Wednesday, April 29, 2009

ABC Wednesdays - O for orchids

This photo of a display of orchids was taken last September at the Royal Adelaide Show. This was one of several exhibitions by local orchid clubs.

My research tells me that there are over 25000 species that occur naturally around the world, with an additional number of hybrids in excess of 60000.

The first time I really took notice of orchids was when I visited the Botanical Gardens in Singapore; an extensive and splendid display.

I have since 'inherited' a number of orchids from my father in law. I hope that one day I may be able to post photos of some flowering orchids from our garden.

The ABC Wednesday meme was created by Denise Nesbitt. To find out more about ABC Wednesdays and see other participants' contributions click here

15 comments:

photowannabe said...

I just love orchids. There are so many varieties of sizes and colors. I look forward to seeing yours someday.

Sylvia K said...

Gorgeous orchids! What a great choice for the O Day! Thanks for sharing and have a great week!

Carol said...

Beautiful orchids...perfect O choice...would love to have these in my garden but I don't think they grow here...

James said...

Very interesting. I had no idea there were so many types of orchids. You've got a nice assortment in your photo.

Tumblewords: said...

Lovely! I had no idea there were that many types. Amazing. I'll watch for your home-grown orchids!

Ann said...

orchids are part of my memories. dad used to grow them, and at that time, it took a lot time to bloom.

My siblings remember Mum and dad using a soft tooth brush to rid the aphids.

I haven't the patiences to wait for the plant to bloom. Luckily, the Auckland Domain has a green house that has orchids. When I feel nostalgic for my family, I go there and think of the old days.

Do you grow you orchids in soil?

RuneE said...

Are ther that many? I'm amazed - I would have liked to have some around.

Grace and Bradley said...

We used to think that orchid is very rare and difficult to grow. Collector will go into jungle to look for rare species. Now the modern technology make them all so popular and easy to grow. Good luck with your own orchid.

Reader Wil said...

The Botanical Gardens in Singapore is famous. Unfortunately we had no time to visit it, but you were so lucky to see those splendid orchids! Your photo is great, Gordon!

Karyn said...

Orchids are such exotic looking beauties. Good luck with yours!

Donna said...

Would love to see the ones your FIL gave you when they bloom!!hughugs

alicesg said...

Lovely to see the orchids. Glad that you are able to grow orchids in your garden. Looking forward to seeing them. Have a nice day, Gordon.

Gordon said...

Thanks for the comments and ecouragement.

Ann - the orchids are in pots in a special mix which allows plenty of air and drainage around the roots.

Jay said...

I have recently got interested in orchids, partly because phalaenopsis are one of the few houseplants I seem to be capable of keeping!

There is a cattleya I'm hoping to find, but with the restrictions on import/export, I'm having little luck.

This display is gorgeous - all those different colours together!

Leslie: said...

Simply stunning! And I sure hope your own orchids bloom nicely. :D