Archive for January, 2022

Hunt for Orchids at the Huntington

Tuesday, January 25th, 2022

In San Marino, California, the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens house over 10,000 orchids. It’s one of the largest and most diverse collections in the world, and just one reason why it’s worth visiting the Huntington. However, if you can’t visit in person, you can take a virtual tour of the Huntington’s orchids. […]

Donkey Orchids And Their Tricks

Sunday, January 16th, 2022

In Perth, Australia, biologist Daniela Scaccabarozzi, PhD, uncovers the complicated lives of Donkey Orchids. Named for their petals which stick up like donkey ears, Donkey Orchids such as Diuris magnifica and Diuris brumalis don’t offer nectar. However, they resemble nearby flowers which do. This food mimicry tricks bees into visiting. Failing to find nectar, the […]

Indoor Orchids Chase Away Winter Blues

Saturday, January 8th, 2022

Orchids can help take the chill out of a gray winter, cold rains, and short days. Fortunately, I have a lot blooming indoors right now. First, there’s a fragrant Cattleya hybrid in the row of photos above. It’s been reliable for years, pumping out white blossoms with rich purple coloring. The ruffled petals and lips […]

January Orchid Events

Saturday, January 1st, 2022

Happy 2022! The new year begins with many cancellations because of the latest COVID19 surge. Please check before attending to make sure that shows and auctions are still happening. I wouldn’t go anywhere without basic health precautions, and I only publicize in-person events here if masks are required. January 8 Orchid Society of Great Britain […]