Zygopetalum, Orchidaceae

I wrote before I only bought my first orchid last summer, and I need to admit even then I didn’t feel particularly confident I could provide it with the best care possible in my Scottish flat. But we all have to start somewhere, and so much practical knowledge and confidence come with research and observation. In the past few years I’ve tried to learn more about one of the largest and most diverse families in the plant kingdom and slowly I’ve been able to appreciate its appeal and some of its complexity. Tumblr has proved to be an invaluable source of learning material -I’ll take the chance to thank all the Tumblrs I follow who post primarily about orchids, your blogs are awesome!- but thanks to the numerous indoor gardens in Scotland I have also been able to observe many species, varieties and hybrids in person. I think it was only natural I would end up with a few favourites, and the only two Zygopetalum orchids I’ve seen with my own eyes are in the top three. 

Top and bottom photos are Z. Artur Elle from the RBG in Edinburgh, while the middle one is from the Winter Gardens in Glasgow and might be Z. blackii, but it didn’t have an ID tag, so please correct me if I’m wrong! 


In 1989, the people of Scotland were subjected to the poll tax a year earlier than the people of England and Wales. We were used as an experimental guinea pig then, and now 27 years later, Glasgow is being used as a disastrous experiment in how else to fuck over people looking for work.

Going from 16 jobcentres to 8 across the city? Maryhill jobcentre moving to Springburn? Great, that will mean people will probably have to get two buses instead of one. Oh, they were late for their appointment because of all this travelling? Whoops, guess they’ll have their benefits sanctioned for that then.


The Tories are making it humiliating and demoralising to be unemployed. They are making it harder and harder to access any sort of services where people can get back into employment. They will not stop until those at the very bottom have died off. And given that they already have killed people through benefit sanctions, the experiment here is to see how many Glaswegians will suffer too.