Happy Orchid Show Opening Day, everyone! I had the good fortune to be able to attend the NYBG‘s annual show yesterday on their member preview day. My friend is a member and was allowed to bring guests, so being the resident orchid nerd of our group of friends I was a shoo-in, along with another friend who happened to be free on a Friday. 🙂 Yesterday marked my seventh annual visit to this Orchid Show! I can’t believe it’s been that long since I first attended and fell head over heels in love with these plants.
But before I delve into photos from yesterday, I want to share a photo of my own orchid opening at home: my second Phalaenopsis of the year to begin blooming! This guy has been in spike and bud for some time now, so it’s very exciting to see a flower finally open up:
This year’s Orchid Show theme is Chandeliers, which is intended to show off the beauty and elegance of these plants with plenty of aerial displays. And it did not disappoint! Below are some of my favorite photos that I took yesterday. Please note that I was terrible about taking pics of the orchids’ tags this year, so I didn’t catch most of their names. My apologies for that. Onward…(click photos to see full sized images)
Stepping into the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory on a 20°F day was like heaven—especially when greeted with displays of Phalaenopsis orchids in the reflecting pool.
I must say, pretty as it is, this entryway display is underwhelming compared to previous years. Maybe it wasn’t 100% complete yet, considering the show hadn’t officially opened?
One thing that was missing was the gorgeous display of green and brown striped Zygopetalums that takes my breath away (and smells AMAZING) every year, but they still had these stunning purple flowers:
I always enjoy checking out what’s growing in the miniature orchid display case. The flowers in the below photo are TINY—I’d say maybe a few millimeters in diameter. This never ceases to amaze me!
This next mini orchid looks like it might be a Dracula…or maybe a Masdevallia? I might be way off on those identifications. Whatever it is, I love it. This flower is probably about a quarter of an inch in diameter. Those translucent petals are so gorgeous!
Remember how I’ve said you should #alwayslookup when trying to spot orchids? This small plant was attached high up on a tree branch. My reward for spotting it? Those teeny tiny blooms, probably even smaller than the eensy white ones inside the display case above.
Another orchid spotted while scanning high up—a Dinema polybulbon in bloom!
A lovely mustachioed Lady Slipper:
The slight markings around the edges of this Phal caught my eye. It’s like it wanted to be a stripey flower but it forgot how to stripe:
Dendrobiums always look like they are shouting something out at you!
Much like #thedress (yeah, I had to do it…sorry), the actual color of these Dendrobiums are not as they appear in the photo (though they’re not, like orange and green, or something completely different). They are a much deeper, shiny, rich burgundy color.
Gotta love Cymbidiums and their lush, velvety lips:
My friends and I also made the requisite stop at the garden shop and made use of my friend’s 20% off member discount. I treated myself to some fun stuff:
Also? I treated myself to a new orchid! I haven’t bought an orchid at the show in the last few years and there have been no new additions to my collection lately, so I thought it was time. I picked out a lovely little Dendrobium Kingianum ($28 regular price, but $22.40 with the member discount) that had one open flower and many, many buds. A second flower has opened up since bringing the plant home. Much to my surprise as I was photographing the plant this morning, I noticed that it’s fragrant! These mini flowers put out quite a strong, pleasant scent.
Closeup of a freshly opened flower:
Bonus: there are two keikis on this plant! The roots are very short right now, so I’ll leave them attached to the mother until the roots are a few inches long. Then I’ll remove them and pot them on their own. I hope I can keep this cute little guy happy and alive for a long time!
I hope you enjoyed my photos! If you’re interested, you can see my full photo album from the Orchid Show over on Flickr.
The Orchid Show begins today and runs through April 19th. Do not miss it!