Thursday, March 1, 2012

After the landscapes, the orchids

I will confess that I am biased when it comes to orchids. I like all of them, I look at them with awe, they are all beautiful. However, when it comes to preference, i am more attracted to the Vanda. The photos i am posting here are all hybrids and the last two are the nearest in morphology and color to our native Vanda (Euanthe) sanderiana, which locally we call 'waling-waling'. 


Originally, the waling-waling is found growing high up on big trees in the rainforest. It has been discovered a long time ago, and already considered the grand-grand parents of most Vanda hybrids now in the commercial trade. Many inter-generic hybrids are also produced with this Vanda sanderiana as one of the parents. Examples of these intergeneric hybrids are Aranda (Arachnis x Vanda), Ascosenda (Ascocentrum x Vanda), Mokara (Arachnis x Ascocentrum x Vanda), Vascostylis (Ascocentrum x Rhyncostylis x Vanda), and more. Photos are from the ongoing Philippine Orchid Society Show at the Quezon Memorial Circle.










Above and below: Vanda sanderiana

above photo from previous orchid show

Copy this image and its link to place on your blog

ff     NEW LOGO I



65 comments:

  1. What amazing photos of these beautiful Vandas, Andrea! My favourites are the dark blue ones - I am very partial to blur flowers.

    Thank you for participating in Floral Friday Fotos, look forward to seeing your photos each week.

    ReplyDelete
  2. PS: BLUE flowers, not "blur" :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hahaha, Nick i think you had to put the 2nd comment because i really have the 'blurred' photo and i might think you like that! I can't get a good one as it is so hot there and the plants are sometimes so high up for me to get a good focus. I know that's not a good excuse, but i will try again!

      Yes, i think most of us are particularly leaning on choosing the blues! thanks.

      Delete
  3. The last two are my favourites - how lovely to have the dark and light pink in one flower. My garden is really too shady for orchids to flower, but when they do I get very excited.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. They are our Philippine pride, the Vanda sanderiana, our own.

      Delete
  4. Beautiful orchids you show.
    I love orchids.
    Wishing you a good day.
    / Hanne Bente
    hbt.finus.dk

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Hanne Bente, I hope i've shown you precious ones which are not commonly found in your country.

      Delete
  5. Stunning selection of orchids Andrea!

    ReplyDelete
  6. It would be so neat to visit a rain forest and see these growing in the trees. How beautiful and exotic that would be!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes Tina, it would be nice if there is still a place like that. These days it can only be found in artificially developed settings intentionally attached to trees in some rich peoples home gardens. The collectors are partly responsible in depleting these from the forests.

      Delete
  7. Some really beautiful Orchids. I really like the ones you have posted.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Cher, thanks for visiting, they are really loved even by the visitors here in the exhibit.

      Delete
  8. I'll take one of each thank you. :-) They really are beautiful.

    Thanks for sharing these with us.

    FlowerLady

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. hahaha Flowerlady, if only i have a well protected area i will be trying to get one of each too even five of each!

      Delete
  9. These are beautiful display of the orchids. The "spotted" ones are my favorite. I went to the Arboretum for two consecutive weekends in February and saw lots of them.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Imagine the expenses of providing habitat for them in arboretum in temperate climates, when here they are just in the open with top nets.

      Delete
  10. Jeden ładniejszy od drugiego, a w sumie wszystkie piękne . Pozdrawiam. *** One prettier than another, and a total of all beautiful. Yours.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Giga for always visiting my posts. I hope i provided uncommon orchids than those flowers often seen in your temperate climates.

      Delete
  11. Andrea I was never much into orchids but I must say you have turned my head. I have an orchid that needs help to grow and bloom in my office...it belongs to someone else but I am the gardener so I am helping to restore it...I have researched a bit on how to grow them and have my work cut out for me but I believe it will be worth it...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Donna, It might be a bit difficult to grow in an office environment. Maybe that is more challenging than growing in the normal habitat. So what happened to it now? What orchid is that?

      Delete
  12. These are all so beautiful!

    Hope you can come and visit my Spiny Flowers.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. thanks for dropping by Modern Mom

      Delete
  13. Andrea, I love the Vanda as well. The design on the flowers are striking and I like how they cluster together. Wonderful plants BUT I fail with them here in the desert.....too much work:) I'm glad you've been writing more. Remember when I wrote that I was going to cut back on writing....well it hasn't happened. You were doing well at first, but I notice you're writing more often again:) Oneness has stuck to her New Years Resolution however:) Hope you have a wonderful Friday. All my best. Kreesh:)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Kreesh, haha, I still prefer short discussions, that's the difference between the scientific mind vs the literary mind. And we normally write direct to the point, no elaborate adjectives and circuitous discussions. So you can almost guess what i do with long paragraphs...yes i just look at the photos! Sorry about that!

      Delete
  14. Replies
    1. thanks for dropping by from Macedonia.

      Delete
  15. such a beautiful variety of orchids. lovely colours and i like the last one best. thanks for sharing the beauty Andrea.

    thanks again for appreciating my photos. i appreciate your feedback and kind, encouraging words. have a blessed day.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I am really a fan of your night shots, most especially.

      Delete
  16. i'm in awe of hte blue/purplish orchids. i've never seen that coloration here.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. They have them in your arboretum, i just don't know which states? You have lots of money to maintain tropical plants in temperate climates. The structures with controlled environments like temperatures and humidity are called phytotron, maybe they are what they commonly call conservatory.

      Delete
  17. Very lovely... many of these cultivars are ones I haven't seen before. I only have one Vanda which is the one in your 5th photo... I have gotten it to rebloom once but it isn't looking quite as well this season... lower foliage is yellow and foliage in general is quite light colored. I'm wondering if the culprit is too much light (it's under T5 fixtures). I've enjoyed your beautiful post... Larry

    ReplyDelete
  18. Fantastic shots and sensational colors in these photos. Finely tuned details are just perfect. Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog. You had asked a question on mine, "Did you use a polarizing filter?" To be honest, I don't even know what that is :) I'm not a professional photographer, just love snapping shots. Thank you and have a great week.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Each one is lovely, but the last one is definitely my favourite. Such wonderful colour. You've shown a great collection.

    Andrea, in reply to your question about the coloured reply boxes in my comments section ... it's just part of the template I use.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Bernie, so my template is not using a different color for replies! LOL!

      Delete
  20. I will never tire of viewing orchids, more so if they are fragrant. Now I am convinced that Philippines has lots of beautiful orchids ♥

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh no, you mean to say, i haven't convinced you yet since last time!!! hahaha. We have the best, but please don't let a Thai read this! LOL.

      Delete
  21. Beautiful flowers, I like it!
    Have a nice weekend!

    Greetings from Hamburg/Germany
    Maxine

    ReplyDelete
  22. eine Vanda habe ich auch..nur leider keine Blüte..hoffe das klappt auch
    LG vom katerchen

    ReplyDelete
  23. I know nothing of orchids other than they have such beauty!

    ReplyDelete
  24. The orchids are stunning and your photography really shows them off!

    ReplyDelete
  25. What beautiful flowers and photos. I had an orchid once but after it flowered it never flowed again. Eventually I forgot about it, it dried out and I threw it away.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh I am so sorry about that, but it happened to many of my orchids before. When they didn't receive much care they succumbed to disease, of course after famine there will be disease, and in a little while they died. So until i am at fully at home, i will not buy orchid plants again.

      Delete
  26. Love the Vanda. Your post reminds me of attending orchid shows with my late father. So many hybrids, so many colors. He would try to buy prize winning plants and propagate them. Regretfully, in the US, I have been successful in growing them for a long while, only to lose them weather changes they cannot adapt to :( I would say, Cymbidiums, Paphiopedilum and Phalaenopsis are the easiest for me to grow in San Diego. Thank you for taking such beautiful pictures for us to enjoy!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Because San Diego is colder than us here, those Genus will be performing well there. But with our climate, terete Vanda will be the easiest to care for, and of course Dendrobium. We have Phals in colder climes like highlands and near the mountains. I love Paphiopedilum but nowhere can they withstand our very hot dry season in the province.

      Delete
  27. Beautiful! I especially love the yellow one in the first picture. I have four vandas myself, two of them are very similar to your Vanda sanderiana and that blue one. Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes Ami, i know you have some Vanda too, i am always visiting and commenting there. It actually is maybe easier to grow in your climate than here.

      Delete
  28. Andrea- I am speechless. And people who know me realize that is rare! The blue one I'm particular is really a marvel. I know that breeders if other types of flowers try - and fail- to achieve that royal blue. I really do appreciate the opportunity to see these. Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Libby thanks for coming over, i think this is your first time here. You should come more often as i post orchids already many times in the past, yearly actually. The blue Vanda has already been in the market maybe for >2 decades, there was the V rothschildiana and V coerulea, which are the most famous blue Vandas earlier.

      Delete
  29. Absolutely stunning! I love the speckles, and the colors are so rich and vibrant! Really beautiful!

    ReplyDelete
  30. Since you are very fond of orchids, why not start growing your own orchids again. You could sell them later (or give away) too :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. haha, yes i know how to make them look well and beautiful, but i have to be at home everyday to do that. Not yet now! thanks.

      Delete
  31. I think it's impossible to choose a favourite, they're all gorgeous!

    ReplyDelete
  32. I'd agree that vanda is pretty special! I do love that dusty rose color in the photos 2 above the vandas.

    ReplyDelete
  33. Beautiful images of the orchids Andrea. I think orchids are my favorite flower, it is just the leaves that are not that attractive.

    ReplyDelete
  34. thanks for sharing this wonderful orchids with weekend flowers! great shots :)

    ReplyDelete
  35. Wonderful orchids - colourful and beautiful.
    Thank you for sharing.
    If you have the time please visit my new blog.
    http://guildwoodgardens-mypictures.blogspot.com/
    featuring tropical flowers from the Island of the Dominican Republic. Right now Iam showing pink Orchids!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for visiting here, i've been already to your site, and i am sorry i don't particularly love the terete Vanda, they look like scraggly hairs if unkempt. If you will see those Vanda in gardens of Singapore, you will agree with me! LOL.

      Delete
  36. o, so many. There are different shapes and forms I have not see. Not as I remember anyway. Love it.

    ReplyDelete
  37. I could look at these beautiful orchids all day. Your photos are beautiful. I have seen some of these in the conservatory at Biltmore Estate. We go there about six times a year just to admire the beauty.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. yes George, that's why i stayed in the Orchid show for one day despite the hot and humid environment. I pretend to be photographing the orchids, but actually i always look at them, and then take another round on them, again...

      Delete
  38. Hi Andrea, yes your orchids are gorgeous! Kindof like primroses on steroids. lol! I have not been by for a while. Why? I have no idea. I really enjoy visiting here. Such beautiful color and variety in those orchids!
    Hugs,
    Jann

    ReplyDelete
  39. When it comes to orchids, I think I am biased too, like you...

    ReplyDelete
  40. No wonder they are your favorites! All of them are so beautiful and available in so many colors. I loved the pinkish one the most!
    Thanks for sharing these pics, wish you a lovely week ahead Andrea:)

    ReplyDelete
  41. The variety of orchids here is wonderful! So gorgeous and the close shots show all the detail.

    ReplyDelete

Your comments inspire me to post more, and our conversations make life and gardening more meaningful.

However, Anonymous comments and personal back links give me problems, so i don't publish them. Anonymous + back links = SPAM = DELETE

Related Posts with Thumbnails