|Cymbidium, Ena Henry Five Star|
Captivated. That is exactly how I felt at the orchid show in San Diego, March 24, walking through a room full of brilliant blooms--a combination of nature and the best gardening efforts of amateurs and professionals alike--all vying for my attention at the same time.
Like fireworks, the Phalaenopsis (above) shoots up tall stems with large, round disc-like bursts of color at the top. These are the orchids I most often see in florist shops and supermarkets.
|Dendrobium 'Golden Arch'|
|Dendrobium Nobile hybrid|
It was held in the garden (shown above) of Jim Wright in San Diego. He is known in the community for his love of tropical plants, including orchids, palms (noting he has 50 varieties),
and tillandsias like this
For over 40 years, Wright has built a tropical paradise in his typical city lot and when he exceeded capacity for plants there, he purchased the house next door to expand his gardening hobby. It is conservatory-like in its ambiance and, indeed, as someone remarked on the tour, even a little Jurassic Park.
|and his greenhouse|
He spoke about repotting, the need to sterilize tools, and the mix he uses to pot orchids. We toured two greenhouses on his property that house hundreds of orchids, tillandsias and bromeliads. It was in the greenhouse where we came across a phalaenopsis, when Mr. Wright acknowledged that it is not his favorite orchid to grow.
Instead, he recommends growing Dendrobium delicatum (above), his orchid of choice. But I could see why. Although I knew nothing about this variety until that moment, even to my untrained eye, this plant sure did seem perfect. It grows wide and somewhat low to the ground,
and is covered with clusters of small, elegant white blooms. Mr. Wright has a long history of entering plants in orchid shows and mentioned his plan to enter this one in the upcoming March 24th show.
So while I was at the show, when I approached a Dendrobium delicatum on a table that was covered with a few awards, I was happy to confirm my suspicion that it was the same plant I had admired in Jim Wright's garden.
And I knew that it would be a plant I wanted in my own back yard. Luckily, I found three small delicatum pups in the sale room and they now have a spot on my patio. As for my Phalaenopsis plants at home, I have vowed to improve the fertilization regimen to see if I can motivate them to bloom again.
Now, if I can just get my hands on a head planter with tillandsia hair...
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