That sounded like a much nicer way to spend a beautiful Saturday morning, so I was only to happy to agree. If you remember from my last post, Tony has a fabulous collection (click on Tony's garden to revisit), and his particular favourite is the King or Rock Orchid, Dendrobium speciosum. As soon as I entered the exhibition, I was blown away by the number of these cream through to yellow beauties. And there was so much more...
Here are just some of the wonderful orchids on display.
|I think this was Dendrobium 'Colonial Bullion'|
|Love this gorgeous striped Dendrobium 'Julie Mitchell'|
|Dendrobium 'Kathy Gee...' (part of the name was obscured)|
|Den. 'Pacific Pride"|
|Den. 'Vivid' x speciosum|
|Den. 'Desert Rose'|
|Den. Helix x trilamelatum|
|Den. Burgundy Bride 'Melbourne' x delicatum 'Tracy'|
|Den. (Burgundy Bride 'Dell' x Tie Dye) x speciosum var speciosum 'Windemere'|
|Den. Aussie's Sweetness x polysema|
|Thought this lovely orchid looked so much like a hellebore.|
|This terrestrial orchid is Ptst. Hoodwink|
|This tall Swamp Orchid Phaius australis was local to the area. (Tony snapped up a rare yellow version, but it won't be ready to flower for a couple of years.)|
|Love this colour combination so much. This was Den. Fraser's Lavender Curls.|
|Den. 'Angelline' x Rutherford Sunspot|
And my final five, not Australian natives, but stunning Zygopetalums available in the Sales section.
|This was Cynosure, a rare blue.|
My only purchases, despite overwhelming temptation, were a packet of plant tags and a marking pencil. (I know, I can hardly believe it either!) However, I didn't come away empty handed. Tony bought me a lovely Dendrobium (speciosum, of course) as a very early birthday present. And on top of that, when I checked on my own at home in the poinciana tree, there are at least six or seven flower spikes. I am going to have to think about moving it a little lower so that I can really enjoy it.