Flower Portrait: Vanda Orchid


I have posted Vanda orchids before, but I found this new colour variety recently in the Glasshouse at RHS Wisley. The one in the front looks as though something has been eating it!



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  1. I wonder if it was tasty. 🙂 Not my favourite looking orchid. It’s much too mottled.

    1. Heyjude says:

      The blue ones are less mottled – this one does look a bit spotty, but it is a lovely colour 🙂

  2. Tish Farrell says:

    Am never quite sure about orchids – I mean, if you can trust ’em. These ones look as if they might have secret carnivorous tendencies.

    1. The first orchid we saw in faraway ignorant days we took to be a pitcher plant, so we obviously recognised these tendencies.

      1. Tish Farrell says:

        Covert carnivorousness – that’s very anxiety making.

  3. I’m partial to imperfections like the bite out. I remember being startled by an 18th century still life of less than perfect fruit. I realised then there’s no point if it’s not warts and all.

  4. Lucid Gypsy says:

    I like it very much, it looks like it has a personality!

  5. I wonder if it tastes as good as it looks.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Not sure you are supposed to eat it!

      1. I wasn’t thinking of actually trying it myself, just wondering if whatever munched that hole in it enjoyed the taste! I have a friend called Vanda and I posted your link on Facebook for her to see it.

        1. Heyjude says:

          That’s alright then. Wouldn’t want to poison anybody!

  6. Such a wonderful bit of beautiful to get me through the day, such an amazing image.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you Charlie 🙂

  7. Robyn Haynes says:

    I love Vanda orchids. This one is a beauty.

  8. Sue Slaght says:

    So unusual. For some reason makes me think of some alien life form.

    1. Heyjude says:

      An alien with the measles?

      1. Sue Slaght says:

        Yes that’s it! 🙂

  9. restlessjo says:

    It wasn’t me! I prefer the white ones 🙂

  10. pommepal says:

    Such an unusual colour Jude. I have a vanda orchid growing up a palm. It is now so high up I cannot get photos of it.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I’m now beginning to realise that you live in a glasshouse temperature. Phew! I can feel the sweat dripping already…

      1. pommepal says:

        Glasshouse temperature is the right definition, and it is getting hotter. I look forward to March…

        1. Heyjude says:

          I would have to have a swimming pool!

        2. pommepal says:

          Don’t mention swimming pools to Jack, he had to look after the one on the recent farm sit and it was a terrible chore. We only had one swim in it when the temps hit 40c…

        3. Heyjude says:

          I used to have to look after one in Johannesburg. You do get into a rhythm and I had a lovely pool cleaner that automatically sucked up any muck. The testing of the PH was a chore, and skimming leaves off the surface in winter, but oh the delights of a daily swim made up for it. And the kids were never out of it! But I’ll whisper so Jack doesn’t hear us 🙂

  11. Paula says:

    I don’t think I saw this variety before. It is quirky and I love it. I hope that nothing is munching on the first bloom.

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