Garden Diary - March 2011

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Thursday, 24 March 2011
Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden

Moth orchids. They have moth-like flowers in a wide array of colors. Sounds interesting. Phalaenopsis are one of the most popular orchids among home growers. Relatively easy to grow, they thrive in warm temperatures and moderate light. A great deal of their appeal is due to the fact that their flowers, which grown on long spikes, are very long-lasting. One spike can be in flower for several months. And at the New York Botanical Garden orchid show the moth orchids are splendid en mass or in detail.

The smaller dome at the end of the gallery used for seasonal exhibitions had massed displays, each
of a particular kind of orchid in its corners, different orchids in each, carefully staged and bounded
by a curved metal railing reminiscent of a balcony. The moth orchids shaded from deep pink to white.

The pillars in the gallery itself were also draped with orchids. Phalaenopsis,
their arching stems echo the curves of the metalwork and overhead display.
Phalaenopsis Sogo Kitty with rose pink blush suffusing the petals.


Variation on a theme - freckles and speckles washed across the petals.

The soft green fronds of a maidenhair fern create an elegant background.

Pay attention to small details. Fine lines stippled on one, blotches and drips of color on another.

Color bleeding out from the intese hue at the flowers' hearts.

Orchids used as bedding plants, where we might use impatiens. An urn with Alcantarea imperialis,
a giant bromeliad, has Phalaenopsis Prayoon White as an embellishment spilling over the urn.

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