Hot to Trot
These orchids are at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens….
in the Orchid House.
House 8 is a favorite for visitors and members alike.
Varieties include exotic cymbidiums, dendrobiums, cattleyas, and many unusual species.
The Orchid Shows are in late February and mid October.
Color and form are rarely matched in the flower world. And why you might ask do I describe them this way?
Orchids are a pollinators dream, or NOT…. and Michael Pollan in an article in National Geographic stated, ” Orchids are manipulative, self-centered, wily and sometimes downright sadistic. And yet insects and humans alike are ensnared — perhaps for those very reasons — by their ethereal beauty. Unlike most flowers, orchids require the help of insects and birds and pollinate. And so they have adapted, in some cases, to both look and smell like their pollinator’s female counterparts. You can imagine how supremely frustrating this must be for a male insect, and how smug the orchid must feel – that is, how it would feel if it were sentient.“
Every one of these flowers has a relationship with the insect that pollinates it where once the insect finds it, let the lovemaking begin.
I love visiting and as a member, I can go as often as I want to visit orchids that I do not have the conditions in which to grow. But, the pollinators are not in the Orchid House and that is left to the humans.
And my hot little numbers…
I am still waiting for my white Phals to really start blooming. This is one ready to open, shown blooming last year.
Below, the Orchid above, getting ready to bloom on one of the shorter spikes.
Mele Star, a Paphiopedilum, still blooming after four months taken March 4, 2011. Now she is a real diva.
No, I do not have the fancy ones like they have at the Botanical gardens, but mine have lived for a while with me and bloom each year. Stay tuned for part two. I do have two more blooming you will see, plus more from the Botanical Gardens.