I saw something yesterday that not many people have seen in the horticultural world!
Yes, a “large, rare tiger orchid”, Grammatophyllum speciosum, blooming in Indianapolis in the middle of winter. According to the newspaper article, written by the paper’s resident garden writer, this is only the 4th time this plant has bloomed since being imported 40 years ago. She also wrote that “the last public bloom of this species in the U.S. was in 2003 at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, where it received a lot of attention from national and international media”
I had to go see it for myself. So off to the conservatory I went on a cold, but sunny Sunday afternoon.
I didn’t know what to expect. Lines of people? Media? All kinds of orchid aficionados waiting to see a glimpse? Maybe there would be so many people I wouldn’t be able to get a good picture?
Guess what? So far, this orchid isn’t attracting much attention, at least on a Sunday afternoon. There were just a handful of people there when I went. I guess I beat the crowds.
But it is a big plant, for an orchid, and I thought it was impressive. I also appreciated that the owners at the Hoosier Orchid Company were very nice and brave to risk moving this large orchid to the conservatory so others could view it. I’m sure moving it was not easy to do, because the branches look like they could snap off from their own weight if they hadn’t been tied up with string.
Above is the orchid in bloom. Below is the entire plant.
Here’s the sign that tells more about it.