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Friday, November 6, 2009

Ground Orchids - That Nose & That Beard

After seeing so many orchids, I now see faces on them. Guess it must be the focal indigestion.
Regardless, the strange thing about passion is that it comes back over and over again wanting for more.

This time its these Ground Orchids (Spathoglottis Plicata). I have been captivated by these beauties of which two of these kinds are still growing without their bloom in my garden.

My fear of over feeding them may kill them in the expenses of wanting to see their glorious bloom. As for now, I have to be contented with enjoying them visiting them during my lunch break in the Orchid Garden.

If you note, you can see that their leaves are very much look like a palm leaves. They are known as "Okid Pinang" which means Palm Orchid. They are native here & I guess many would have found them along Express Highways where they bloom & grow freely.

These are the many varieties of Ground Orchids planted along the covered sidewalk area. All of them are in partial shade & does so well in their continuous blooms. I'm so jealous of these blooms - still wondering when I'm going get their secret in getting them bloom in my garden.

Until then, I'm seeing their faces etched at these flowers.

Do you notice that long grumpy nose and that snigger's,
"You're not gettin me bloomin in your place gardener..."

Yep.. that Egyptian Pharaoh's Beard.


Unknown said...

I do think about flower faces but not of these beauties because I don't have them! What a range! Very beautiful! My favourite are the yellows and the yellow/pink combos.

Sue said...

You are so lucky to live where these grow freely.
I've wanted to try orchids for years, but I'm a bit scared I would kill them, and they are terribly expensive here.

Racquel said...

You have a lovely collection of these exotic beauties! I've never grown any type of orchid (indoors or out)so it was a real treat to see yours. Thanks for stopping by my blog today. You have a nice blog. :)

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

The second "face"is my favorite, ha-ha!

Corner Gardener Sue said...

What a lot of pretty colored orchids! I'd love to walk down your garden sidewalk! I like the ones with pink on them the best, I think. I've never grown orchids, but my son and daughter have had some indoor ones.

Thanks for your comment on my bloom post. It is supposed to be nice weather for gardening this weekend. I hope to be out gardening some. You have a nice gardening weekend, too!

Mary Delle LeBeau said...

You are, indeed, an orchid lover. Yes, I too see faces on flowers. Orchids do have their own particular faces.

Noelle Johnson said...

Hello James,

Your orchid photos are beautiful. I bought 2 Phalaenopsis orchids. They do not need to be re-potted yet. I placed them in saucers of water, but he pots are resting on a pile of small pebbles so that their roots do not get wet. I heard that this helps the area around them to stay humid. Being in the desert, I need all the help I can get.

Stephanie said...

I saw them in many colours in the nurseries and have problem to determine which colour look the best. Every of the colour has its own character and beauty. I love these orchids! Yes, the flower does look like a face like you said he he... Have another great weekend!

Hort Log said...

These are lovely hybrids of pliacata - which although more beautiful, are seasonal in their bloom. Here in Singapore I think they bloom twice a year durring the hottest months. The true pliacata species are purple and actually very weedy and free flowering. I go around removing them from my patch since they can overtake what I want to grow.

Bay Area Tendrils said...

Orchids are thought of as so very exotic, and yet these gorgeous blooms are native to your region. Perhaps their reputation for being exotic is the same as any flower grown outside its homeland.

If they keep making faces at you, by the way, you should make a silly face back at them ;~]

James David said...

Kanak & Racquel - thanks for dropping by, I agree with you about their beauty. If you ask me about the fave one - they all are so beautiful that I wish I could have them all.

Sue - would like to suggest that if you love them, do try the cheapest and the easiest one to manage. Those that I got in my garden where either rescued (collected from dumps) or bought for very cheap price.

Tatyana - I see that you see what I see (lol)

Corner Gardener Sue - Believe me Sue, when I look at your garden, I too feel like taking the walk around your garden when I see your garden in your blog. They just marvel me.

Mary Delle - Im actually getting to love this difficult plant, beautiful flowers but not so pretty plant.

Noelle - Very glad that you step into the adventure in getting those orchids, will check out the details and let know more about it soon.

Stephanie - Like you I too have the same selection issue, but finally I go for the plant that have more blooming stalks with the cheapest price.

Hort log - Thanks for dropping by,
What? you weed out these orchids?
Im so shocked & horrified...
I would really love to have these weeds growing freely and bloom all over my garden. Thanks for sharing.

Alice - That is really funny, making the faces back at them. I won't mind doing that if they blooming constantly, no problem doing that even if the neighbour's are watching.

Jacqueline said...

Haha! I'm like you, James..I too love seeing faces on my flower images, especially on vanda orchids and torenias.
Some examples here: and
Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed your post and pics too.

James David said...

Love your Vanda - flying above the clouds pic. very much. Also that enchanting Wishbone flower. Thanks for your comment & sharing this.

Autumn Belle said...

James, you are truly an orchid lover. Yes, I perfectly agree with you that orchids have faces. That's exactly how I feel too.

James David said...

Thanks Belle

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