I had forgotten about Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s free winter weekday admission until I saw Brokelyn’s post about it earlier this week. So I made plans to go with my also-marginally-employed friend on Friday morning (random aside: we planned to meet at 11am on 11.11.11!). I’ve been in the mood to go see some orchids, and I was also thinking about how the Grammatophyllum speciosum (AKA the Tiger Orchid) was probably due to bloom soonish. You may remember that I featured this plant as an Orchid of the Week quite awhile back; it’s believed to be the largest type of orchid in the world!
When we got to the Aquatic House at the BBG, we marveled at some lovely Vandas for awhile before I realized that the Tiger Orchid was already in bloom!! This plant is a truly stunning monster:
I’ve seen this orchid many times, but never in bloom before. It’s just spectacular:
You can’t get a good sense of the size of these flowers unless you see them in person. I wish I’d gotten some more close-up shots of them, but I guess this just means I’ll have to go back for a second (and maybe third) look.
Back to those lovely Vandas I mentioned:
Also of note was a Catasetum Incurvum:
And a gorgeous Bulbophyllum echinolabium:
My friend snapped a really great Hipstamatic pic of me admiring the Bulbophyllum:
While not an orchid, it’s definitely worth posting a photo of this specimen that my friend spotted in the cactus room:
Yup. You can see my full set of photos from the visit here.
All in all, we had a great time exploring the BBG for free! We enjoyed some hot apple cider to combat the chill and had a nice British woman take our photo at the Japanese garden:
Oh BBG, I will see you again soon!