From the Foothills Orchid Society Show, 2013.

More snow and cold and the iciest sidewalks you could ever imagine here in Calgary this week (my boss asked me on Tuesday if I had perfected my triple axel jump during my “skates” to work).  Needless to say, I’m eager for some COLOUR!  I’ve been going through some of my photos and I came across the ones I took at the Foothills Orchid Society Show in May of last year.  I’ve only grown phalaenopsis (moth) orchids and don’t have any experience with the beautiful varieties that were exhibited by these enthusiastic growers and collectors, but I can certainly appreciate these amazing blooms!

Ascocenda 'Princess Mikasa'

Ascocenda ‘Princess Mikasa’

Burrageara 'Stefan Isler'

Burrageara ‘Stefan Isler’

Cattleya intermedia var. orlata

Cattleya intermedia var. orlata

Cypripedium Gisela

Cypripedium ‘Gisela’

Dendrobium harveyanum2

Dendrobium harveyanum

Rhyncholaeliocattleya 'Green Devil'

Rhyncholaeliocattleya ‘Green Devil’


Oncidium McKenzie Mountains ‘Frank’

Have you ever grown orchids?  Which ones are your favourites? 

Related Links –  Orchid Care for Everyone!  (Phalaenopsis)


    • Orchids always amaze me with the colours and shapes of their flowers, such a huge variety.

      We’ve gotten some snow over the past three days which has covered the sidewalks and made them a bit easier to navigate, although there’s pure ice underneath. If it starts to warm up we’re in for it again. I’ll definitely try to take it easy! 🙂

  1. I have an orchid that is looking less than healthy this year, who knows what the kids have done to the poor thing with their “helping”. However the lady down the street from me has her whole front window filled with blooming orchids, my guess is 20-30 of them, it is so beautiful to walk by.

    We have the icy walks and streets here too. This whole winter thing is starting to get a bit old, isn’t it?

    • I agree with you…I’m anxious for the change in the season, that’s for sure!

      It would be fabulous to keep a collection of orchids – I keep thinking if I ever get a greenhouse, I might get into them. I would definitely need different conditions for growing than I currently have here at the apartment, the best I can do here are African violets.

  2. Beautiful blooms to brighten the day. I haven’t grown orchids but I have given them as gifts to family members who have managed to keep them growing and healthy to this very day.

  3. Oh those are beautiful! I don’t grow orchids but myself and my OH are part of an Orchid lovers association, we often go out into the countryside to look at wild orchids, they really are beautiful.

  4. Those are much nicer than what’s outside my front window. I like the Green Devil but I’m obsessed with green flowers.

  5. What wonderful orchids, I love them. I find Phalaenopsis very easy, they bloom for months, have a short rest then start again. Paphiopedelum are easy too. I’d like to try some of the ones in your photos.

  6. What a nice respite from the depths of winter. Very pretty. I have not attempted to grow orchids. I do look longingly when I see them for sale, but just figure they’d be dead in no time.

  7. Just beautiful. I look at them and all I can think is how does that or those FLOWERS form just suspended in air, living sculpture…truly art!

  8. Hi Sheryl,
    Thanks for liking my post “Featured Plant: Jewel Orchid” on
    I love your pictures, it is a pleasure looking through your beautiful blog. I’ll be back!

  9. Would you say something about your photo techniques? A sentence or two, please? We looked elsewhere on your site. Such as, what is your primary objective; and, do you aim to achieve a particular state of mind? What is your idea of a useful lens; and, what is your ideal lens for taking a floral portrait? As we are learning, a picture is worth 1,000 words. A good title is worth at least half as much. And even a dozen words can only distract from sunlight on a leaf. In advance. Thank you for your practiced snaps. – The Healing Garden gardener

    • Thanks so much for your kind compliment, and also for asking about my techniques, although I’m not sure I can give a satisfactory answer. I’m definitely not a photographer, although I do love taking pictures…I must confess, I don’t even have a macro lens and I will have to do my research before I purchase one (hopefully soon!). I enjoy experimenting, however, and I’m influenced by the types of composition I’ve found in the work of artists and professional photographers. I have so much to learn!

      • It is to your extraordinary credit that you share with us your snaps. There is no other route to excellence in technique than using what you have. If we are not mistaken, in the Healing Garden this is the definition of genius, “Using what is available to produce the best.”

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