Cymbidium Chelsea Red

Another beautiful Cymbidium hybrid, Cymbidium Chelsea Red.

Cymbidium Chelsea Red 
Cymbidium Chelsea Red

Win A Mothers Day Orchid

We have a lovely Mothers Day gift available to win form Marks and Spencers, stunning Autograph Orchid Bowl.

This stylish twin stem multi-floral Phalaenopsis orchid will make a statement in any home. Allow it to cause a stir again and again by displaying by a window that doesn't get direct sun allowing it to bloom for many weeks. With care will reflower in future.



To Enter all you have to do is answer the following question.

What type of Orchid is pictured above.

a) Phalaenopsis 
b) Paphiopedilum 
c)Cymbidium

Remember we will need to be able to contact you if you do win, so whilst "anonymous replies" can be made to the blog if there isn't a way to contact you then these will sadly have be discounted.

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Terms and conditions: This competition closes at 23.59 on 6 March 2013. Any entries received after this time will not be counted. Entrants must be UK residents aged 18 years or older to enter. By entering this competition you agree and consent to your name being published and by taking part in the competition, entrants are deemed to have read, understood and accepted all of the Terms and Conditions and agreed to be bound by them. The winner will be selected at random from the correct entries and will be announced here on the blog. Please make sure we are able to contact you if you do win, as we will need to arrange for your prize to be sent to you to arrive by 9th March.

Wordless Wednesday Cymbidium Highland Surprise 'Lewes'

Cymbidium Highland Surprise 'Lewes' 
Cymbidium Highland Surprise 'Lewes'

Cymbidium Doris Dawson 'Scotch Mist'

Another fantastic Cymbidium from McBean Orchids Silver Gilt winning display at the 2013 RHS Plant and Design Show is the fantastic winter flowering orchid Cymbidium Doris Dawson 'Scotch Mist'.
Cymbidium Doris Dawson 'Scotch Mist'

Cymbidium Doris Dawson 'Scotch Mist'

Cymbidium Doris Dawson 'Scotch Mist'
Cymbidium Doris Dawson 'Scotch Mist'

Cymbidium Doris Dawson 'Scotch Mist'

Cymbidium Mighty Mouse 'Minnie'

Cymbidium Mighty Mouse 'Minnie' 
Cymbidium Mighty Mouse 'Minnie' on display at the RHS plant and design show earlier this week. This hybrid flowers from late winter though until the early summer. It is a cross between Cymbidium Redwood and Cymbidium Pajaro

Cymbidium Mighty Mouse 'Minnie' 

Cymbidium Mighty Mouse 'Minnie' 

Cymbidium Mighty Mouse 'Minnie' 

Cymbidium West Down "Winter White"

Cymbidium West Down "Winter White"
This beautiful Cymbidium, caught our attention at the recent RHS Plant and Design Show, Cymbidium West Down "Winter White". Cymbidium orchids are very popular, especially with beginners or for use in the home, and their showy flowers can last for a number of weeks. Ideally they are best grown in a cool conservatory and placed in the garden for the summer. As you can see from our photos this week they are generally winter and spring flowering although some varieties will flower in the summer and autumn as well.

The typical standard varieties such as Cymbidium West Down "Winter White" will grow into quite large plants showing off their large flowers. They should be potted on in the spring when flowering has finished roughly every 2 or 3 years.

Cymbidium West Down "Winter White"

Cymbidium West Down "Winter White"

Orchids at the 2013 RHS London Plant and Design Show

We went along to the RHS Spring Plant and Design Show today, and as well as plenty of bulbs, flowers and other exotic and unusual plants there were a great selection of Orchids.

I haven't yet had time to sort though everything but here is a selection. Names and more details to follow!



Cymbidium West Down "Winter White"




Orchids at Kew
Kew have shared a first photo from the orchid exhibition that opens tomorrow. For more information and tickets see the Kew website.

Phalaenopsis bellina


Phalaenopsis bellina
Phalaenopsis bellina
Phalaenopsis bellina a small orchid from Borneo. It is an epiphyte  that grows on lower branches of trees often in moist conditions such as overhanging streams, typically in shady, humid conditions. It prefers hot conditions as its origin would suggest. Once established it can repeat flower on the old flower stems so don't remove these when it has finished.

Burrageara Living Fire

Burrageara Living Fire
Burrageara Living Fire
Burrageara Living Fire prefers to be grown in partial shade and should be kept at a cool to intermediate temperature. It prefers to be kept moist but avoid overwatering as a sodden planting medium will encourage rot. Burrageara Living Firecan be potted in fir bark or similar medium and should bloom around autumn and winter. It is a hybrid between Vuylstekeara Edna × Oncidium maculatum