|Phalaenopsis 'Double Delight'|
|Epilaeliocattleya Don Herman|
|Vanda Thongchai x Vanda Kasem's Delight|
Classic to unique
Flower shape varied so much from species-to-species. Some flowers had large rounded petals, others strappy petals. You can find plants with multiple flowers a tight cluster all open at the same time on the end of a spike, or spread out over the length of a spike opening one at a time slowly. I am now a big fan of the following orchids types: lady slippers, the genus Vanda, and many of the fragrant varieties. On display, I found the following flower that was just a lovely coral color. Such a unique color.
|Phragmipedium Don Wimber|
Is there a chocolatier in the house?
In the small room where the show was the air was a delightful bounty of fragrance. It turned out that there are a number of orchids that have scents varying from the light smell of soap, to a bold odorous smell, to chocolate. Yum!
|Pot. Shin Shiang 'Diamond' looks like daffodils, smells like heaven|
|Zygopetalum 'Blue Blazes'|
|Angraecum Veitchii 'White Star'|
|Cattlianthe Chocolate Drop 'Kodama' |
Like the name suggests, it smells like chocolate.
Blooms...blooms...blooms, that's what orchids are all about, or is it?
What the uninitiated may not know is that growing an orchid is not all about the flowers. A plant is only in bloom from a few days to two months. Sometimes they bloom longer, and worse, sometimes people don't get them to bloom at all. But having a plant not in bloom for about nine months doesn't have to be annoying like construction season. If this is your fear, I have learned that many of the orchids have especially nice leaves to save you. These can be used as center pieces or for the tiny plants, talking points.
|Dossinodes Indra's Net|
also happens to be a miniature orchid
Did you see that?
I heard a lot of chatter about not having space for such plants. A few of these demonstration lovelies showed if you like unique and don't have the space for the larger plants, there is an entire industry of miniature orchids. So many people took double-takes on the miniatures. They offered a punch in a petite-sized place.
|The Dendrobium peguanum plant measures in at a whopping 2"|