Archive for June, 2022

The Pollinator’s Guide to Orchids

Monday, June 27th, 2022

Did you know that birds can’t smell sweet scents, so orchids instead use bright reds, oranges, yellows, or purples to attract them? The brilliant minds of Smithsonian Gardens have made a great resource about orchid pollination. The charming webpage explains how birds, moths, butterflies, bees, wasps, and flies fertilize flowers. It also includes beautiful photos, […]

More Wonders of the San Francisco Botanical Garden

Tuesday, June 21st, 2022

Celebrate today’s summer solstice with more photos from our recent visit to San Francisco Botanical Garden. I already blogged about three of the most amazing plants we saw, but of course, the rest of the gardens are stunning, too. There were California natives, like a gorgeous California Azalea, and giant Coast Redwood Trees. South African […]

Protect Ecuador’s Valley of Orchids

Saturday, June 18th, 2022

The Rainforest Trust and the Orchid Conservation Alliance (OCA) are working hard to save endangered orchids. Both groups are trying to raise emergency funds to purchase properties next to Ecuador’s Dracula Reserve. New mining activities are destroying nearby rainforests and threatening the entire area, which is a biodiversity hotspot. This Valley of Orchids is home […]

Wonders of the San Francisco Botanical Garden

Tuesday, June 14th, 2022

San Francisco Botanical Garden, also known as Strybing Arboretum, is full of wonders. Whenever we go, Dave and I always expect to enjoy lush growth and plentiful blooms. But on a recent visit, it seems the gardens went above and beyond their usual magic. There weren’t any orchids, but we were astounded by some stunning […]

Spate of Orchid Thefts in England Puts Rare Species at Risk

Tuesday, June 7th, 2022

Orchid thieves have been busy in the UK, destroying native species in the process. Burnt-tip Orchids and Late Spider Orchids are both rare and endangered in England. Dozens of them have gone missing. Orchid experts believe that the plants may have been “stolen to order” by foolish and selfish orchid collectors, who don’t care about […]

June Orchid Events

Wednesday, June 1st, 2022

As more in-person orchid events return, it’s also nice to see online events continuing. For example, this year’s Orchid Digest Speakers Day allows for both in-person and virtual attendance, so people can attend from anywhere in the world. Stay safe at in-person events by wearing masks and getting vaccinated. June 3 – 5 New Orleans […]