Archive for June, 2012

Summer Orchid Care Tips

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Orchid care changes with the seasons. On top of summer’s warmth, the sun is highest in the sky and hours of daylight are at a maximum. Even on cloudy days, plants are working overtime to photosynthesize. On top of your regular watering schedule, water more during periods of active growth, warm weather, or windy conditions. […]


Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

If orchids could read blog posts, I might be suspicious of this Rhynchostele. I complained online that it hadn’t bloomed in 6 years, and a few days later, a pair of new flowers appeared. You can find it noted last in the list at Outdoor Orchids in San Francisco, part 1 under the name Lemboglossum. […]

Summer Solstice

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

San Francisco often welcomes the summer solstice with a cool fog, but today’s warm and sunny weather feels more in line with the beginning of the season. The most northerly trek of the sun has been noted throughout human history in every corner of the world. Whether you’re enjoying long hours of sunlight, or marking […]

Give Your Orchids a Summer Vacation

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Who doesn’t love a summer vacation? Orchids sure do. Many growers move plants outdoors to take advantage of pleasant summer weather. Orchids which have been kept indoors will thrive with fresh air and invigorating rain showers. Here are a few tips to help plan an orchid summer vacation. Bon voyage! Move plants into a shady […]

Spring in Pennsylvania

Friday, June 15th, 2012

Dave’s parents keep a beautiful garden at their home in Western Pennsylvania. Certainly, their cold winters aren’t very conducive for orchids, but there’s no shortage of other stunning plants. We visited earlier this month, which was the perfect time to enjoy brilliant blooms and new spring growth. With a great spring display, it’s easy to […]

The Amazing Monkey Orchid

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

Visit Kuriositas’ blog for great photos of The Amazing Monkey Orchid, aka the Dracula orchid. If you have any doubt why they call these blooms “orquidea mono“ or “monkey orchid” in Spanish, check out the second picture. With one look at the center of the flower, you may think you’re looking at Curious George himself. […]

New Orleans Orchid Society Show

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Thanks to my friend Blake for taking these great photos at last weekend’s New Orleans Orchid Society Show. The society’s 60th annual show was themed “The Mystery of Orchids.”  It featured over 20 exhibits, more than a dozen vendors, a raffle, and lots of gorgeous blooms. These samples from the show obviously enjoy the Big […]

June Orchid Shows

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Orchid events slow down with summer’s approach in the Northern Hemisphere, but orchid lovers in Australia have plenty to choose from. Shows offer great opportunities to see amazing flowers, talk with local experts, take photos, and buy orchids for your own collection. June 1 – 2 Bruce Peninsula Orchid Festival, Park Visitor Centre, Chi-Sintib’dek Rd. […]