Thursday, December 18, 2008
Epidendrum, Crucifix Orchid
A red flowering form of Epidendrum (Crucifix Orchid) growing loosely tied to a bottlebrush tree in our front yard. It spends most of its time and energy growing away from the shade the tree casts, it would much prefer to be left to fend for itself under the full punishment of the sun. But when grown that way, I think the whole thing just looks too flea bitten and untidy. So suffer it must in the dappled shade.
Its been a real beast to try to photo. Red is naturally a tough colour to get right, and it is not right here. But I need the next flowers to open to have another go...and with any luck, they will be closer to the gardens edge, so I wont have to use the zoom to get them ;)