orchids

I just came across a series of photos I took in one of the Glasgow Botanics glasshouses early this year…

It was not long after we first arrived in Glasgow, perhaps late March, so the weather wasn’t hugely cold but the wafts of warm air that engulfed me as I wandered around the glasshouse were so heavenly and very reminiscent of home. I’ve never been into orchids (I think the frenzy of orchid collectors freaked me a bit!) but was struck by the huge variety in form, colour and origin to be seen in the house. That variety, combined with the inviting warmth, meant that I’ve been back a few times to visit the collection but it was only yesterday, in the relative cold of early winter, that I really relived that sense of ahhh on walking into the house. I think it might become a regular part of my winter walk…

A few details that captured me on my first visit:

Stems

Bamboo-like stems

Stem and growing point

Stem and growing point

Pseudobulbs

Pseudobulbs

New plant forming

Growing a whole new plant

Virus

Beautiful patterns formed by a virus

Dendrobium

Dendrobium

Pink throats

Pink throats

New flower spikes

New flower spikes

Arpophyllum or Hyacinth Orchid

Coming into flower

Arpophyllum or Hyacinth Orchid

Explosion of colour

Orange teeth

Orange teeth

Orchid

Hanging beauty

Sublime

Sublime

Sublime

Detail

Close up

No doubt there’ll be more featured here over the winter!

One thought on “orchids

  1. owlkatt

    these are astonishing pictures! thanks to you, I have a new appreciation for orchids! I had several moments of envy as you described the atmosphere and feeling of the botanic glasshouse in winter…just lovely

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