Archive for December, 2017

Donate to the American Orchid Society

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

Looking for a worthwhile organization that deserves an end-of-the-year donation? The American Orchid Society (AOS) is raising funds for vital research, conservation, and education efforts.¬†They’ve set a $40,000 goal by the end of the year, and you can help with a contribution. As a 501c3 non-profit group, donations to the AOS are tax-deductible as allowed […]

Solstice Orchids

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

Enjoy these natural orchid wonders to celebrate today’s solstice. So many orchids bloom in this season that they’re the perfect antidote for dark and cold. Inside and outside our home, there are Moth Orchids, Cattleyas, Cymbidiums, and Masdevallias flowering, among others. They certainly inspire me with warmth and tropical beauty. It’s a great way to […]

Two New Orchids Found in Western Australia

Monday, December 18th, 2017

Botanists in Western Australia discovered two new orchid species while out for a walk. At first, they thought that they were seeing color variations of known orchids. But Caladenia lateritica and Caladenia rosea are new to science. Both are fragrant, and both were found south of Perth near Dwellingup. The area is known as a […]

Are Traders and Traffickers Winning the Orchid Battle?

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

National Geographic¬†reports alarming news about the disappearance of wild orchids. Many species are disappearing from their native habitats because wild plants are being poached. In fact, illegal traffickers are so good at hunting rare orchids that scientists often discover new species for sale in a market before finding them in the wild. Some varieties are […]

Cymbidium Season

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

Cymbidiums adorn much of the California coast. Many varieties bloom in autumn, when orchid lovers can spot them in flowerpots and gardens on the coast of the SF Bay Area. Plants in my and my neighbors’ gardens are currently blossoming in Pacifica, and we’re enjoying another fantastic Cymbidium season. Many people are amazed that orchids […]

December Orchid Events

Friday, December 1st, 2017

It may be the slowest month of the year for orchid shows, but there are still events around the world. Many orchid societies hold holiday celebrations or orchid auctions this month, so check with your local group for more info. December 2 – 3 Bonnet House Orchid, Garden & Gourmet Food Festival, Bonnet House, 900 […]