Paphiopedilum glaucophyllum is an exotic and charming orchid plant

Paphiopedilum glaucophyllum (Tropical/Asian Lady’s Slipper, Shiny Green Leaf Paphiopedilum) The Shiny Green Leaf Paphiopedilum is an exotic and charming orchid that has become the desire of many enthusiasts of orchid and hybridisers. A perfect species collection for its small size and longevity of flowering. Paphiopedilum glaucophyllum is assessed as endangered in the IUCN Red List […]

Paphiopedilum barbatum has become the desire of many orchid enthusiasts

Paphiopedilum barbatum (Slipper Orchid, Bearded Paphiopedilum, Lady’s Slipper) The amazing beauty and uniqueness of the Slipper Orchid or Bearded Paphiopedilum has become the desire of many enthusiasts of orchids. It was first discovered on Mount Ophir in Sumatra, growing in granite rock crevices containing moss and decaying leaves. It inhabits areas where plentiful rainfall and […]

Spathoglottis plicata with showy long-lasting blooms

Spathoglottis plicata (Ground Orchid) We had planted these charming Ground Orchids in pots before where they bloom all year round. Happened to come across some potted plants at a garden nursery in our neighbourhood about five months ago. However, we were somewhat disappointed as none of them had any flowering spikes to enable us to make a […]

February 2013: critters and flowers in our tropical garden

Definitely easier to capture shots of plants/flowers than flying insects and creeping reptiles, right? Flowers are so well-behaved, like inanimate objects for still life painting, unless swayed by the wind. And, one can always choose to photograph them later when the wind subsides. Not the flying insects though. The fluttering butterflies, bees and others just […]

August 2012 in our tropical garden

A few unexpected surprises that thrilled us so last month and brought joy to our hearts! Hippeastrum with vibrant scarlet-coloured or reddish-orange flowers bloomed for the second time, about 2¼ years after the first flowering in April 2010. Seriously, we had wanted to thrash it but before removing it, I decided to cut off their […]