By popular demand, here are the varieties of tulips from Keukenhof. I tried to take photos that included the variety name as well as close-ups.
This was the highlight of our visit to Amsterdam and was very crowded! You can purchase tulips from the Netherlands here. More exterior shots from Keukenhof are coming.
Recently Damien Crosse traveled to Miami with Dato Foland. Here are some of the photos he took:
Calathea burle-marxii ‘White Ice’
Thoas swallowtail, Papilio (Heraclides) thoas autocles
This one has lost the tails
Common Morpho Butterfly (Morpho peleides)
[All species identified by my brother – thanks!]
A Chihuly sculpture surrounded by orchids is the center piece of this garden.
What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet…
Three photos of Damien with Dato and Miami in the background.
Damien and Dato at the beach.
Dato was ready for his close-up.
Way back on November 3rd, my brother and I went to the Tower Hill Orchid Show. We had a wonderful time; it is always great to see him and since his camera was way better than mine, I let him take the photos of the plants we admired. Here are the photos:
This Dendrobium cuthbertsonii was actually a very tiny plant with intense orange color. It stood out like a jewel at the show.
These Cirrhopetalium (Bulbophyllum) rothschildianum ‘A-doribil’ have a small ball-like organ that moves indepently of the rest of the flower and attract pollinators. We saw these last time and we were both still fascinated by this plant.
Sophronitis wittigiana is another orchid that has a very pretty color.
Vanda ‘Robert’s Delight’ was only photographed because my nephew, my brother’s son’s name is Robert. LOL!
Lepanthopsis astrophora has to be the smallest orchid at this show. I put my finger into the shot to give you some perspective of this size of this plant. Incredible!
Phalenopsis ‘Dtps Yu Pin Lady’ wowed us with her pretty inkspot-like pattern.
Schomburgkia ‘Wellesley’ has a profusion of upside-down flowers.
The Habenaria medusa is aptly named. We had never seen anything like it!
Phaphiopedilum ‘Angela’ seems to be drawn by a pointilist.
Masdevalia ‘Copper Angel’ is from a Peruvian rain forest and needs to be misted up to 8 times a day.
Pleurothallis nipterophylla is unusual because the flowers grow from the center of the leaf.
Masdevalia exquisita is another cutie from the Peruvian rain forest.
Everyone was photographing this superb arangement of Paphiopedilum superbiens. Stunning, aren’t they?
Isn’t the green on this Vanda sanderina ‘alba’ refreshing?
Here is a blog post about the Tower Hill Orchid Show that I attended with my brother this past weekend:
Even though it may seem that orchids are everywhere now, the real serious orchid grower remains a rare commodity, yet I warn you novices with your ice-cube orchids – before long, you will yern for something more, and you will move onto a dyed blue orchid – and then you might try just one cattleya, and before long, you are in rehab. Don’t ‘Do’ Orchids. They are addictive and hard to get off of. Don’t say that I didn’t warn you.
It has been said that the ‘orchid collector’ may be the most obsessed ( i.e. crazy, as in “they will kill someone for a rare orchid – read any book on orchid collecting and see!) of all enthusiasts, perhaps only to be outdone by dog-show people ( or is it the other way around?) Either way, we are doomed. I’ve been trying to stay away from anything orchid related for some time now, I ignore invitations to join local chapters of the AOS ( the American Orchid Society), if I accidentally click on a link to the AOS website, or to one of the hundreds of orchid grower sites that I have bookmarked for that day when I win Megabucks ( like Santa Barbara Orchid Estate), then I just as quickly hit the back space arrow. No orchids, not for me. Not yet. Must focus, must focus, must focus and resist.
|I might try Vanda orchids again, after seeing this incredible green one. Vanda sanderiana ‘alba’
with its chartreuse and white blossoms caused traffic jams in the hallway.
Read the rest of the post here.