Some of my orchids that are in flower this week!

During periods when I find myself at home, working longer hours than I would like, I am ever more grateful for my plants, especially my houseplants, terrarium plants, and orchids.  At these times, when I am unable to escape to a meadow or a forest, my orchid flowers remind me of the beauty of our natural world, providing me with a cheerful pick me up, just when I need it most!

Orchids in flower this week

I was disappointed to miss visiting the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show this week, as I had been looking forward to exploring the show, seeing the plants, and meeting up with my horticultural friends, but there is always a positive: here are some of the orchid flowers that have lifted my spirits this week.  I hope that these orchids, which are growing inside a number of my terrariums, and their fascinating inflorescences, will brighten up your day too!

Paphiopedilum concolor

Paphiopedilum concolor is a very attractive plant which is now endangered, as this orchid species has been over collected in the wild.

Paphiopedilums were one of the first orchid genera to take a firm hold of my heart and steer me towards the check out!  I just love these slipper orchids, I could gaze at them all day!  This is Paphiopedilum concolor, a terrestrial and epiphytic orchid species that grows over rocks and upon trees that are growing close to water sources.  This small sized orchid species grows near to streams, rivers, and the sea.

Paphiopedilum concolor is an endangered orchid species that originates from China, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Cambodia.

As you might expect, being so beautiful has not aided this orchid species in any way, sadly Paphiopedilum concolor has been over collected, much to the detriment of the plant.  Habitat destruction, due to logging, farming, and human expansion is also a threat to this special orchid species’ survival in the wild.

Paphiopedilum concolor requires warm temperatures and a very humid environment to succeed.

This particular Paphiopedilum concolor specimen has been in flower inside one of my terrariums for a while now, I wanted to share this flower’s beauty with you before it faded.

Phalaenopsis lobbii

This Phalaenopsis lobbii specimen has been in flower for sometime, this flower is beginning to fade.

This Phalaenopsis lobbii specimen is currently displaying a rather elderly bloom, but although it’s frail, this flower is still beautiful.  I love to see these cheerful Phalaenopsis flowers!

Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’ and Restrepia sanguinea

Restrepia sanguinea and Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’.

Both the Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’ and Restrepia sanguinea specimens that you see pictured above are growing inside my Orchidarium.  To be honest, my Orchidarium is not the best spot for Restrepias, I have found that Restrepias are a great choice of orchid to grow inside the BiOrbAir terrarium – my Restrepia plants absolutely flourished inside my BiOrbAir!  Restrepias are also a good choice of plant for a regular bottle garden.

Restrepia sanguinea in flower on the 7th July 2018.

My Restrepia plants haven’t fared quite as well inside my Orchidarium as they did inside the BiOrbAir terrarium, but as these plants have been growing inside my Orchidarium for 15 months now, they’re now fully acclimatised and adjusted, and are making the best of their location and situation!  These particular plants began flowering in April 2018, just over a year after they were first introduced to the Orchidarium

Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’ is an easy to grow epiphytic orchid that can tolerate a variety of different growing conditions.
Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’ produces pink, pinstriped inflorescences.
Plants of this orchid species can flower continuously, if they receive intermediate temperatures, regular moisture, and a very humid atmosphere.

Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’ originates from Colombia, where this orchid species can be found growing upon trees and plants in cloud forests.  This rather elegant orchid is very floriferous, it flowers throughout the year.

Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’ is a very free flowering orchid species, plants can almost always be in flower.

Chiloschista lunifera

Chiloschista lunifera is a leafless, epiphytic orchid species that originates from Thailand, Laos, the Eastern Himalayas, Myanmar, and India.

It’s so lovely to be able to share these attractive Chiloschista lunifera flowers with you!  This leafless, epiphytic orchid species produces fragrant flowers, which are quite mesmerising in their appearance.  I love how each flower, indeed each petal, is highlighted and outlined in yellow.

Chiloschista lunifera is a floriferous orchid species that produces sprays of these very handsome, deep red-maroon coloured flowers, which are rather charmingly outlined in a lemon yellow colour.
Chiloschista lunifera is a very floriferous orchid species, this small flush of flowers is the beginning of this plant’s second flowering of the year.

Other articles that may interest you……………

To read about the Queen of the orchids and see photographs of this orchid species in flower at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, please click here.

To see how my Rainforest Terrarium was set up, please click here.

To see a planting list of a variety of different types of plants suited to terrarium growing, please click here.

To read the first part of my Miniature Orchid Trial, please click here.

To read the first part of my White Orchid Trial, please click here.

To read the first part of my Madagascan Orchid Trial, please click here.

To read about the new features of the updated 2017 BiOrbAir terrarium, please click here.

For a planting list of miniature orchids suited to growing inside terrariums, please click here.

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