Orchids: the Northwest Flower and Garden Show 2010

David Deardorff

David Deardorff

In my blog last week I wrote about visiting the Northwest Flower and Garden Show many years ago with my mom and dad and several siblings. We all spent a lot of time viewing the fabulous orchid displays. Last week Kathryn and I spent a wonderful time at the 2010 show. We presented a seminar on Sunday afternoon, we went to hear other experts speak, and we visited the fabulous displays. I found myself enchanted by the orchids once again at an elaborate display installed by the Northwest Orchid Society and featuring a large number of Paphiopedilum orchids, warts and all.

Paphiopedilums, known as slipper orchids, have fascinating flowers featuring warts, hair, and beautiful colors. The lowermost petal is shaped like a pouch, giving rise to the common name, slipper orchids.

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Some boldly flare open with their petals spread wide.

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Some are attractively curvaceous, rather seductive and feminine (to me anyway).

paphiopedilum 44 And some have an elaborately developed lip. This might actually be a Phragmipedium hybrid, the new world counterparts to the paphs.

Almost any Paphiopedilum is an excellent choice for a companion plant in your home. In general, they prefer the low light conditions and the warm nighttime temperatures found in most of our homes.

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