There were hundreds of magnificent plants on display, and it seemed to me that there was a speckled theme I haven't previously seen, running through the exhibition.
I have done my best with the naming. I didn't write them all down as I probably should have. While I recognise most of the main families, I am not an orchid expert. In fact, I misnamed the potted orchid with two-toned purple flowers in the doorway in my post last week. It was a Miltonia, and the small mystery plant Tony gave me has flowered, and it is the Miltonia as we had hoped.
|An interesting dendrobium - D. bracteosum|
|The miniature Oncidium equitant|
|I love this spidery form - another cattleya, I think.|
|Given its fairly flat flower and resemblance to a viola, I think this is a Miltonia, like my new two-toned purple one.|
|Gorgeous Vanda - I have one that hasn't flowered yet.|
|Another beautiful speckled Cattleya|
|I like how the speckles are concentrated around the border of the petals on this Cattleya.|
Back home again and, for once, I had managed to resist the temptation of the plants on sale. What I was after were some ready-made wire hoops for the orchid pots I already have. The outside entertainment area had suited the orchids, but the pots were a bit too vulnerable on the ground once Bella and Onslow joined the household.
Up here, they are safe from stampeding pups and the blooms are eye level, but I can readily move them around to suit their sun requirements or bring them inside temporarily to enjoy them. Orchid plants are a bit boring when they are not flowering, so it is great to be able to safely 'park' them. The great collection of 'resting' dendrobiums below was at the gorgeous Havelock Bungalows I stayed at in Colombo, Sri Lanka, last year.
A flowering dendrobium displayed in the lounge at Havelock Bungalows.