Vanda Orchids

The Vanda family of orchids is not large containing only about fifty species, however it is one of the most important florally. This genus and its close relations and hybrids are considered to be the most highly evolved of all orchids within Orchidaceae. The genus is very highly prized in horticulture for its showy, fragrant, long lasting, and intensely colourful flowers.

The name "Vanda" is comes from the Sanskrit name for the species Vanda tessellata. They are mostly epiphytic, but sometimes lithophytic or terrestrial orchids are distributed in India, Himalaya, SE Asia, Indonesia, the Philippines, New Guinea, southern China and northern Australia.

The genus has a monopodial growth habit with leaves that are highly variable according to habitat. Some have flat, typically broad, ovoid leaves (strap-leaves), while others have cylindrical (terete), fleshy leaves and are adapted to dry periods. The stems of these orchids vary considerably in size; there are miniature plants and plants with a length of several meters. The plants can become quite massive in habitat and in cultivation, and epiphytic species possess very large, rambling aerial root systems. There are few to many flattened flowers growing on a lateral inflorescence. Most show a yellow-brown color with brown markings, but they also appear in white, green, orange, red and burgundy shades. The lip has a small spur. Vandas usually bloom every few months and the flowers last for two to three weeks. Many Vanda orchids (especially Vanda coerulea) are endangered, and have never been common because they are usually only infrequently encountered in habitat and grow only in disturbed forest areas with high light levels, and are severely threatened and vulnerable to habitat destruction.

Vanda "Royal Blue"
The export of wild-collected specimens of the Blue Orchid (Vanda coerulea) and other wild Vandas is prohibited worldwide, as all orchids are listed on Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. However there are many stunning hybrids to interest the collector

Why Gardeners Incorporate a Bird Feeding Station Into Their Gardens

Whether your garden is personal or for the community, it can be an excellent place to feature both the natural flora and fauna of the area. There are a few different ways to draw the natural fauna to your garden or implement it yourself, depending on the type of bird, fish, or animal you are trying to attract. These gardens can be both beautiful and educational for your family or the community. It’s important to do some research to figure out what kind of living things you’d like to attract, purchase appropriate equipment, and grow the correct plants to keep these living things coming back to your garden. You also may need to protect certain plants from particular animals to keep your garden thriving amidst all the life.
Do Your Research
Find out what native plants, animals, insects, fish, and birds live in your area. Determine which animals you’d like to attract to the garden, and implement elements into it that might attract these. If you live in a desert area, you may want to introduce lizards and other amphibians to help control the bug population. Birds can also help with the bugs. Fish will obviously need to be introduced in a controlled way, and you’ll want to make sure your garden ponds are equipped to handle the fish you’d like to feature to ensure they can stay safe and healthy in a controlled environment. Consider how much labor it will take to care for these elements before purchasing them. Frogs and crickets make noise, so be prepared for the noise before introducing them to the environment. It may be your dream to have certain plants, animals, and other living things in your garden, but if they’re not native to the area, it may take too much work to help them thrive.

Equipment to Attract and Maintain
You may need to purchase or provide certain equipment to attract and maintain the presence of birds, animals, and fish in your garden. Once you get them there, make sure they stay. A bird feeding station is an excellent way to initially attract and keep birds in your garden. Click here for a myriad of featured bird feeders and supplies. Birds love birdbaths and feeders, and they are easy to purchase and install. You’ll need to consider how much time you want to spend maintaining both these items and factor that into your decision to get them. Also be aware that when birds are attracted to and stay in an area, they will probably begin to build their nests. Most gardeners will love the presence of these sweet little neighbors and encourage their presence. Birds can also help control the insect population.

Plant Choices
Depending on what plants you choose to put in your garden, you may get little animal visitors -- whether welcome or unwelcome. Plan your garden accordingly. If you live in more rural areas or small towns, rabbits and hares may be attracted to your garden, and while they’re cute, you may need to guard certain plants from their incessant chowing. Rabbits love more than just lettuce and carrots – they have been known to destroy strawberry plants and other precious berries you’ve worked so hard to grow, as well as flowers. Add protection around plants that are targets to animal and bird teeth through gates, screens, and other garden supplies. Likewise, you may want to incorporate plants that will attract certain animals and bugs, such as flowers for bees and butterflies, damp mossy earth for snails, and flowers for hummingbirds.