Tuesday, March 8, 2011

A Vicarious Trip Home

One of the things I miss most about living in New York is visiting the New York Botanical Gardens. I used to hop on the train at least twice a month, every month, to visit what I considered to be my special place.

One of my last visits before I moved to Illinois was to the NYBG's annual orchid show, in March of 2003. And even though my camera was of a far lower quality than the one I use now, and the photos are low resolution, the pictures I took at that show remain some of my favorites:

Epiphytic orchids (Dendrobiums and Oncidiums, I think) displayed in the branches of a live Ficus benjamina. I love this display technique, and often wonder if it would be possible to grow them in the home that way.

Miniature Oncidium hybrids

The tag for the yellow flowering plant reads Epidendrum ballerina 'Tropica'

Phalaenopsis varieties interplanted with Philodendron 'Autumn'

Not orchids, (though you can see some Phalaenopsis leaves to the bottom right) but I was really drawn to this stunning cluster of Tillandsia ionantha. I didn't know it, but I was a budding Bromeliadmaniac even then.

This year's Orchid Show started last Saturday, and I'm sorry I won't be there to see it. But I was very happy to see this preview video on YouTube.

It was almost like going home, even for just a minute.


Julie said...

OMG! That Tillandsia ionantha is gorgeous!!!!!

College Gardener said...

Very pretty...and I really like that there is a preview video.

Ivynettle said...

This makes me want to take a random day trip to some town with a more interesting botanical garden than the one near here...
About that Ficus, when I bought my F. binnendijkii, I think I was hoping that it'd turn out big enough to put some orchids on it. No idea how well it'd work, though.

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

What a beautiful place to visit! Full of every beautiful kind of epiphyte! Great photos!