Orchids for the Fall Equinox

Posted September 22nd, 2022 by Marc Cohen
Categories: Photos

Masdevallia welischii 'Rip-Hoff' AM/AOS, orchid species flower, purple and orange flower, pleurothallid, Orchids in the Park 2013, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaPhragmipedium kovachii hybrid orchid flower, Lady Slipper, Phrag, large pnk flower, Orchids in the Park 2013, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaVanda coerulea, orchid species flowers, blue and white flowers, Orchids in the Park 2013, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

Cyrtochilum macranthum, AKA Oncidium macranthum, orchid species flower, large yellow purple and white flower, Orchids in the Park 2013, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaDendrochilum species from Malaysia, orchid species flower, Chain Orchid, rows of small flowers, Orchids in the Park 2013, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaMasdevallia Machu Pichu 'Crown Point' AM/AOS, orchid hybrid flower, bright pink flower, pleurothallid, Orchids in the Park 2013, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

The Northern California coast is usually warmest in autumn. The summer fog eases, and lets the sun shine through. In Pacifica, the warmer weather has arrived on schedule, and that’s reason enough to celebrate today’s equinox with some gorgeous blooms. They’re only photos from an old orchid show, but they fit the seasonal cycle quite nicely. As the days shorten, these incredible flowers stay luminous. Happy equinox.

Dendrobium Blue Violetta x Aridang Blue, orchid hybrid flowers, purple flowers, den-phals, Orchids in the Park 2014, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaDendrobium cuthbertsonii, orchid species flower, pink white and orange flower, miniature orchid, Orchids in the Park 2013, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaDendrobium vexillarius var. retroflexum, orchid species flowers, miniature orchid, blue white and orange flowers, Orchids in the Park 2013, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

Bulbophyllum orchid flowers, Cirrhopetalum, Daisy Orchid, weird flowers, Orchids in the Park 2013, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaPaphiopedilum Summer Ice, orchid hybrid flower, Lady Slipper flower, Paph, orange yellow and pink flower, Orchids in the Park 2013, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaPhragmipedium and Dendrochilum orchids, Lady Slipper flower, Phrag, Chain Orchid, Orchids in the Park 2013, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

Orchids in Our Late Summer Garden

Posted September 15th, 2022 by Marc Cohen
Categories: Cool Growers, Mini Orchids, Photos

Prosthechea vitellina, AKA Encyclia vitellina, Yolk-Yellow Orchid, orchid species flowers, bright orange and yellow flowers, grown outdoors in Pacifica, CaliforniaProsthechea vitellina, AKA Encyclia vitellina, Yolk-Yellow Orchid, orchid species seedpod with bright orange flower hanging from bottom, grown outdoors in Pacifica, CaliforniaCymbidium orchid hybrid flowers, orchid flowers with water drops, grown outdoors in Pacifica, California

Our Pacifica garden is finishing up the summer with radiant orchids. There are lots of great colors, small blossoms and large, and a swelling seedpod on my Prosthechea. It must be have been pollinated by a busy little Anna’s Hummingbird. The fruit has been growing for over two months already, its wilted flower still hanging below, as orange as ever. I’m not sure how much longer it will take to mature, but it’s fascinating to watch.

Masdevallia chaparensis, orchid species flower, flower with purple spots, pleurothallid, orchid flower with water drops, grown outdoors in Pacifica, CaliforniaCoelogyne mooreana, orchid species flower, close-up of flower lip, white yellow and orange flower, grown outdoors in Pacifica, CaliforniaMasdevallia Swallow, orchid hybrid flower, red flower, grown outdoors in Pacifica, California

Oncidium vulcanicum, AKA Cochlioda vulcanica, AKA Odontoglossum vulcanicum, bright pink flower, orchid species flower, flower with water drops, grown outdoors in Pacifica, CaliforniaArpophyllum giganteum subspecies alpinum, orchid species flowers, cluster of small bright magenta flowers, grown outdoors in Pacifica, CaliforniaDomingoa purpurea, AKA Nageliella purpurea, orchid species flowers, tiny pink and purple flowers, grown outdoors in Pacifica, California

These orchids have been reliable bloomers for years. Our garden on the foggy Northern California coast seems a fine substitute for a tropical mountain cloudforest. Cymbidiums, Masdevallias, Coelogynes, and Cochliodas represent the cool growers which flourish outdoors here. They endure lots of wind, occasional heat waves, slugs, bugs, and pesky raccoons. Even the miniatures, like those shown in the final row of photos, are tougher than they appear. They seem far too fragile to survive our blustery weather, but I pot them up securely so that they don’t blow away, and they thrive in our garden.

Orchids for Lehigh Acres: Restoring Florida’s Native Species

Posted September 8th, 2022 by Marc Cohen
Categories: Conservation, In the News, Videos

Florida’s ongoing Million Orchid Project has been succeeding. Community groups, schools, and businesses, like the Lehigh Acres company highlighted in the news story below, are tying native orchids to trees. They hope to restore some of the state’s lost natural beauty, missing due to decades of habitat destruction and poaching. Run by Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables, the Million Orchid Project has been supplying the lab-grown seedlings. It’s modeled on Singapore’s success in restoring its own native species. To be part of the Million Orchid Project, South Florida locals can purchase seedlings of several varieties. They include easy instructions to tie them to trees, and to help them survive and thrive.

September Orchid Events

Posted September 1st, 2022 by Marc Cohen
Categories: Events

September is a busy month, with orchid events from six continents listed below. Orchid lovers in Australia and New Zealand have dozens of shows to choose from. Please wear masks to indoor events to protect yourself and others from COVID.

September 1 – 3
Hawkesbury District Orchid Society Show, Richmond Market Place, 78 March St., Richmond, NSW, Australia
September 1 – 4
Australian Orchid Council Conference & Show, Logan Metro Centre, 357 Browns Plains Rd., Crestmead, Queensland, Australia
September 1 – 4
Exposição de Orquídeas, Tambiá Shopping, R. Dep. Odon Bezerra, 184, João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil
September 2 – 3
South Auckland Orchid Society Show, Pukekohe Town Hall, Massey Ave., Pukekohe, Auckland, New Zealand
September 2 – 4
Eastern Province Orchid Society Show, Fairview Sports Centre, 60 Willow Rd., Overbaakens, Gqeberha, Eastern Cape, South Africa
September 2 – 4
EXPOSORN, Parque do Museu Câmara Cascudo, Av. Hermes da Fonseca, 1398, Tirol, Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
September 3
Shoalhaven Orchid Society Show, Bomaderry Community Centre, 19 Birriley St., Bomaderry, NSW, Australia
September 3
Panania East Hills Orchid Society Show, Big W Campsie, 14-28 Amy St., Campsie, NSW, Australia
September 3 – 4
Welsh Orchid Festival, Aberglasney Gardens, Llangathen, Carmarthenshire, Wales, UK
September 3 – 4
Sale and District Orchid Society Show, VRI Hall, Pettit Dr., Sale, Victoria, Australia

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More Photos from Orchids in the Park

Posted August 28th, 2022 by Marc Cohen
Categories: Photos

Epidendrum orchid hybrid flowers, red and yellow flowers, Orchids in the Park 2022, Hall of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaEncyclia prismatocarpa, orchid species flowers, flowers with pointed purple lip, AKA Panarica prismatocarpa, Orchids in the Park 2022, Hall of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaZygopetalum orchid flower, flower with purple lip, Orchids in the Park 2022, Hall of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

Cymbidium aloifolium var. simulans, orchid species flower, red white and yellow flower, Orchids in the Park 2022, Hall of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaDendrobium laevifolium, orchid species flowers, pink and orange flowers, Orchids in the Park 2022, Hall of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaBrassolaeliocattleya Naomi's Delight, orchid hybrid flower, cattleya hybrid, orange purple and white flower, Orchids in the Park 2022, Hall of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

San Francisco’s recent Orchids in the Park event had far too much flower magic capture in a single post, and here are more photos to prove it. With such a great variety of species and hybrids, it’s not just their magnificent colors and patterns. It’s also their shapes, which can be elegant, dramatic, strange, or befuddling. It’s their fragrances, varying from sweet to spicy to floral to nasty. It’s their sizes, ranging from tiny plants with minuscule blooms to five foot (1.5 m) tall plants with blossoms as big as your hand, like the Sobralia in the final photo. It’s never boring with orchids.

Brassavola cucullata, orchid species flower with long white tapering petals and fringed lip, Orchids in the Park 2022, Hall of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaMasdevallia orchid flower, orangish red and purple flower, pleurothallid, Orchids in the Park 2022, Hall of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaStanhopea assidensis, orchid species flower, close-up of strange flower lip, Orchids in the Park 2022, Hall of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

Laeliocattleya Aussie Sunset x Sophrolaeliocattleya Virginia Dickey, orchid hybrid flower, cattleya hybrid, Orchids in the Park 2022, Hall of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaOncidium stacyi, AKA Trichocentrum stacyi, orchid species flowers, Orchids in the Park 2022, Hall of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaSobralia Veitchii, orchid hybrid flower, large purple and white flower, Orchids in the Park 2022, Hall of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

Rhapsody in Blue – Spectacular Rare Orchid Found During Surveys in West Papua

Posted August 23rd, 2022 by Marc Cohen
Categories: Conservation, In the News

The tropical forests on Waigeo Island, which is off the western end of New Guinea, are famous for Wilson’s Bird of Paradise and other extraordinary plants and animals. Recently, a scientific expedition there cataloged 80 rare plants, including the deep sky-blue flowers of Dendrobium azureum. The species was scientifically discovered in 2013, after a dried specimen sent to the Natural History Museum in London nearly a century ago was re-found and finally identified. This stunning Dendrobium is one of only a few true-blue orchids. It will turn a lot of heads, and hopefully encourage the protection of this extraordinary area.

To learn more about Dendrobium azureum, check out Kew.org. It includes the story of British entomologist Lucy Evelyn Cheesman, who collected the original specimen sent to London.

A Little Fuzzy Lady Slipper

Posted August 17th, 2022 by Marc Cohen
Categories: Fertilizing, Fragrant Orchids, Growing, Intermediate Growers, Photos, Watering

Phragmipedium schlimii, Lady Slipper orchid species flower, Phrag, pink red yellow and white flower, fuzzy flower, grown indoors in Pacifica, CaliforniaPhragmipedium schlimii, Lady Slipper orchid species flower, Phrag, pink red yellow and white flower, fuzzy flower, grown indoors in Pacifica, CaliforniaPhragmipedium schlimii, Lady Slipper orchid species flower, Phrag, flower close up, pink red yellow and white flower, fuzzy flower, grown indoors in Pacifica, California

This little Lady Slipper is colorful, cute, and fuzzy! Phragmipedium schlimii is native to the slopes of the Andes in Colombia. It’s smaller than most other Phragmipediums, or Phrags, so when I spotted this one for sale at last winter’s Pacific Orchid Expo, I figured I could find room for it indoors. A few months later, it popped open two adorable flowers. It stayed in bloom for almost a month. I’ve read that it has a light rose scent, but I didn’t detect any from mine.

Phragmipedium schlimii, Lady Slipper orchid species flower and leaves, Phrag, pink red yellow and white flower, fuzzy flower, grown indoors in Pacifica, CaliforniaPhragmipedium schlimii, Lady Slipper orchid species flower, Phrag, pink red yellow and white flower, fuzzy flower, grown indoors in Pacifica, CaliforniaPhragmipedium schlimii, Lady Slipper orchid species flower, close-up of flower lip, flower pouch, Phrag, pink red yellow and white flower, fuzzy flower, grown indoors in Pacifica, California

Phragmipedium schlimii, Lady Slipper orchid species flower, close-up of flower lip from above, flower pouch, Phrag, pink red yellow and white flower, fuzzy flower, grown indoors in Pacifica, CaliforniaPhragmipedium schlimii, Lady Slipper orchid species flower and leaves, Phrag, pink red yellow and white flower, fuzzy flower, grown indoors in Pacifica, CaliforniaPhragmipedium schlimii, Lady Slipper orchid species flower, Phrag, side view of flower, pink red yellow and white flower, fuzzy flower, grown indoors in Pacifica, California

Phrags grow similarly to Paphs, the more commonly sold Lady Slippers. In the wild, they often live near rivers and streams, or hanging from cliffs with trickling water which quickly drains away. In cultivation, they should be kept moist, but not saturated. They should not be left sitting in water. This species likes warm days and cool nights down to 60°F (16°C) or a little lower. Provide morning sun, high humidity, good air movement, and regular fertilizer.

Phragmipedium schlimii, Lady Slipper orchid species flower, Phrag, side view of flower, pink red yellow and white flower, fuzzy flower, grown indoors in Pacifica, CaliforniaPhragmipedium schlimii, Lady Slipper orchid species flower, Phrag, flower close up, pink red yellow and white flower, fuzzy flower, grown indoors in Pacifica, CaliforniaPhragmipedium schlimii, Lady Slipper orchid species flower next to a US quarter for size comparison, Phrag, pink red yellow and white flower, fuzzy flower, grown indoors in Pacifica, California

The final photo above shows a 1.5 inch (3.8 cm) bloom, slightly larger than a US quarter. Like many Phrags, sizes or colors can vary within the species. Some have paler or more intense pink hues. Some have larger flowers than mine. As far as I know, they’re all fuzzy. I don’t know why, but it certainly adds to their charms.

The Orchid Project in Rwanda

Posted August 13th, 2022 by Marc Cohen
Categories: Conservation, In the News

Rwanda, a small, central African country, is home to over 240 native orchid species. The Orchid Project in Rwanda is an initiative of the African Community & Conservation Foundation (ACCF,) and works to save the country’s orchids, and restore them to their native habitats. Massive deforestation in the area has endangered plant and animals. The group has already rescued many orchids, including saving thousands of Cynorkis anacamptoides from destruction. They’re also trying to conserve varied forms of the beautiful Leopard Orchid, Ansellia africana. You can support their efforts by donating to the ACCF. It’s a non-profit organization, so contributions are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Read more about Rwanda’s orchids at Orchids of Nyungwe, and Preserving the Fragile Beauty of Rwanda’s Indigenous Orchids.

Orchids in the Park 2022

Posted August 7th, 2022 by Marc Cohen
Categories: Photos

Dendrobium victoriae-reginae 'Royal Blue' AM/AOS x 'Blues Brothers' AM/AOS, orchid species flowers, blue and white flowers, Orchids in the Park 2022, Hall of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaPaphiopedilum hirsutissimum, Lady Slipper, Paph, orchid species flower, flower with twisted ruffled petals, Orchids in the Park 2022, Hall of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaPhalaenopsis LD's Bear Queen, Moth Orchid, Phal, orchid hybrid flower, yellow and bright pink flower, Orchids in the Park 2022, Hall of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California
Last weekend’s Orchids in the Park event in San Francisco featured plenty of great plants for sale. There was no show this year, but a few of the vendors put out displays, and the sales tables were their own visual feasts. The extensive variety on offer is evident in these photos.
Epidendrum orchid hybrid flowers, red yellow orange and cream flowers, Orchids in the Park 2022, Hall of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaOncidium hybrid orchid flower, Dancing Lady Orchid, yellow and purplish-black flower, Orchids in the Park 2022, Hall of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaCattleya orchid hybrids on sale in cellophane wrappers, colorful flowers, Orchids in the Park 2022, Hall of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

Clowesia russelliana, orchid species flowers, white flowers with green stripes, Orchids in the Park 2022, Hall of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaDendrobium cuthbertsonii, orchid species flowers, miniature orchids mounted on a piece of wood with moss, orange white and bright pink flowers, Orchids in the Park 2022, Hall of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaMasdevallia orchid flower, orange and red flower, Orchids in the Park 2022, Hall of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

It was very crowded while we were there, and some vendors had long lines to pick up pre-orders. I’ve been to busy events before, but I don’t recall seeing such bustling sales areas. Maybe the social-media and pandemic-inspired indoor plant craze has boosted business. Considering how hard these orchid vendors work, and what important conservation work many do, it was a refreshing sight. I came away with three new plants for myself. None were yet blooming, but I hope to keep them happy and highlight them in future posts.

Psychopsis orchid flower, Butterfly Orchid, mutated peloric flower, strange flower, yellow and reddish-brown flower, Orchids in the Park 2022, Hall of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaGoodyera rostellata, orchid species, variegated orchid leaves, Jewel Orchid, Orchids in the Park 2022, Hall of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaOrchid sales area with lots of orchids, including lots of Moth Orchids and blue Vandas, Orchids in the Park 2022, Hall of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

Brassavola orchid hybrid flowers, purple and white flowers, Orchids in the Park 2022, Hall of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaMasdevallia orchid flower, red and orange flower, Orchids in the Park 2022, Hall of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CaliforniaPlant sales area, Orchids in the Park 2022, Hall of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

August Orchid Events

Posted August 1st, 2022 by Marc Cohen
Categories: Events

Australia has a busy schedule this month, but there are also events in the USA, UK, New Zealand, and Colombia. Please wear a mask to indoor events and get a COVID vaccine to protect yourself and others.

August 5 – 6
International Phalaenopsis Alliance Symposium, Hilton Garden Inn, Apopka City Center, 580 E. Main St., Apopka, Florida
August 5 – 6
Maroochydore Orchid Society Show, Uniting Church Hall, Gloucester Rd., Buderim, Queensland, Australia
August 5 – 7
Manly Warringah Orchid Society Show, Belrose SuperCentre, 4/6 Niangala Close, Belrose, NSW, Australia
August 6
Houston Orchid Society Summer Workshop, First Christian Church, 1601 Sunset Blvd., Houston, Texas
August 6
North of England Orchid Society Show, Community Hall, Manchester Rd., Rixton with Glazebrook, Warrington, Cheshire, UK
August 10 – 15
Florecer – Feria de Artesanías, Jardín Botánico, Cl. 73 #51d-14, Medellín, Aranjuez, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
August 11 – 14
Campbelltown Orchid Society Show, Narellan Town Centre, Camden Valley Way, Narellan, NSW, Australia
August 12 – 13
Sapphire Coast Orchid Club Winter Show, Twyford Hall, Market St., Merimbula, NSW, Australia
August 12 – 14
Summer Exotic Plant & Orchid Festival, Westminster Mall, 1025 Westminster Mall, Westminster, California
August 12 – 14
National Orchid Extravaganza, Arena Sports Club, 140 Rookwood Rd., Yagoona, NSW, Australia

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