• Orchids for the Fall Equinox

    AboutOrchids Sep 23, 2022 | 01:04 am

    The Northern California coast is usually warmest in autumn. The summer fog eases, and lets the sun shine through. In Pacifica, the warmer weather has arrived on schedule, and that’s reason enough to celebrate today’s equinox with some gorgeous blooms. They’re only photos from an old orchid show, but they fit the seasonal cycle quite […]

  • Orchids in Our Late Summer Garden

    AboutOrchids Sep 16, 2022 | 00:55 am

    Our Pacifica garden is finishing up the summer with radiant orchids. There are lots of great colors, small blossoms and large, and a swelling seedpod on my Prosthechea. It must be have been pollinated by a busy little Anna’s Hummingbird. The fruit has been growing for over two months already, its wilted flower still hanging […]

  • Orchids for Lehigh Acres: Restoring Florida’s Native Species

    AboutOrchids Sep 9, 2022 | 00:44 am

    Florida’s ongoing Million Orchid Project has been succeeding. Community groups, schools, and businesses, like the Lehigh Acres company highlighted in the news story below, are tying native orchids to trees. They hope to restore some of the state’s lost natural beauty, missing due to decades of habitat destruction and poaching. Run by Fairchild Tropical Botanic […]

  • September Orchid Events

    AboutOrchids Sep 2, 2022 | 02:33 am

    September is a busy month, with orchid events from six continents listed below. Orchid lovers in Australia and New Zealand have dozens of shows to choose from. Please wear masks to indoor events to protect yourself and others from COVID. September 1 – 3 Hawkesbury District Orchid Society Show, Richmond Market Place, 78 March St., […]

  • More Photos from Orchids in the Park

    AboutOrchids Aug 28, 2022 | 19:39 pm

    San Francisco’s recent Orchids in the Park event had far too much flower magic capture in a single post, and here are more photos to prove it. With such a great variety of species and hybrids, it’s not just their magnificent colors and patterns. It’s also their shapes, which can be elegant, dramatic, strange, or […]

  • Rhapsody in Blue – Spectacular Rare Orchid Found During Surveys in West Papua

    AboutOrchids Aug 24, 2022 | 04:48 am

    The tropical forests on Waigeo Island, which is off the western end of New Guinea, are famous for Wilson’s Bird of Paradise and other extraordinary plants and animals. Recently, a scientific expedition there cataloged 80 rare plants, including the deep sky-blue flowers of Dendrobium azureum. The species was scientifically discovered in 2013, after a dried […]

  • A Little Fuzzy Lady Slipper

    AboutOrchids Aug 17, 2022 | 16:15 pm

    This little Lady Slipper is colorful, cute, and fuzzy! Phragmipedium schlimii is native to the slopes of the Andes in Colombia. It’s smaller than most other Phragmipediums, or Phrags, so when I spotted this one for sale at last winter’s Pacific Orchid Expo, I figured I could find room for it indoors. A few months […]

  • The Orchid Project in Rwanda

    AboutOrchids Aug 13, 2022 | 23:00 pm

    Rwanda, a small, central African country, is home to over 240 native orchid species. The Orchid Project in Rwanda is an initiative of the African Community & Conservation Foundation (ACCF,) and works to save the country’s orchids, and restore them to their native habitats. Massive deforestation in the area has endangered plant and animals. The […]

  • Orchids in the Park 2022

    AboutOrchids Aug 8, 2022 | 04:24 am

    Last weekend’s Orchids in the Park event in San Francisco featured plenty of great plants for sale. There was no show this year, but a few of the vendors put out displays, and the sales tables were their own visual feasts. The extensive variety on offer is evident in these photos. It was very crowded […]

  • August Orchid Events

    AboutOrchids Aug 2, 2022 | 04:20 am

    Australia has a busy schedule this month, but there are also events in the USA, UK, New Zealand, and Colombia. Please wear a mask to indoor events and get a COVID vaccine to protect yourself and others. August 5 – 6 International Phalaenopsis Alliance Symposium, Hilton Garden Inn, Apopka City Center, 580 E. Main St., […]