More Orchids in the Park

To celebrate today’s solstice, I have more photos from last weekend’s Orchids in the Park, along with a few non-orchid shots from Golden Gate Park. Starting outdoors, end of summer delights included a fruit-laden pink passionflower and a working 1914 carousel at the Children’s Playground. The third photo shows part of the living roof at the Academy of Sciences in the foreground, and the top of the de Young Museum in the background.

Pink passionflower with fruit in Golden Gate ParkCarousel in Golden Gate Park Children's PlaygroundView of Academy of Sciences roof and de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park

Inside at Orchids in the Park, the colors began with a blue Dendrobium hybrid, lighter in color than its parent species. Bright colors continued with a pair of Cattleya hybrids which seemed to be inverses of one another. Both had wonderful scents.

Blue Dendrobium hybridCattleya hybridCattleya hybrid

A tiny Stelis featured mini flowers, each smaller than the letter “o” on my keyboard, and an elegant Phrag sported petals that drooped down longer than my arms. Rich red Vanda blooms fell into the large flower category, too. A big white Paph captured my attention, but so did the brilliant purple of a mini Phal. Finally, a multicolored hybrid Howeara displayed an abundance of small charms.

Close up of mini Stelis flowersPhrag flower pouchVanda flower and bud

Lady SlipperMini Phal speciesHoweara flowers

Whether you’re in the northern half of the planet entering autumn, or the southern half starting spring, orchids offer lots of reasons to celebrate the change of season.

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7 Comments on “More Orchids in the Park”

  1. Hanna at Orchid Care Says:

    I’ve been growing orchids for many years now and I think I’m quite good at it by now. My plants are healthy and therefore propagate and produce wonderful blooms. However, my Cattleyas have no scents.

    What am I doing wrong?

  2. Marc Says:

    Hello Hanna. You may not be doing anything wrong. Not all Cattleyas have scents. Others may only be fragrant for a few hours a day. It’s possible that some element of their care needs to be tweaked (a little more, or less, light, water, fertilizer, or humidity.) That’s where your years of experience and keen observations will help you experiment and figure out the solution.

  3. Kim S Says:

    What a fun event that must have been! I love all the pictures, but that little phal is my favorite.

  4. BB601 Says:

    amazIng pics!
    thanx for sharing

  5. nancy Says:

    Wow! Great pictures. Thanks for sharing your experience at the show. Great carousel too!

  6. Diane Kraus Says:

    Thanks for your beautiful post. Love em all, but especially that tiny one. I can’t beleive a fully formed flower is that small.

  7. A. Duran Says:

    I think that this is a good blog. I was willing to come back to look at your pictures again and again.