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This is a discussion on Critters within the A Kodak Moment: not necessarily plants... forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Did you make it to the orchid place in Myakka? McJulie...
Did you make it to the orchid place in Myakka?
Oh yes! I was getting to that. We met Cin and Mr. Hicks there; we stopped at Myakka again on the way home to see Marie Selby and go to the orchid place. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens was fabulous; I'll post a few pics later.
The orchid nursery was really stunning. Good thing we didn't arrive in the truck! I was looking for a cochleada and found a beautiful mounted one in bloom. Then we found some scrumptious Cycnoches Jumbo Puff 'Taiwan Gold' with two spikes. And then a Phal White Dream 'V3' (in spike) found it's way home with us. And I fell in love with a Phal violacea 'Norman' x Phal violacea 'Pokan' - it smells like lemon pound cake with sweet green and pink bloom! On the way out Darwin found he couldn't resist a miniature blue vanda type in spike, appropriately called Darwinara Charm 'Blue Star'. When we got home a huge Ascda Crownfox Honey Gold 'Tangerine' in spike was waiting for us. We ordered her while on Sanibel, and the blooms are just beginning to open now.
It was really a fantastic place, thanks to Cin for inviting us to go there and showing us around. We'll be back for sure! After boosting our orchid collections Cin and Mr. Hicks followed us back to the RV for lunch and a walk through the canopy in the treetops at Myakka State Park. The park itself is an orchid adventure; we'll be going back there too.
My folks are about 30 mins north of the nursery, but my sister's only about 15 away. When I was last down, 18 months ago, it was 6 weeks after I had both knees replaced. Jennifer really wanted to go cruising for some 'chids and I agreed (on crutches).
I had no problem drooling over gorgeous plants, but she couldn't make up her $(&#^@&! mind what she wanted. After 90 mins of hemming and hawing, I needed a percocet and announced what she was buying! I do love that place, despite the pain of that visit!
It's probably just as well there's nothing like it nearby. But if there were, I'd have a lot more specimen plants and a lot fewer seedlings. Or maybe I'd just have a lot more plants!
Love the springs shot, the colors are so nice, it looks like a painting.
Well my last post was out of context, having missed the whole last page before posting. We had a great visit with Tami and Darwin, plus we got a yummy lunch too!!!
I love the ruffled feathers of the black swan
and the color of the springs - oh my!
Your photography is wonderful - thanks so much for sharing!