my mistakes is not easy! 😉
        My front garden is sloped into 3 stonewall tiers, the bottom of which is 3′ tall, perfect for sitting upon and weeding. You must have seen the article in Horticulture with the raised beds made out of milk cartons? That is ingenious! Raised beds and drip irrigation – that’s the way to go!

      • What a perfect set up! And it must be stunning when it is all in growth. Don’t tell me YOU planted Bittersweet? Is that how you know which one to not plant?? Great planning to have a nice stone wall for sitting while you weed 😉

      • Eliza Waters says:

        Heavens, no, I did not, the birds plant bittersweet and a lot of it. It started, as all invasives do, in the beds of well-meaning gardeners. That was why I warned you not to repeat the mistakes of others. It is a sad thing. Next to our river it’s 90% impassable with honeysuckle, bittersweet, knotweed and multiflora rose. Impossible to eradicate at this point. We can only move forward and hope others avoid a similar fate.

      • You are right about “well meaning” gardeners. Substitute “ignorant,” and include me in their number…. Multiflora rose appeared in a new bed (this was 20 years ago now) where I had planted R. “The Fairy” from cuttings. I didn’t see the difference until it was too late, and the wild rose absolutely took that bed over. I couldn’t cut or dig enough to get rid of it. Add to that I had purposefully put some Jerusalem artichoke tubers in there- and again, could never eradicate them after the first season. We have the same problems with honeysuckle and other vines here taking the trees and blocking off views. Weeds… another reason to not look forward too eagerly to spring. 😉

      • Eliza Waters says:

        We’re on a roll here! LOL We could do a post on why we want winter to stick around a while longer. 🙂 I never thought I’d think like this, but since Lyme disease came along, it has taken the shine off of gardening for me. I go ahead anyway, but it weighs upon me. I get a lot of bites even though I am very careful, it is like battling the multifloras, almost impossible. So that is why winter can last as long as it wants and I’ll be fine with it! 🙂

        On Sat, Feb 28, 2015 at 6:47 PM, Eliza Waters wrote:


      • Eliza, the cold has addled your brain. Sitting there with how many feet of snow? 8? covering your garden, and you’re praising winter. Buds on the trees have begun to swell here, I’m sorry to say. We have an ice storm blowing in from the west overnight and I’m a little concerned for them. But, I guess they have adapted to our vague springs, haven’t they? If it is any comfort, I did learn that a tick must be attached to you through a full feeding cycle (at least 24 hours) to transmit Lyme disease. It isn’t the bite itself which transmits the disease… it is the long term feeding process. Our doc told us that last spring. We use a strong citrus scented body lotion any time we go outside after the ticks show up. Bath and Bodyworks ‘White Citrus’ is what we’ve been using. Its scent repels most insects… even our mosquitoes. Only May Flies dare bother us when wearing that! No bad chemicals- just the strong scent keeps most bities away, for us at least. But yes, Eliza- you have a marvelous idea for a post! Please do your top ten list of why you’re ready for another mini-ice age to engulf your garden 😉 I just posted some of the icy photos we took today. Can you imagine young people out riding their bikes on snowy slushy roads??? And they were jubilant 😉 Giant hugs, E

      • Eliza Waters says:

        I don’t think it is just the cold that has addled my brain 😉 I’ve been that way for longer than that! 🙂

        On Sat, Feb 28, 2015 at 8:14 PM, Eliza Waters wrote:


      • 😉 Happy to hear that, Eliza 😉

  6. Klasse Fotos. Freundliche Grüße. Wolfgang

  7. These images only show why orchids have kept fascinating us human beings for ages. Beautiful photos.

  8. Heather says:

    A nice winter’s respite.
    I rarely think of the Lady Slippers are orchids, but they surely are. Very pretty.

  9. mk says:

    I do love orchids. I think that very soon now, I will make a small study about how to grow them, and then have a go at it. I too am not up to the heavy lifting of some of my former pursuits. Orchid growing seems just the thing. A lovely post, thank you Eliza.

  10. Love the Orange lady sitting with legs crossed.

  11. Robbie says:

    I have wanted to try and grow these, but there are too many “beautiful” ones, how would a person pick just a few-I would want them all!

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