king orchid


Dendrobium speciosum, Orchidaceae

The king orchid, also known as rock lily, is native to eastern Australia, where it is widespread  over an area large enough to have allowed internal differentiation into a few varieties. It is probably one of the hardiest orchids, able to withstand temperatures ranging from near-frost to scorching-Australian-summer and bloom profusely when gradually established in full sun. 

It is also one of the orchids which grow into some of the largest aggregates. It is found as an epiphyte on both trees and exposed rocks or rocky slopes, and especially as a lithophyte it seems to grow in very large clumps, with its roots covered by ferns and other moisture-loving plants. 

It is grown outdoors, and can do well, in areas that enjoy a drier, warmer Mediterranean climate, not necessarily needing the same harsh conditions of some parts of Australia. When a container, or the plant itself, is placed in the right spot, it can still grow quite large, as it would in its habitat, so keep in mind the plants you place around it!

-photos from Glasgow Botanic Gardens 

Younger Days


— {˙ღƸ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒღ˙} —— Curious red eyes are on the other; both the woman and the boy at her side. It’s the first time that her mother is introducing people to her, always calling everything too dangerous…

       ˙ But, she seems to trust these two enough, it seems…?

       ˙ “Nice to meet…” she mumbles slightly, feeling a bit shy.

       ˙ She’s dressed in an expensive looking kimono, her long silver hair gathered into two neat pony tails, a small, expensive looking hairdecoration stuck at the base of one.

I was tagged by @themiddleearthworldoftolkien Thank you, my sweets!!!!! 

RULES: Answer the questions then tag 20 (ish) people you’d like to get to know better!

Name: Jamie

Nickname: Jay, JJ, Bud (it’s mainly my dad that calls me this), or in my friend’s case at work, Gandalf, 

Zodiac sign: Aries. 

Height: 5′3

Orientation: Straight

Ethnicity: White

Favourite fruit: Mango

Favourite season: Probably autumn. 

Favourite book: I have so many, but one which stands out purely because I’ve read it so many times is The Shining by Stephen King. 

Favourite flower: Orchid. 

Favourite scent: Yankee candles, freshly cut grass, freshly baked bread, the earth when it rains and burned matches. 

Favourite animal: Penguins, elephant, owls, parrots, squirrels….all animals!!!! 

Coffee, tea, or hot cocoa? – I like all three. 

Average hours of sleep: 7 or 8

Cats or dogs? – Dogs. 

Favourite fictional character: Thorin Oakenshield and the Eleventh Doctor. 

Dream trip: New Zealand…and will be there in October!!!! 

When was your blog created? - Quite a few years ago. It’s ancient. 

Number of followers: On this blog – 1, 385

What do you post about? - Thorin, The Hobbit, Richard Armitage, Psychology, animals, Doctor Who.

Do you get asks on a regular basis? – I’ve started getting more. 

Aesthetic: Purple, shabby chic, hippie, birds, flowers, candles, journals, Cheshire Cat, converse and wooly hats. 

Favourite band/artist: Poets of the Fall. 

Fictional characters I’d date: Thorin Oakenshield. 

Hogwarts house: Ravenclaw. 

I now tag: @buckyoakenshieldxo @fictionalquintessence @sherala007 @houseofrahl @nobodys-baby-now @calicoskatts @hobbithorse19 @everyjourneylove @igotanaddixon @duxdoctus @ascella-star @zoeymcroyan @paralleltolife @kiliiduriin @kylloh-ren @zeesmuse @princess-of-erebor1992 @ihopudie @vislokawitch @thecuriouscuttlefish


Botany and Zoology

The Signature Of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert

It used to be that god was revealed in the wonders of nature; now God was being challenged by those same wonders. Scholars were now required to choose one side or the other.

The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession, Susan Orlean

‘You’ll curse the insects,’ he said at least, 'and you’ll curse the natives… The sun will burn you by day and the cold will shrivel you by night. You’ll be racked by fever and tormented by a hundred discomforts, but you’ll go on. For when a man falls in love with orchids, he’ll do anything to possess the one he wants. It’s like chasing a green-eyed woman or taking cocaine… it’s a sort of madness…’

Under The Sea-Wind, Rachel Carson

With the dusk a strange bird came to the island from its nesting grounds on the outer banks. Its wings were pure black, and from tip to tip their spread was more than the length of a man’s arm. It flew steadily and without haste across the sound, its progress as measured and as meaningful as that of the shadows which little by little were dulling the bright water path. The bird was called Rynchops, the black skimmer.

King Solomon’s Ring, Konrad Lorenz

Without supernatural assistance, our fellow creatures can tell us the most beautiful stories, and that means true stories, because the truth about nature is always far more beautiful even than what our great poets sing of it, and they are the only real magicians that exist.

The Peregrine, J.A. Baker

No pain, no death, is more terrible to a wild creature than its fear of man.

My Family and Other Animals, Gerald Malcolm Durrell

Among the myrtles the mantids moved, lightly, carefully, swaying slightly, the quintessence of evil. They were lank and green, with chinless faces and monstrous globular eyes, frosty gold, with an expression of intense, predatory madness in them. The crooked arms, with their fringes of sharp teeth, would be raised in mock supplication to the insect world, so humble, so fervent, trembling slightly when a butterfly flew too close.

tag game: I was tagged by the awesome @buying-the-space-farm thanks for this, I think there’s a lot on here I haven’t posted before! So yay new things~

Rules: answer the 20 questions and tag 20 amazing blogs you’d like to get to know better 

name: audrey

nickname: none because how do you make a nickname out of that I mean really

zodiac sign: sagittarius

height: 5′6

sexual orientation: straight

favourite fruit: pineapple

favourite season: winter just leave me in the cold pls

favourite book: lately 11/22/1963 by Stephen King

favourite flower: hmmmmm orchids maybe?

favourite scent: coffee, motor oil, old books 

favourite colour: blue

favourite animal: no such thing as one favorite here I love them all, but also kinda love sloths a bit more tbh

coffee, tea, or hot cocoa: coffee

average sleep hours: 5

cat or dog person? Both for sure

favourite fictional characters: too many - see previously listed top 10 characters/top 5 ships post lol

number of blankets you sleep with: one

dream trip: ITALY

blog created: this one uhhhh like last october?

number of followers: 35

tagging: anyone who wants to participate who hasn’t lately, I don’t want to tag people specifically because I’ve seen a lot of these going around lately and don’t wanna double tag anybody but I always wanna get to know more about my followers~

Names from what I can read:

Bug Catcher: 原ゴン太
Inventor/Doctor Octopus: 入間末(未兎 ?)
Cape-kun: 馬小吉 (主馬?)
Robot: キーボ (KEE-BO)
Double Ahoge: 天海

Interesting to note that the names are bolded and the kanji for them translates to (Jail, Rabbit, King/Chief, and Orchid)

@jinjojess can correct/analyze the names!

I’m not rocking any four-leafed clovers right now, but I do have this Cymbidium King Arthur ‘Green Giant’ orchid for you. May you all find some semblance of luck on St. Pat’s Day. Just don’t dig up anyone else’s garden in search of it.

And remember: all good things in moderation, Guinness, Jameson, and Colman’s mustard included. — MN

P.S.: Oh hey this is our 3,001st post. ONWARD AND INTO A NEW ERA.