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!