Archive for March, 2016

Wisley Orchids

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

In Surrey, UK, RHS Garden Wisley features colorful tropical orchids for a month-long exhibit from April 2nd – May 1st. Enjoy blooming orchids in the Glasshouse, and then enjoy them from an artistic perspective.┬áThe Wisley Garden Library displays orchid portraits until May 2nd, including works by renowned botanical artist Nellie Roberts.

Orchids with Tiny Flowers

Saturday, March 26th, 2016

With such incredible diversity, the orchid family features flowers of every size. Some varieties have tiny flowers, each bloom smaller than a fingernail. These mini blooms may be less popular than their larger relatives, but they are just as interesting. Big, showy orchid flowers may steal the spotlight, especially if you need a magnifying lens […]

Downy Rattlesnake Plantain Not As Scary As Its Name

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

Despite its nickname, the Downy Rattlesnake Plantain has no venom. It’s a hardy orchid species native to eastern North America, with beautiful white veining patterns on its leaves.

Equinox Orchids

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

There are always plenty of orchids to celebrate today’s spring equinox. Here are a few more of Dave’s photos from the recent Pacific Orchid Expo to mark the change of seasons. Here on the California coast, today brings official end to a rainy winter. It hasn’t ended our drought yet, but many reservoirs are full, […]

Climate Change Threatens Rare Minnesota Orchid

Friday, March 18th, 2016

Orchids in Minnesota? In fact, the state has dozens of native species, one being the Small White Lady Slipper, Cypripedium candidum. This rare orchid already has an uncertain future, threatened by habitat destruction and invasive species. Now, a new study examines dangers from climate change.

Orchids are Big Business in Taiwan

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

One the world’s largest orchid shows is happening now in Taiwan, a center of the orchid industry. The event features Monkey Orchids to honor the Year of the Monkey, and is expected to generate over US$300 million in export orders.

More From Vallarta Botanical Gardens

Saturday, March 12th, 2016

Enjoy these photos from our recent visit to Puerto Vallarta. We really enjoyed getting out of the touristy areas and plunging into the jungle at Vallarta Botanical Gardens. It’s a great nature escape 30 minutes south of the busy city. In addition to orchids, the gardens feature lots of amazing bromeliads, succulents, and every color […]

More Photos from Pacific Orchid Expo 2016

Sunday, March 6th, 2016

There aren’t enough superlatives to describe the Pacific Orchid Expo, with countless stunning blooms and more floral fragrances than my nose can process. But I think an under-appreciated aspect of the show is the diversity of all of these flowers. It’s mind-bending to contemplate that these all belong to a single plant family. This is […]

3D Printed Flowers Reveal Orchid Tricks

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

New printing technology is helping scientists to understand orchids better. Researchers used 3D printers to help create replicas of Dracula flowers, and experimented with these replicas to reveal how the orchids trick flies into pollinating them.

March Orchid Shows

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

The orchid show schedule really picks up this month, as milder weather makes orchid handling easier. Large shows abound in Santa Barbara, Philadelphia, San Diego, Montreal, Bangkok, Maui, Miami, and Taiwan. But there are also lots of great smaller shows in areas less well-known for orchids, like Boise, Winnipeg, and Tucson. March 4 – 6 […]