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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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’ 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.
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.
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 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.