Monday, February 25, 2013

East Meets West, Orchid Show 2013

This year the Orchid Show was the weekend of the Chinese New Year.  All through the show were displays highlighting the New Year.

It is almost overwhelming when you walk into the show.  There are thousands of orchids: some beautiful, some weird, some a little of both. There are orchid blooms as tiny as a gnat’s behind, and orchid blooms as big as a soup bowl.  We walk around taking picture after picture.  The plants are brought from all over the world.  Other plants types are there also, and they are strange and beautiful too.  A few orchids are fragrant but most aren’t.  That is a good thing, if they all were fragrant one would be nauseated from the varied aromas.  I took over 100 pictures and want to use them all.  I won’t.  I picked some favorites to share with you.  Enjoy.

Be sure to click on the pictures to see the details.


This is me taking a picture of me and some winning orchids.


This orchid is strange and beautiful.  Strange shape and strange color.  Who would think a brownish floppy flower could look so great.


Marty showing you the tiny blooms.  Orchids on a stick.


Several exhibit tables.


Just because they are pretty and are shaped differently from many orchids.


Lady slippers.  The one type which Marty has had no success. 


Look at this.  The blooms are tiny and are almost on the ground.  In a field you might miss them.  You would just be seeing the “grassy” leaves.

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Yes, these are orchids.  Weird and strange shaped. 


This is my favorite ever exhibit.  A fire breathing surfing dragon with pruning shears.


Another fun exhibit.


More sophisticated exhibits.


This table is just outstanding.


This plants has really tiny blooms.  Each yellow stalk has dozens of blooms. 


Orchids on and in a Metropolitan from the 1950’s. 


I take this shot every year.  This is the sales area of the show.  Orchids and everything you need to grow them in one compact space.

The Orchid Show every year is fun, educational, and costly.  It cost a lot to get in, to eat a sandwich here, to park, and of course to buy 1 or 2 beauties to take home.



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