Monocot My Eye

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The orchid show, Santa Barbara, CA.

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Dior Summer

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And I stretched like hell on the post’s title (look it up ๐Ÿ™‚ )

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Did you have a nice weekend? I hope so.ย  I was very busy and continued with my “Mature Lady” theme by attending the famous Santa Barbara Orchid show on Sunday afternoon.

My friend and I were most impressed, or should I say, mostly impressed (we could have done without the “Route 66” Theme- do pardon my ignorance, but what does the Route 66 have to do with orchids??)

That being said, it was a visual feast to see so much riotous colour blooming under one roof.

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It’s always fun to be surrounded by people that are so passionate about their work or hobbies. It appeared the show got a great turn out.

We didn’t want to flaunt our ignorance by inquiring as to whether the exhibitors “waxed” their orchids for showing but I suspect they do.

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And who am I to say, I don’t know my dendrobiums from my Pleurothallis, other than what we all know which is, of course, that the orchid is a morphologically diverse and widespread family of monocots in the order Asparagales…

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In my humble opinion (and because it’s my blog) I think the flowers are impressive enough without the added expense for the exhibitors of having to incorporate a theme.

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While not classically “beautiful” like some of our floral favourites (now Rose, don’t be jealous, you get enough action on this blog, God knows) orchids tend to get more and more interesting the closer you approach…

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Ernst Haeckel

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There were orchids growing out of planks

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and miniature orchids

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That’s my baby finger

A cute enough idea, but unfortunately unless you were to use a magnifying glass,

these orchids look about as much like orchids as Sea Monkeys resemble their images on the package

(I obviously never got over that disappointment )

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I’d have to say that the Paphiopedilum Micranthun, or “Weltz Deal” was my favourite.

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I thought it looked just like a Faerie’s cozy cradle.

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A jolly good time was had by all ๐Ÿ™‚

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Sending caring thoughts and heartfelt prayers to the Japanese.

xxx

S.P.

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36 Comments

  1. Laughing to tears!!! The sea monkeys comment (been there), the last photo…too cute! FYI, now you probably realize that I’m not that mature b/c all I was hoping to see besides some pretty flowers was the explorer/adventurer “The Last Orchid Hunter” dude. Yes, using the word dude keeps me around 40 (this is true), but the body says, “darn it, I’m mature.” Sigh. Gorgeous photos!

  2. Look it up??? Seriously, SP… you have encouraged me to be so lazy on your page by posting music, hyperlinks, etc for me and now I have to actually go google something ๐Ÿ™‚
    Loved the pictures. On my wedding day, I had a different species of orchid on every table so thanks for the memories.

  3. Beautifully unusual and mystical! My husband gave me an amazing Dendrobium (sp.?) as a housewarming two years ago. It was huge…I bought a book and tried so hard to care for it correctly. Unfortunately, it died. I’ll admit I’m a purple thumb. Perhaps I’ll try when I’m a
    little more mature and have the time and patience. Fab photos, Slim. I love hot pink and
    orange together! xo

    • Kendall, Courtney & Kelly- all in a row!
      3 of my loyalist and sweet commenters since the earliest days of my blog.
      Thanks for everything you share with me and my readers on Slim Paley!

      xxx

  4. oh… baby, oh! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Amazing pictures, Slim! I swear I want move to California thanks to your blog! I’m not kidding! You know how to show the most beautiful things here.

    My favorite one is the orchid form the 1st picture. That impressed me. Now, I like you favorite too (Weltz Deal), but you know what I see (especially on the 2nd picture)? I see two little eyes a “toucan nose” and a huge tongue. Am I being too creative here??? ๐Ÿ™‚

    By the way, I’m craving the dark chocolate covered Acai berries from Trader Joe’s you’ve mentioned. I can’t buy them here in Canada! LOL I thought they would sell it online, but noooo… ๐Ÿ™‚ I guess I’ll have to continue with my “unhealthy” dark chocolate M&Ms. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a wonderful, warm and peaceful day!

    xo

    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

  5. I met Kendall Boggs today, and she recommended your blog – I was happy to tell her that I had already discovered it!

    One of the most fabulous and extravagant weddings I ever went to used red and yellow orchids exclusively for lush flower arrangements. Yes, the color scheme sounds a bit ‘McDonalds’, but it was absolutely breathtaking – really, the only wedding decor I remember after having attended dozens and dozens of weddings.

    Seeing this post reminded me of Georgia O’Keefe. We often take the beauty of flowers for granted, and don’t realize that they are even more beautiful when seen at close range.

    I love that last orchid – it speaks to me.

  6. Ditto on the prayers for all in Japan. Their grace under such unimaginable disaster reminds me of the grace of the lovely orchid photos you’ve shared.

    I have had a few orchid plants for several years and they seem to do best when I ignore them. I love them for their beauty when in bloom and for the longgggggggg time the blooms last even after cutting for a vase.

  7. Thank you for sharing such beauty especially when the rest of the world is in such turmoil. Mother Nature is pretty powerful and amazing. Let’s just say when she wants to mess with us she can.

  8. just great again – they are alive but in addition to me they appear as animals and are speaking
    (perhaps I need a meds adjustment)
    thanks for this post
    and I agree the cars detract , at least to me
    soft against hard is good but sometimes it drowns it with it’s impenetrable presence

  9. I always look forward to your blog -you never disappoint (unlike those see monkeys).
    Aren’t orchid growers a strange bunch? The last orchid show I went to, I seriously was convinced that some of those orchid exhibitors were sniffing an orchid they weren’t sharing with us ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Don’t you have a garden show coming up next month in your neck of the woods? Hope you go and share pictures with us.
    Best regards,
    Miranda, SF Bay Area

  10. hi slim,

    i cannot wait for the redlands orchid/flower show. it is always so amazing seeing them up close. have you ever been to the orchid farm in landers? no? i like to visit after having a sound bath. have you had a sound bath? no? i thought so. but anyway i love orchids and another one of mine just bloomed. so exciting. hasn’t the weather been amazing?

    xo
    janet

  11. Was there any explanation for the erupting volcano behind the formula V car? I didn’t realize there were any volcanos on Rt 66 – agree it is a very odd combination.

  12. I think the theme is kind of cute…”Root 66″
    So many orchids that I never knew existed…”orchids growing out of planks” made me LOL.
    I also love the idea that Rose might be envious.
    I wish I could grow orchids, have tried twice and killed them both, I just can’t bear to destroy such beauty by trying again.
    I am so sad by the events in Japan…such a culture rich society. I cannot even begin to comprehend what has happened there.
    Thank you for this beautiful post during such sad times.
    Jackie

  13. Lovely post! My successful experience with orchids (which were gifts from family friends in Santa Barbara!) showed them to be magical ‘creatures’…give them a drink very occasionally and voila! Beautiful, multiple blossomed branches appear and they last for a l o n g , l o n g time.

    I saw a little bunny’s face in the middle of the flower in the photo below the Ernst Haeckel print. See his little tongue?

    Magical!

  14. This is my fave. I’m an orchid girl. Beautiful shot of the paffs and the masdevallia but the cattleya stole the show. Not seen the final orchid before though – I wonder what this one is?

    Thank you as always your blogs are the best

    Danusia

  15. so beautiful slim! some of the orchids look like they should start singing at any moment! ditto on your thoughts for japan…my son is in the usmc, and just deployed 3 weeks ago on a ship, we believe he is headed there right now….
    thanks, sweet slim, for another beautiful post.
    xxx

  16. Sign………..yet again.
    Good to know I’m not the only one who stalks my inbox for a new Slim posting. Being in NYC I actually wake up in the middle of the night to check for your late night posts!!!……don’t tell the husband!
    Today my $14.95 Ikea orchids bloomed for the 3rd year in a row………beneign neglect is definitely the secret….periods of drying out and watering when you see new growth at the tips of the old stalks seems to work.
    You’ve also reminded me to get up to the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx for the great orchid show they have up there right now………..must be the season, eh?………..yes, I was born in Canada.

  17. Orchids are so beautiful……and sooooooo many varieties. enjoyed the post.
    Enjoyed the post Slim.

  18. When I see a blog with close up pictures of flowers I can’t run away fast enough…………..but not today…………stunning and unique beauty.
    Also, I marvel at your skill, both photographical and organizational.
    Best……….Kathi

  19. I saw your blog yesterday, but didn’t click on it until right now… I wanted the anticipation to last since it seems soooo long between updates. I know that’s ok, it’s just that I enjoy your beautiful perspective so much.

    (That’s it!! I just figured out why I wanted to wait to open it – your posts are so inspiring to the soul that they are like Christmas presents; and I just love to draw out the excitement and anticipation before that big event every year.)

    Gorgeous doesn’t begin to describe these beauties. I live in FL and have seen orchids everywhere, but don’t seem to be able to grow them – perhaps not enough neglect. lol

    Thank you for my weekly breath of beauty.

  20. So if you had munched on those tasty seaweed snacks, all that Corned Beef and Potatoes would not be visiting you today, when you step on the scales (other than the water retention from all the salt) …….

    http://www.realage.com/tips/roasted-seaweed-snacks-fat-blockers

    “This crispy Japanese munchie — made of thin sheets of seaweed that have been roasted or toasted and lightly salted — could help your body block fat calories. In a new study, a special fiber found in seaweed appeared to inhibit fat absorption by over 75 percent!

    Seems like a miracle… ๐Ÿ™‚

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