Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day February 2010

Novel Orchid of unknown parentage

Well we find ourselves in Boston for this Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day and the outdoor flowering is definitely limited.  So the focus is once again on orchids.

We did take a walk around the yard today and, although they don’t have the heavy layer of snow that we have in Frederick, the flowering and color is definitely on the side that requires considerable imagination.  I was struck once again by the unusual Hellebore variety ‘Red Silver’

Helleborus foetidus 'Red silver'

and there is an unusual Rhododendron with distinctive red buds in the kids’ garden.

Rhododendron 'Scarlet Wonder'

But in the end the wonderful orchids that they have sprinkled around the sun-lit interior of their house are what captures the mind’s eye.  I took pictures of the five that are in bloom right now and thought that I would share them in this posting.

Fuschia colored moth orchid (Phalaenopsis)

Miniature Cattleya

Miniature Cattleya Orchid detail

Speckled Moth Orchid

Phaelenopsis orchid branch

Lovely Oncidium Orchid

Despite my hopes that winter will begin to pack up its bags I note that another 5 inches of snow are expected in Frederick tonight.  I guess we will be a long time thawing out this year…

10 comments on “Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day February 2010

  1. Melissa

    My favorite is the about-to-unfurl H. foetidus – beautiful shot! Good luck as you head back our way. It’s been quite a winter and I wish it would end sooner rather than later!

  2. Nell Jean

    Beautiful orchids. Last month was Bloom Day of the Amaryllis. This time Orchids are stealing the show. Happy Bloom Day.

  3. kate/high altitude gardening

    Lovely photos. I’m a newbie at Orchids but my first Moth Orchid is threatening a second bloom so I’m thrilled. I guess I avoided them thinking they were hard work. Turns out they are super easy and therefore my favorite house plant! Happy GBBD!

  4. Noelle/azplantlady

    I love the unique patterns of the first orchid. I am having fun raising Moth Orchids for the first time and have some new buds ready to open :^)

  5. Les

    The last photo reminded me of Japanese Maple leaves in the fall.

  6. Cindy

    I love the Helleborus. Very unusual leaves. I wonder if it would grow in Central Texas?

  7. Melody

    The hellebore is striking with those unusal colors. I love it:)

  8. joco

    Hiya John,
    What a show!
    Is that first one maybe a Columbian Odontoglossum?
    As you say, their hybrids are endless.

    1. jw

      Some kind of Odontoglossum sounds like a pretty good guess. Thanks for the suggestion.

  9. Jan (ThanksForToday)

    I am finding that ‘red silver’ hellebore a stunning sight! Must have a look around to find one like her…she’s got her own style and unique beauty.