Saturday, August 26, 2017

Notes - new cascading cymbidiums orchids

New exiting range of cascading cymbidiums been released by Paradisia nursery in Victoria - beautiful long arching spikes, strong vivid colors, healthy, robust plants - everything any orchid grower and collector wants to see.

To show off their beautiful blooms they need to grow in the hanging baskets so that they can cascade freely, displaying multitude of flower spikes. Below is the pictures of these new generation cymbidium orchids.
Cymbidium Paradisian "Passion" 
Cymbidium Pradisian "Black Lip"   
Cymbidium Paradisian Tiger "Golden Falls"
Cymbidium Paradisian Ruby "Pinky"
Cymbidium Paradisian Bell "Smiley Face"
Cymbidium Paradisian Choice Dreamer

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Wilsonara “Stirling Tiger”

One of my wilsonara’s flowering at the moment. it’s a cross between Odontioda 'Florence Stirling' and Ondontocidium 'Tiger Hamburhen” and it flowers with these large beautifully colored blooms.

It have long arching spikes that produce many flowers and very light herbal scent that reminds me of thyme and a bit of an attitude that demands attention. With me, “Stirling Tiger” seems to be flowering every other season and it gets moved around green house a few times in search of correct light requirement - too much light and it goes all yellow and with less light it’s just not flowering. It prefers warmer situation with a lot of air movement, and definitely wet and dry periods of growing.

Despite all this fussing, I still enjoy seeing it in flower and forgive it all of it’s shortcomings as long as I can see, smell and touch this special and magical orchid.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Notes - Orchids inspired jewellery

TIFFANY & CO brooch
For quite a number of years I’ve been collecting images of jewellery inspired by orchids. I’ve got hundreds and hundreds of photos that feature jewellery pieces in the shape of orchids and choosing the one’s to show in this blog was not an easy task because I love them all. This is probably going to be one of my longest image posts but then showing incredible  craftsmanship and beauty created by various designers of the past and present I am sure will bring joy to many from seeing these exquisite pieces.

A symbol of beauty and love, Orchid has always attracted the attention of jewelers and collectors. The flower of Passion, Perfection, Grandeur and Luxury, subtle Beauty, Tenderness, and Intimacy. At all times, the orchid is a symbol of sophistication, wisdom, and gentility, harmony, and family comfort and giving orchid jewellery always had hidden meaning.

Latin name orchidaceae means roughly as “descended from God.” Orchid – flower of joy, born of the pieces of the first rainbow. It fell onto the ground, with sparkling in the sun shimmering multi-colored pieces. And each of the fragments in an instant turned into a beautiful orchid, which delights many of us with its beauty to this day!
An enamel and diamond brooch
Vintage Cattleya Orchid Carved Rock Crystal and Diamond Brooch

Georges Fouquet, France c 1895
Trifari 'Alfred Philippe' orchid pin 
Stenzhorn Jewelers - The Wild Orchid necklace    
R Lalique - Blue Plique a Jour Orchid Brooch, Art Nouveau
Tiffany& Co  - diamond and enamel Oncidium jonesianum orchid brooch by Paulding Farnham, 1889 
CARTIER. "Disa" Brooch
René Lalique 'Orchid' Brooch 1912
Cartier - The Ruby & Diamond ' Orchard' Parera   
Carved Frosted Crystal and Diamond Orchid Brooch, 1930 - 1950, Austria
An Art Nouveau 18 karat gold and enamel brooch with diamonds, attributed to Vever.Circa 1900's. 
Russell Trusso Orchid Earrings 
Art Deco brooch 1900  
Diamond Peridot and Ruby Orchid Flower Ring 
Cartier Caresse d'Orchidées earrings  
Cartier. Caresse d'orchidées collection
Diamond Orchid Flowers Pin
orchid brooch, diamond, ruby and platinum, English circa 1930
Suffragette Votes for Women Orchid Enamel Brooch Pin 1895  
René Lalique - orchid comb 1903          

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Cymbidium “Stargate”

Beautiful cymbidium flowering at the moment, masses of huge, dreamy flowers. “Stargate” been with me for quite a few moons and I love seeing it in bloom each season.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Notes - miniature porcelain orchids - an artist Edi Oliveira Merez

The other day came across the website and miniature orchids creations by an artist Edi Oliveira Merez and have to share her beautiful work with everyone.
She creates miniature orchids and different plants settings in porcelain and her work breathtakingly beautiful, special and detailed. I am sure every orchid grower, collector, fan, enthusiast and aficionado will love seeing these beautiful creations.

Her website - Ideas & Coisas and below video showing some of her work - enjoy!