Archive for December, 2013

January Orchid Shows

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Celebrate the new year with orchids! It’s no surprise to find January orchid events in Florida and California, but you might not expect to find shows in Massachusetts, Michigan, and Minnesota during the depths of winter. No matter where they are, orchids are a beautiful addition to 2014. January 7 Hinckley & District Orchid Society […]

Holiday Orchid Care

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

Orchids have become favorite holiday gifts. Moth Orchids are as common as Poinsettias. So if you receive an orchid gift for the holidays, what should you do with it? Fortunately, orchids are easy with a few basic guidelines. Check the tips below to help your orchid thrive and bloom for years to come. What kind? […]

Warm Wishes

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

Warm wishes on this first day of winter! With today’s solstice, the planet spirals forward into another season. If you prefer balmier weather, some tropical inspiration may help to heat things up. Orchids are great antidotes to the cold and grey. Dave snapped most of these beautiful pictures at Pacific Orchid Expos in recent years. […]

The Orchid Mantis: A Deadly Orchid Mimic

Monday, December 16th, 2013

What looks like a delicate flower, but is actually an aggressive predator? The Orchid Mantis is one of nature’s most surprising creatures. Native to Malaysian and Indonesian rainforests, these insects really resemble flowers. With a cheery pink color, and legs that look like petals, their orchid disguises are so effective that their flying insect prey […]

Orchid Calendars for 2014

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Greet the new year with orchids! With these calendars, everyone can enjoy 12 months of remarkable flowers. Offerings from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and the¬†Smithsonian Institution really caught my eye. They’re just a few of the great 2014 choices.

Why Moth Orchids Are Great for Beginners

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Moth Orchids, or Phals, are some of the most popular houseplants in the world. Thanks to their beauty, elegance, and toughness, Phals now live in countless homes and offices. If you’re buying an orchid gift, especially for an orchid beginner, there’s no better choice. Here are few reasons why: Moth Orchids have very long lasting […]

Wacky Looking Orchids

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Check out great photos of wacky looking orchids at You have to see these bizarre flowers to believe them. The Monkey Face Orchid, the Flying Duck Orchid, and the Hammer Orchid look like Dr. Seuss invented them. It’s obvious how the Mirror Orchid and the Dove Orchid earned their nicknames. Over a dozen unusual […]

December Orchid Events

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

It’s the slowest month for orchid shows, but December still offers exciting events around the world. In addition, many orchid societies have holiday auctions and celebrations, so check with your local group for more prospects. December 2 – 6 International Congress on Orchid Conservation, Hotel Mercure Creolia, Saint-Denis, Reunion December 6 – 7 Orchid & […]