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I’ve just noticed that this blog seems to have become a monthly publication. Not sure whether that elevates it to a rather grand literary status or whether I’m just a slack writer.

But let’s not argue the toss. I went to an orchid show today and have a few pictures to share…in no particular order and , annoyingly, mostly not named.

The womon selling cut stems of this said it’s a “tiger orchid.” But when I googled for more information, its leaves look different.

UPDATE: After trawling through books and websites I am convinced it’s an Epidendrum, but I have no further info. 


Here’s the stem I bought, with  alternate leaves and robust aerial roots (balancing in a bucket in the laundry.)


I may have mentioned that I love the swamp orchids and have a small plant which is yet to reach flowering stage. I think I should have taken it with me today, to encourage it!

A small selection of Phaius sp


Phaius alba  It opens a pure white and yellows as it ages.


Those were on a sales table; inside the Orchid House were more, in colours I’d not seen (mind you, I don’t know much about the orchid tribe and have a lot of “homework” to do!)

Isn’t this gorgeous!


…and this


…and this.


On to a Dendrobium (It had a tag reading “Samurai”)


Another nameless one…



I apologise for there being few names, but I’m hoping to go back in a day or so and will try to read the labels. Today I was mostly dodging prams and grannies!

Leaving orchids for the moment…

I had to take my car in for service the other day and I met a friend while the mechanic did the work. We wandered through a new new-ish art supplies store, had  a lovely lunch and saw a cushion. Twice. And the second time it “spoke” to me…IMG_0189_1.JPG

….    gave me a goofy look and said: “c’mon, you know you want me!”


So I bought him.


Author: dinahmow

A New Zealander, currently living in tropical Queensland,Australia (with 2 cats and one Main Man).Old enough to remember George VI, white tennis balls and life-before-television.You want more? Read the blog!

30 thoughts on “A DAY OUT WITH ORCHIDS

  1. I’m not au fait with orchids either (much, much less than you – you seem like an expert!), but my gods they’re beautiful! I really like the “Samurai” one, and the one below it looks like lots of tiny aliens (or skulls) in flamboyant flamenco frocks.
    Did you say you’re going back again tomorrow? You must have an iron will not to buy everything there. Either that or you don’t take much money with you…

    I would have bought that cushion, too. He’s the cutest giraffe I’ve ever seen!

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    • hahaha…falls about laughing like a mad woman.(which I may well be.)
      No, I’m not an orchid expert, but I do get a wee bit cranky with growers who don’t know the botanical names.
      And, yes, I will go back…one day soon and look at labels. I rather like the analogy of skulls/aliens in frocks. Perhaps I could submit something like that to MJ’s garden ‘do”?


  2. LOVE the orchids. And can see exactly why that very distinguished ‘raffe spoke to you.

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  3. The one after the dendrobium samurai is a beallara monfitch ‘howards dream’ … At least it looks like it. Absolutely gorgeous photos and orchids, I’ve never seen some.of them before.


  4. Sans labels is OK with me; just as lovely. Nice camera work.

    Hipster Giraffe, who knew!

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  5. They are absolutely glorious! i have always been terrified of orchids – not that they would stab me in my sleep or anything, but that they are very difficult plants. i can barely keep bamboo alive… And Hipster Giraffe was absolutely the right purchase. You’d have regretted leaving him there.

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    • I used to avoid orchids for the same reason.Well, when lived where winters were frosty, buying tropical species was not on. And, of course, some of the very jungle-y ones need better humidity year-round than I can provide. But I’m slowly getting to know what I can try.
      I just *knew* I had to have that cushion!
      And then I went to get the car and got the not-so-good news – need to save cushion money for a new set of wheels….So the $135.00 orchid is staying where it is .;-)


  6. I too want the giraffe.
    Leo is having fun encouraging shop bought orchids to flower again…so far it is Leo 2, orchids 1. We have some stunners on the finca but by the time I see them and go back for the camera I usually get distracted by something else.

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    • OK, form an orderly queue and I might let Hippy come and visit you in turn. Not promising, mind.
      Go! Leo. I hope you do get some pictures of them.Actually, I think it’s been a long time since we’ve seen the “new” house.(That’s known as a gentle hint, dear)

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  7. Love the orchid pics! I stick with the white moth variety because I can buy them at the market and they last a good while with very little thought from me. The pillow is delightful! xoxo

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  8. That’s a very sensible way to enjoy your orchids, Savvy.Very savvy of you! Many are relatively easy to care for, but some are touchy;usually the ones that are expensive! 🙂


  9. Orchids seem to be having a moment, suddenly I see them everywhere I go, they even have an article dedicated to them in the latest Vogue. But you’ve been doing them for ages, you trendsetter!

    $135.00? Eek!

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  10. Trendsetter?Moi? hahahaha! And that $135 tag was not the highest I saw that day.

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  11. I knew you had to be an orchid lover with so many in your own home and garden. They’re beauties every one. I happen to love the Fashion Animal cushion — no wonder he spoke to you 😀

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  12. Thank you. I do like some orchids;sadly, there are many I could not have, partly lack of room, mainly wrong climate. It would be ruinously expensive to set up specialised “zones”But I potter along with the ones I can manage.And, yes, sometimes they die!


  13. I think I’ve asked you this before but you don’t use a phone for these pics, correct? You use a proper camera, right?

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    • I don’t even have a cell phone! We have several cameras in this house. 3 old 35mm cameras, two of which are nearly 50 years old!
      But it’s the digital cameras that we use today. Mostly (for me, that is) the small Canon Powershot; that’s the one I had in NY.
      And the bigger Canon Rebel (bought in NY last time I was there).

      All of the pics in this post were shot with the Rebel.And all are straight from the camera-no editing, though I do, sometimes, fiddle about tweaking some.


  14. I would have whipped my purse out for that orchid in pic 5, it’s gorgeous. Have you tried growing your own vanilla?

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    • Mitzi, that’s one of the fabulous swamp Orchids. And I have my heart set one! I have some cuttings of vanilla orchid, just started.
      A friend, recently deceased, had grown one up a palm in her garden and we were able to get cuttings.If they “take” it will be a nice memory. Of course, they’ll need to be hand-pollinated since their pollinator is a bee native to mexico.


  15. They are all beautiful… it’s best I keep well away from them as I am the kiss of death to hot house flowers. I am much more suited to a talking cushion and a sofa.
    Apologies for my lateness!

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  16. Oh, I have some disasters with plants, to! I think all gardeners do at some time.
    And you needn’t apologise ; I know that young feller of yours keeps you on the trot. 🙂


  17. Thank you for sharing such stunning fotos of these gorgeous orchids (and fantastic pillow)! What marvelous flowers (and cool pillow)!

    I love the variety and vibrant colors and textures of the orchids. Luv vanilla! I don’t know much about scientific names, but that first orchid is what I recognize as a “tiger orchid”, because that’s what I knew it as growing up. I’m not gifted in gardening, so I don’t know proper plant names. Killing plants? Then yes, that I do very well. I’m the Grim Reaper of plants.

    I totally get what you mean about the importance of labels/names. It makes it easier to identify items. For a long time, I didn’t know what an ylang ylang was–til I brought a lei from a vacation in Hawaii and a friend told me I was wearing ylang ylang. I had to explain that I know this fragrant flower as a moso’oi, the way the native islanders called it. Spices also confused me. What I call cilantro is coriander in some places; annatto is called achiote in other places. Confounding? Yes, but it’s fascinating what different regions and cultures name these widespread plants.

    Thanks for the great orchid pics! I hope your orchids grow and thrive!

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    • You’re back! Good to see you around the traps, sir. Some of us were a tad concerned when that hurricane blew through TX.

      I have a ylang-ylang tree beside the front steps. beautiful flowers and fragrance, but I was a fool to plant it there! It’s a branch-throwing monster!


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