Sunday, March 1, 2009

Orchids, Orchids Everywhere

Well I must begin by saying that Gregg and I are big orchid fans among other things. Yesterday was the Royal Botanical Gardens in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada annual Orchid Show.


The funny thing about orchids is that the foliage is usually boring and in some cases down right ugly but they produce flowers whose beauty defies description.


There are two special parts to the show the sale of orchids of every description and displays of orchids whose beauty takes your breath away.



Imagine walking into a room with over 100,000 orchids in bloom ranging in size from 1/4 of an inch to 5 feet tall.



There where so many different types of orchids and they where in every colour




RED




YELLOW


ORANGE




PURPLE




GREEN




PINK




WHITE



I was so taken by the wonderful sights that I took about 100 photographs if you would like to see them the link is here. It made me think it was summer for a couple of hours which was very nice but when we left and the cold wind hit our faces the reality of winter came rushing back.

17 comments:

TattingChic said...

Those orchids are beautiful! Thank you for sharing the photos. That is so interesting what you said about the foliage being unattractive, but the blooms are exquisite! Some people are like that, LOL! So, I guess it's best to not judge an orchid by it's foliage, LOL! ;)

LadyShuttleMaker aka MadMadPotter said...

Oh what fun! Orchids ARE magical. I am so glad you were there to properly appreciate their beauty.

Needledreams said...

They are beautiful! My mom and I love orchids and we go to several shows when I'm in PR. Mom cultivates several of them and each time they bloom she tells me to take photos. The red one is one I never saw before. Mom has a brown one that looks kinda like that one.

Tattycat said...

I am so glad you got to go to the show. I've never seen so many beautiful orchids in one place. I know you had a very enjoyable time. Thank you so much for providing the link to the pictures. I enjoyed them every much.

Lace-lovin' Librarian - Diane said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos! I think the white one is my favorite. I really needed a little glimpse of summer today. Thank you!

Appalachian Woman said...

OH, CLYDE, THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH!!!!
I LOVE ORCHIDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
and as the temperature goes to 8 - yes 8 - in ohio - i reeeeeallly needed these beautiful pictures.

i had orchids once. my oldest cat at $50.00 worth in about 15 minutes, looked at me and said, More Mommy?
No, Tuxe Marie.

yarnplayer said...

These are beautiful! So many lovely colors. I've never seen a red one like that.

Clyde said...

I am so happy to be able to share these orchid pictures with everyone. The show was amazing and the variety of orchids was mind boggling. Just wish everyone could have been there with us.

Daniel said...

Clyde, what a sight!! Wish I could have seen them in person. Next year give us some notice and we might be able to make the trip.

SapphireChild said...

Looks like it was a great show!

Grizzly Mountain Arts said...

Thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous photos, Clyde! I was in need of a "spring" fix! The purple one is stunning!

Linda S Davies said...

I'm speechless with the variety, the colours are to die for!

victats@gmail.com said...

I love the orange orchid. Its unreal the colors that you see in nature. Thanks for sharing the photos.

BJ said...

WOW. One can only imagine how wonderful this must have looked in person. Orchids have that frosty, glowing going on...I'm fond of 2 plants; well, three. Outside, I like Callas; and, I'm a huge orchid fan (DH gave me one for Christmas) and I love Cacti/succulents (because they are overcomers. LOL)
If I were envious, I'd envy your seeing the show ~ instead I'm just so happy you were able to attend.
Thank you for sharing...you're a peach!
hugs and best wishes, Beverly

Maureen said...

What is the purple one? - it's my favourite, it reminds me of the orchids my father used to grow. I'm sure I must have grown up surrounded by these particular plants, but I never had the interest that he did, and I would love to know which variety it is.

Marty said...

Such lovely photographs! Would you mind if I borrowed a couple for my computer "desktop"?

Clyde said...

Maureen, I believe the purple one is a phalaenopsis and Marty please feel free to use a picture for a desktop background.