Flower Portrait: Cattleya Portia

(please click image to enlarge) C. Portia ‘Coerulea’ is an epiphytic, evergreen orchid from Central and South America. Tall, pseudo-bulb with stalks that grow erectly with one or two long, leathery, ovate, green leaves and 4 inches wide blue-lilac flowers.

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!  

Flower Portrait: Slipper Orchid Artwork

(Please click image to enlarge) Another slipper orchid, but this one has been edited by using a dry-brush effect which makes it more painterly. The original image wasn’t sharp enough for my liking, but I love the colours and shape. This one is Paphiopedilum ‘The Earl’  

Flower Portrait: Slipper Orchid

(please click to enlarge) Paphiopedilum (slipper orchid) have lovely flowers and the leaves of some are beautifully mottled. They are not too difficult to grow as houseplants, and are more unusual than the Phalaenopsis and Cymbidium commonly sold in garden centres. Slipper orchids generally flower from November to March, but flowers can appear at any…


Some of the lovely orchids found in the Glasshouse at RHS Wisley.

Flower Portrait: Vanda Orchids

Vanda orchids are epiphytic. They grow on the trunks or branches of trees. In their native countries, the Philippines and other parts of south-east Asia, the atmosphere is always humid and Vanda roots have a spongy covering which absorbs water and nutrients from the air. Many vandas produce very showy flowers. Vanda coerulea is one of the…