My only complaint about beautiful orchids is that they start out as a lowly frog. The leaves are very homely, and in my opinion, not pretty in the least. The air roots look a little warty to me, almost eerie.
But from a stalk of no great beauty springs forth flowers every bit deserving of regality. They are deserving of a place in the most discriminating interiors. Blooming for up to six months, these plants are a great choice. But being kept on a coffee table may not be the best for the orchid.
After the bloom is gone, many of these poor orchids are looked at as disposable. So sad a fate for such a lovely plant.
Orchids in flower are often used in room decor in magazines. Flowers in general appear in so many images in shelter magazines. They really put the finishing touches on a photo shoot. They are ‘stunt’ plants, brought in and placed to stage the scene for the photo. A phrase coined by another blogger whose work I admire. Stunt plants, so cute.
Here, they matched the color of the furnishings to the orchids on the tablescape. I would like to think the orchids stay.
But the designer wisely chose the reddish pinks because the orange would have been too similar to the undertones in the flooring and wall surface. This color makes the scene refreshing and unexpected.
All the small interior images come from Veranda. In fact only two magazines had these five images, so you can see how often they are used.
Imagine this scene without the orchid. It would look like it was missing something minus this pretty vertical element. They also mixed metal finishes with the silver pot. It really stands out and looks great in the space.
I did crop the image, but the focus was predominantly between the lamp and orchid.
The pinks and reds are gorgeous.
You can learn so much from the designers of textiles. None are shown here, but look at your fabrics for color cues and pairings. You can translate that into garden design too.
These bright oranges and reds would add splash to any space. But as an accent, otherwise put on the sunglasses!
My duller colored orchids below….
This orchid is really pretty to study closely, but not an eye catcher in the space.
Even the mottled leaves are not that attractive, hard to see the prince in waiting, but with the one Paphiopedilum flower, my prince has arrived.
My yellowish Phalaenopsis is in bloom with three flowers. I was going to save it for GBBD, but the whites will not be ready again.
This orchid has a very odd coloring not easily photographed. It is a really peachy yellow with lavender and deep red. I was attracted to it not because it is a standout, but because it is a strange color. Because it is not as pretty, I thought it would never get a good home. I know, a strange reason to purchase, but it did not seem to have a chance at finding a home surrounded by beauties. Its second bloom was far nicer. The color was less muddy, a prince in the making.
Maybe I need to give my white orchids a little kiss to turn the frog into a prince. Looks like it worked here at the Botanical Garden.