We have several stems of flowers on the jade vine, with more coming! If you’ve never seen a jade vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys), you have to experience it! Meanwhile the Indian clock vine has been producing a few more stems of flowers, so we expect a big show on that vine soon.
Lots of orchids are in spike to bloom soon, too. The Smbc. Diamond Head flowers have just started to open (lots more to come!). The Cattleya aurantiacas and some of the Cattleya skinneris are in full bloom, and the big Lc. Gold Digger is just starting to bloom. We have gorgeous flowers on the big Cattleya lueddemanniana, many of our Epi. stamfordianums, and we have buds on some of the pendent dendrobiums, too.
One of the strangest plants (flower-wise, anyhow) is Dutchman’s Pipe or Calico Flower, Aristolochia littoralis, and it’s in full bloom now, too. This plant isn’t in the garden proper, it’s a vine growing just outside our Cattleya/Phalaenopsis house, and you can see the flowers from the staff door on the west side of the shadehouse. It’s a South American native. We also have flowers on the Medinilla myriantha, a native of the Philippines.
You can see all of this, and lots more, on one of our free weekend garden tours. Every Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting (read: not raining), we escort a 45-60 minute walking tour of Bob’s and Mike’s private garden at 11am and 3pm. No reservation is necessary, just be here a few minutes before start-time. Meet your guide at the bridge. (For a nominal fee, we can arrange private garden tours for groups at other times, please contact us for details.)
AGRI-Council Tour Visits R.F. Orchids
We were honored to be a stop on the 54th annual “Ag Tour” run by the Miami-Dade County AGRI Council, whose members promote agriculture education in south Florida. We hosted two big busloads of folks (about 125 in all), and Bob gave each group a garden tour. The Ag Tour is held by the AGRI Council in collaboration with UF/IFAS Miami-Dade County Extension, Miami-Dade County Agriculture Manager, Dade County Farm Bureau, Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association, and Farm Credit. The goal is to showcase and promote Miami-Dade County agricultural and horticultural industries. It was great to see so many young people interested in agriculture!
Spring Orchid Camp Schedule
We’ve just set up the schedule for the spring series of our orchid culture classes here at the nursery. You can download the schedule information right here. Send us your registration soon!
If you can’t come to Homestead for orchid culture classes, remember that we have culture pages here on the site. We have a culture sheet for cattleyas, for phalaenopsis, for vandas, four sheets for different groups of dendrobiums, and another one with tips on making your orchids bloom.
AOS Spring Meetings in South Florida
The 2017 Spring AOS Members’ Meeting, May 17-21, will be in conjunction with the Redland Festival here in South Florida. Meeting registration includes admission to the Festival and to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, AOS has some terrific social events planned, the new AOS library at Fairchild will be open, and “Orchids Through the Artists’ Eyes”, a fabulous exhibition of orchid-themed art will be open in Fairchild’s beautiful new art gallery space. We’ll have more information on the art exhibit soon, but in the meantime, you can register for the AOS meetings on the society’s site, www.aos.org. There are special hotel rates, too.
22WOC Tour Filling Fast!
If you’re thinking about joining our tour group to 22WOC in Ecuador, don’t wait too long! We already have many reservations for this amazing itinerary, and space is limited. We do still have room for you, but we may not have it much longer. We’re going on to Peru after the Conference, and among other fascinating locations, we’ll be visiting fabled Machu Picchu. You don’t want to miss this! Tour details are here on the site.