Sunday, April 12, 2009

The Orchid Post (Very OT)

I have finally gotten around to writing up "The Orchid Post". These are mainly orchids that either are currently in bloom, or in a few cases, just finished blooming. I will hopefully have some tatting content in my next post (but I'm not promising anything). Work has been pretty busy, due to Easter, and I went to my parents for a few days as well. Don't tell Sharon, but I also have my homework for Design-tat to finish (it is about diagramming tatting patterns, which is what I have been waiting for). So, it shouldn't take too long. I'll post the diagram here as well when I have it finished.

The first specimen in the list is my newest orchid.

This grand plant is a Cymbidium orchid. While it is difficult to tell in the picture, the plant is nearly three (3) feet tall. This is by far my largest orchid. Here is a closeup of a flower:

As usual, blogger did its random picture rotation thing with this picture. Each flower is large, about 5 inches in diameter. The care of the orchid sounds pretty easy, so I hope I don't kill it.

The next orchid is one I have shown before, though there is a difference with the flower that I didn't notice before. The is Phalaenopsis 'Salu Princess', one of my first orchids.

This flower looks pretty much like any white Moth orchid flower. However, this time the flowers were blushing. See:

The flower has a pink stripe on the uppermost petal. I am very pleased that the plant did this as it now makes it different from the other white Phalaenopsis that I own. I like different.

Here is another Phal (it's a NOID unfortunately), but it is still pretty.

This next Phal is, again, a NOID, but nonetheless it is my favourite. I have shown this orchid previously, but I love it so much it deserves another mention. The flowers on this orchid are thick and wax-like. Because of this, the flowers last a very long time.

This is another NOID Phal that is currently flowering. It is another new addition to my orchid collection.
Finally, here is Phalaenopsis 'Lemon Tree', or at least that's what it's supposed to be. The picture of the plant that I saw shows the flowers as being all yellow, with just the lip being white. But, it's still pretty.
As I mentioned earlier, my Hibiscus has started flowering again. The flower's are huge on this thing. I love it. I think I need a few more of these plants.

The last picture of the evening (er, night) is, well, unrecognizable. This is Cypripedium reginae, a North American native orchid. I found an article online about growing Cypripediums in pots, and wanted to give it a try.

I'll provide updates on this plant as it grows, and perhaps, flowers. I think I should mention, that I acquired this plant legally. I was assured when I purchased it that the plant was lab-grown. That's all for now. Hopefully I will be able to get some tatting done. Later.


  1. pretty. the orchids make good eye candy although tatting is preferred. LOL. there is quite a huge variety of orchids grown in the botanical gardens here and many are named after the VIPs to Singapore.

  2. Very pretty! I think my favorite is the blushing moth orchid!

  3. They are gorgeous! I'm sure the photos don't quite capture all of their beauty. Why does Blogger do wierd things with photos!? LOL! I've heard other bloggers complaining about blogger and photos the last couple of days.

  4. OK, I don't know from plants. What's a NOID?

  5. Thanks for stopping by everyone.

    I should have some tatting to show soon Valerie.

    I don't know why blogger does some of the things it does, Chiclet. Although the picture rotation things is a regular problem for me.

    Miranda, a NOID is a plant that has No Identification. That is, I don't know the name of the hybrid, or sometimes, the species. Thanks for stopping by.

  6. How lucky that you got yourself a C. reginae! Are you planning to plant it outside eventually? The new cymbidium as just lovely. It's nice that you have such a diverse collection.

  7. I may eventually plant the Cyp. outside, but for now it'll stay in a pot. This is only part of my collection. I figured early on that I would try different kinds of orchids to see what grows the best for me.