Saturday, July 7, 2007

Another interest, Orchids


We still have a few orchids left around the place. A few years ago our work schedules got crazier and water restrictions tightened due to the drought. So we sold most of our collection and the large greenhouse.

Among the orchids we couldn't part with was this one. The tag has long since faded in the sun and I cant find the old ledgers to confirm what family it is (Brasso-cattleya? Laelia-cattleya?) but its name is Prism Palette 'Rainbow'. It really is that electric in colour, its almost startling. Click the pic for a larger view.

Enjoy your saturday - see you tommorrow with Budgie Sunday!

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh wonderful ... another similar interest :) Are these the tiny native orchids, if they are ... maybe mine are flowering right now too! Beautiful photograph Lavender!

Lavender said...

Hi Anon! Birds & Orchids - great minds think alike?
These arent those lol...we do some some of the tiny pink 'rock' orchids, which are the ones you might mean. Those usually bloom for us in spring - love them too!

Anonymous said...

Yes, I meant rock orchids, but the tiny pink/purple ones. We have them but not on rocks, so I forgot Hahhaa. Almost forget what's down in the garden because of the rain. I MUST go see how the larger orchids are doing ... they are supposed to be flowering and had the worst year last year, which means this year should be better :)

Lavender said...

Hahaha - well, theres your trouble remembering....we have only two cymbidiums with spikes this year - which is a bummer as we wanted to try to reunite some of the plants with thier names - need blooms to tell which are which - maybe our good year is next year. Fingers crossed you have lots of beautys!

Ces said...

Oh orchids. Mu mother collected orchids. My childhood home was full of orchids everywhere. They are still around and my sister now takes care of them. I think growing orchids belongs to the higher level of gardening.

Lavender said...

'Ello Ces! That wouldve been lovely, how wonderful that they are still going too!
There is certinally a learning curve to growing orchids, but the secret is all in what species you select. Pick one that does well where you live - and you look like a champion horticulturalist. (Just hide the ones you killed before anyone notices!!!) LOL

Vic T said...

Hi Lavender, I would guess that it would be a BC because of the frill in the lip, regards Vic

Lavender said...

Cheers Vic - I appreciate that, and Thank You for stopping by and commenting!

Anonymous said...

You are right! These are nothing like my little pink/purple ones. Have you crawled behind the boat yet to see the little ones? Better be quick, mine are almost over flowering Heehee.

Lavender said...

Hi Anon!! I did crawl behind the boat the other day, and they were just starting to open...Thanks for the heads up, I wouldnt want to miss them! (Cant wait to get that boat to a more suitable spot!!!!) :)