31 May - Miltonia 'Red Jewel'

Miltonia 'Red Jewel'
We spotted Miltonia 'Red Jewel' at Kew Gardens Tropical Extravaganza back in February. I really love the patten, which reminded me of a tie dyed t-shirt!

Miltonia orchids (Miltoniopsis) typically have large fairly brightly colored, and occasionally fragrant flowers that can resemble pansies. Hence they are sometimes called pansy orchids. The Miltonia orchids usually flower from two or three years old and as they age they become much more floriferous, flowering from spring to mid-summer. The flower branches emerge from the orchid's narrow pseudobulbs. Each Orchid can produce as many as 20 flowers. The natural habitat for Miltoniopsis is a cool highland locations and as such the plants prefer to be kept moist. The temperature range for them should be kept at 10C (nightime) to 27C.

29 May 2012

Taiwan had a large exhibit in the grand pavilion at Chelsea this year, and the large golden dragon themed display won the designer a Gold Medal, the second year in a row they have won a Gold. This year Taiwan's exhibit was created with over 20,000 fresh orchids of some 50 different species, all of which were transported from Taiwan by air, according to its creator, the Taiwan Orchid Growers Association.

27 May 2012 - Paphiopedilum bellatulum

Paphiopedilum bellatulum
Paphiopedilum bellatulum
Paphiopedilum bellatulum is a small, warm to hot growing terrestrial species native to the Assam area of India, as well as  Thailand, Burma and Central and Yunnan China at altitudes of 300 to 1,600 meters.

It occurs in the wild in limestone cracks and crevices, so is usually in shady conditions. As you would anticipate the crevices often accumulate leaf mold and moss and wil typically be moist yet free-draining. The leaves are oblong in shape, elliptic, rounded and minutely emarginate apically, mottled dark and pale green leaves that are purple spots on the underside. Paphiopedilum bellatulum flowers in the spring and summer from a short,floral bract that is about half the length as the ovary that arises from the top center of the leaves and just clears or touches the leaves.

23 May 2012 - Chelsea Flower Show

The Orchid Society of Great Britain were also exhibiting in the Grand Pavilion, and they were for a more natural look. Here are a selection of photos of their RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012 display.

The display was awarded a Silver Gilt Medal, which is just short of the top Gold Medal. The display, in our opinion deserved a Gold, however Chelsea judges are notoriously strict in awarding points and spotting any flaws in the displays.

22 May 2012 - Chelsea Flower Show Special

The 99th RHS Chelsea Flower Show is currently under way in London and we were fortunate to visit today. Orchids were very much on display particularly in the Grand Pavilion with several dedicated exhibits and growers. The most vibrant displays were from the far east but naturalistic displays were also in evidence from growers such as Jacques Armand.

Here are a selection of photos from our trip.

Firstly a selection of photos from the Thailand display. This was very much an ornamental flower display rather than naturalistic. Whilst it may not be to everyones taste it was still stunning to look at, containing 80,000 blooms!

This was just one stand in the grand pavilion, theres lots more to see over the next few days!

1 May 2012

We are going to try a challenge during the month of May, to post a fantastic orchid flower photo every day. We will be attending the Chelsea Flower Show later in the month, so should have some amazing photos from the day.