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Art Nouveau orchid jewels

A few little orchid masterpieces from the Art Nouveau period (1884-1914) … Renowned French glassmaker René Lalique (1860-1945), was also a notable jewellery designer of the late 19th century and his ‘Orchid Comb’ is one of the Walters Art Museum’s … Continue reading

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Vanilla wars

Unfortunately, for the vanilla farmers of Madagascar this isn’t a ‘fake news’ headline. Britain’s Guardian newspaper reported earlier this year that in Madagascar, the world’s primary supplier of pods, vanilla has aroused dangerous passions. Crop thefts have been reported in … Continue reading

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Orchids at the wedding

For orchid lovers there wasn’t much of interest in the recent Royal wedding … or was there? I’m sure you have your own opinion of the event at Windsor Castle, but I think we’ll probably all agree that the bride’s … Continue reading

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Queen Elizabeth’s orchid brooch

To mark Queen’s Birthday weekend, let’s look at one of the jewels of Queen Elizabeth II, pictured above wearing the Mappin & Webb Orchid Brooch for the 2015 Maundy Thursday service at Sheffield Cathedral. She was presented with the brooch … Continue reading

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Language of flowers

Orchid arrangements with designs painted on their petals photographed at a warehouse used by ArtGreen Co. in Tokyo, Japan. An ArtGreen employee paints the petals of an orchid. The orchids are named Keshoran (orchids wearing make-up). Petals are painted using stencils, a … Continue reading

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Ex situ orchid survey

Botanic Gardens Conservation International-US, in partnership with the United States Botanic Garden, last month published a global survey of ex situ orchids (those held outside their natural habitat; ex situ literally means off site). One of the largest plant families … Continue reading

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BOP Orchid Show 2018

Congratulations to Barry Curtis (Tauranga) and Bob Parsons (BOP) who respectively won the Grand Champion and Reserve Champion titles at this week’s Bay of Plenty Orchid Society Show. Despite a somewhat difficult growing season – although not for everyone, clearly … Continue reading

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