Every year at the NWFG Show there's a display garden put together by the NW Orchid Society.
Even though I'm not an orchid fan (uhm *cough*) I always check out the display, it's one of the few entirely plant-focused gardens.
There were a few of this big-leaf kale looking plant.
I believe it's Anthurium superbum, pretty spectacular eh?
I think what turns me away from orchids in general is that the goal seems to be flowers. When you see an orchid at a nursery chances are it's blooming. Most of the plants in this display where blooming.
Why isn't the foliage enough?
When I was drawn to flowers they weren't the big showy ones. Instead they were simple...
More about the texture than the flower.
After perusing the display garden (and my recent experience of drooling over the mounted plants at the private greenhouse sale I shopped back in January, here and here) I suppose it was rather expected that I would be pulled into the Andy's Orchids booth in the show's marketplace.
There were so many beautiful plants! And I'll admit the flowers of this one (Dendrobium vexillarius var. microblepharon) called out to me, while the $65 price tag shooed me away.
They had some fun Rhipsalis, but it was too pricey for me.
I loved this Lockhartia hercodonta, but again, didn't want to spend $31 on a plant I knew nothing about taking care of.
Wowsa! This beauty was by the pay-station. I didn't catch it's name because I was too busy paying for the two plants I bought...
Yes, I've taken the plunge and bought a pair of orchids, lord help me.
This one is a Bulbophyllum saurocephalum
See those spots on the leaves? I swear they weren't there when I bought it, or when I packed it up to return to Portland. Could that be cold damage from being in the car? It was cold that day, mid 40's...and there were a couple periods of an hour or so where the car was just parked, heat off.
My other purchase is a Dendrochilum smithianum (pulcherimum)
Yes it's blooming, but I bought it because it's blooms were so discrete. Now...do you think I can keep these things alive? And am I slipping into another dangerous plant obsession?...
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