Archive for Orchids

Welcome to the Hot House.

Posted in Art, Photography, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 4, 2014 by urbannight

The new building.

It was a good thing that the new building was open when we went to Lauritzen Gardens. We were thinking that Sundays were free. They used to be. A coworker used to like to go walking on Sundays and would ask my roommate to come with her and he would take photographs. She went because it was a free day as neither she or him had memberships. Either way, this meant we got more value for the price. The main exhibit was very small for the cost of the entrance fee.

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We went into the building and felt an initial blast of hot air. But we went down into the front section, which you can’t see much of in the top photo, and it was nice and cool. There were interesting little places all around.

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There were orchids everywhere….

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There were other plantings as well…

Cyclamens

Cyclamens

Pansy

Pansy

Not to mention water falls and pools…

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More orchids….

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And a fuzzy looking plant…

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And interesting design features…..

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And interesting design features…..

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We then went into the central unit and hit the heat and humidity. This was the hot house and it was totally covered in orchids among some other tropical flowers and plants. The main entrance view was impressive.

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The path went around batches of what I believe are succulents, orchids and various tropical flowers.

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There was one area of plantings that didn’t look like much. I’m guessing they are new or look better at a different time.

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Overall, it was pretty impressive and worth the trip. According to the info, they are expanding the Koi into this tropical area so some of the odd pond space will probably become Koi ponds.

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The third and final area was cooler again but oddly empty, with only a few items scattered about and no real layout or design features at all. It was rather strange really. Perhaps it is simply not finished yet.

Marjorie K Daugherty Conservatory, or the Tropical House and Temperate House as the flyer calls it.

Marjorie K Daugherty Conservatory, or the Tropical House and Temperate House as the flyer calls it.

Orchids

Posted in Life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 18, 2014 by urbannight
Blue Mystique Orchids at a nursery.

Blue Mystique Orchids at a nursery.

Most of my views this morning have been of my Blue Mystique post.  It is funny because I was just looking at orchids this morning.

I have to admit that I am still kicking myself for not buying one of those orchids.  I believe they were something like 36.99$ at the time.  I didn’t think it was a good use of the money.  I really wish I had gotten one because I’ve never really stopped thinking about them.

I was at the store today, before work, and stopped to look at the orchids on my way out.  They had 4 different types of purple and purple/white ones.  Solid Purple.  Mostly White.  White with Purple Stripes.  White in the center fading out to pale purple at the outside edges.  I liked the White with Purple Stripes.  They were 17.99$.  I wasn’t sure I liked them enough for that price.

But if they get the Blue Mystique ones in again I will be buying one, if I have the money.  I really do regret not getting any at the time.

Blue Mystique

Posted in Art, Life with tags , , , , , , , , on July 28, 2013 by urbannight
Mystique by Mike Mayhew from Wikipedia

Mystique by Mike Mayhew from Wikipedia

There was a tempting 35$ plant at the store that wanted to come home with me. I resisted in the end. It was called a Blue Mystique Orchid. Or a Blue Mystery Orchid. I don’t know if it was Mystique because that was on the sign or if I thought Mystique because the darker blossoms were the color of Mystique’s skin.  Looks like it IS Mystique, in both senses.

Blue Mystique Orchids at a nursery.

Blue Mystique Orchids at a nursery.