Archive for May, 2016

Orchids at the Montreal Botanical Garden

Monday, May 30th, 2016

Even if it seems that Dave is on a whirlwind tour of the planet’s botanical gardens, that’s not really the case. He’s just traveling a lot for work, and he’s taking advantage of chances to sightsee. Last week, after a conference in Canada, he was able to enjoy one of the most impressive gardens in […]

Gold Medal Orchids at the Chelsea Flower Show

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

McBean’s Orchids has won a gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show once again. It’s a welcome victory, especially since the venerable, 137-year-old British nursery almost went out of business recently. The Chelsea Flower Show runs through May 28th.

Purple Zygo Orchids

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

When you think of Zygo orchids, think purple. Zygos are known for brilliant purple hues, rich scents, and long-lasting flowers. Alongside all that purple, their showy blooms include green, white, and maroon. These photos show just of few of the growing number of Zygo varieties, with many new hybrids on the market.┬áThe species are native […]

International Phalaenopsis Alliance

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

The International Phalaenopsis Alliance (IPA) is all about the appreciation, cultivation, and conservation of Moth Orchids. IPA members receive the beautiful Phalaenopsis quarterly journal, full of Moth Orchid news and photos. Members also enjoy informative newsletters, national and regional meetings, and lots of opportunities to learn from experts. As part of its conservation efforts, the […]

Tough Masdevallia Withstands Strong Winds

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

It’s a common belief that all orchids are delicate and fragile, unable to adapt to any adverse conditions. A few orchids may fit that description, but many others are tough as nails. This magnificent yellow Masdevallia fits into the “tough as nails” category. Despite any flimsy appearances, these big, brilliant flowers can withstand strong winds. […]

Identifying Your Mother’s Day Orchid

Sunday, May 8th, 2016

Identifying your Mother’s Day orchid is an important part of basic orchid care. Since Moth Orchids are the most popular varieties, they’re the best place to start. It’s likely that your gift is a Moth Orchid, or Phal, like those in the first row of photos below. This is only a small sampling of countless […]

Millions of Native Orchids Flourish at Former Mining Waste Site

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

In New York’s Adirondack Mountains, millions of native orchids are flourishing near an old iron mine. The wetland area is now home to local orchids like Grass Pinks, Rose Pogonias, and Ladies’ Tresses. Since the mine closed in 1978, the site has recovered to become the perfect home for six native New York orchid species […]