Archive for June, 2016

July Orchid Shows

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

The Southern Hemisphere is busy with shows this month in Australia, Brazil, and South Africa. Big events also happen in the USA, UK, and Singapore, including Orchids in the Park in San Francisco, the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show near London, and the Singapore Garden Festival. July 1 – 3 Exposição Nacional de Orquídeas de […]

Vanilla: From Concern to Crisis

Saturday, June 25th, 2016

Vanilla, the world’s most delicious orchid, has been going up in price. The beans are more expensive due to several factors, including a poor crop in Madagascar, the world’s biggest producer. Other problems include speculators who hoard the beans, previous years of low prices when farmers switched to other crops, and criminals who use the […]

The Longest Days

Monday, June 20th, 2016

The summer solstice brings the longest days and shortest nights of the year. Humans, like plants, love that extra sunshine. To help celebrate today’s solstice, here are more photos from Dave’s recent visit to the Montreal Botanical Garden. I’ve already devoted two posts to the garden, and there’s still more to see. No orchids in […]

Orchids Love Fog

Friday, June 17th, 2016

Orchids love fog. That’s one reason why the Northern California coast is a great place to grow orchids outdoors. Frequent fog, especially in areas closest to the ocean, creates a perfect humid climate for cool growers. Orchids want at least 50% humidity. Fog occurs when levels reach 100%, and the air is saturated with enough […]

More from the Montreal Botanical Garden

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

It was easy to find more great photos from Dave’s trip to the Montreal Botanical Garden. These pictures come from the Orchids and Aroids Greenhouse and the Tropical Rainforest Greenhouse. They include more orchids and lots of bromeliads. The Tropical Rainforest Greenhouse features realistic depictions of how air plants, like orchids, grow attached to trees […]

Florida’s Wild Orchids

Saturday, June 4th, 2016

Thanks to Leighton Photography & Imaging for these gorgeous photos of Florida’s wild orchids. Check out great shots of rare natives like the Cigar Orchid and the Yellow Cowhorn Orchid. There are also beautiful photos of non-natives like the African Spotted Orchid, which have naturalized in Florida’s subtropical climate. You can find more native orchid […]

June Orchid Shows

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

The show schedule slows down in the Northern Hemisphere this month, but there are still plenty of events to be found. They are all great opportunities to see amazing flowers, talk to experts, take photos, and find new orchids for your own collection. June 3 – 4 Exposição Nacional de Orquídeas de Porto Feliz, Shopping […]