It's Showtime

Today is the official opening of the Mid-Year Orchid and Garden Show of the Philippine Orchid Society.  I am encouraging everyone to visit the Hardin ng mga Bulaklak (translated: Flower Garden) of the Quezon Memorial Circle anytime today, August 30 until September 9.

There are landscape displays and showpiece arrangements to feast your eyes on.  Winners of the various show awards had not yet been announced yesterday so to whet your appetite, here are some of the orchids that caught my eye. 

Aerides lawrenceae

Brassolaeliocattleya Spring Queen Blushing Bride

Bulbophyllum cootesii

Ceratostylis retisquama

Christensonia vietnamica

Dendrobium heterocarpum

Dendrobium nemorale

Euanthe sanderiana var. alba

Dendrobium sanderae var. luzonicum

Dendrochilum cobbianum

Paphiopedilum hsinying Charm 'Sakuraame'

Paphiopedilum hsinying Fortune 'Fortune Star'

Paphiopedilum hsinying Mount Lip

Phalaenopsis equestris

Pholidota imbricata

Renanthera philippinensis

Rhyncholaeliocattleya hsinying Rouche Ching Hua #6

Rhyncholaeliocattleya Malvarosa Wedding Song Bride

Schomburgkia tibicinis

Trichoglottis atropurpurea

Trichoglottis geminata

Vanda Golamco's Blue Magic

Vanda lamellata

I was lucky enough to be among the first batch of guests to see the display. In fact I was there during the judging. Thanks to Rence Chan of the Philippine Orchid Society for inviting me. It is aways a pleasure for me to cover this event. Rence was my tour guide par excellance. He's bubbly personality and his immense knowledge of orchids made the tour all the more interesting. I consider Rence as my personal walking orchid wikipedia.



Of course I didn't go home empty handed. I made a few purchases and all native orchids at that. I'm beginning to be fascinated by small and ugly native species that rarely bloom. I don't know why. Maybe I'll find out the answer soon but that's going to be another post.