Saturday, November 28, 2009

The Belles of the Ball

Now, I don't know anything about orchids, but when I was at the Muttart Conservatory with my Dad a couple of weeks ago I spied these beauties shimmering in a little nook.


These exotic blooms are surely princesses visiting from a faraway land



Here for a mysterious floral ball



Where they will dance with a swish of silk to the rise of cellos



and dazzle their suitors



before slipping away at midnight


with a slight curtsy and a blush.


Hope you are having a great weekend!

17 comments:

Teza said...

What sumptuous photographs - this is where I believe hort couture is presented at its very best..... that last photo especially. A wonderful weekend back to you!

miss m (InfG) said...

They are all differently exquisite (and exquisitely different !). Bedazzling for sure. Lovely !

Hope you are having a lovely weekend too. :)

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Oh my gosh....what beauties. What lovelies.

Those pale lilac babies, my heart is doing flips for them. What beauties.

Jen

Kiki said...

You have captured the essence of beauty and nature's awe..gorgeous!

sweet bay said...

Those orchids are so beautiful they almost look other-wordly.

The Garden Ms. S said...

Hi Everybody, Aren't those orchids exquisite? It was quite a thrill to see them all together. This is one of those times where I wish I was much more experienced with my camera, as it was hard to do them justice.

Glad you enjoyed these little beauties!

Rebecca @ In The Garden said...

Beautiful pictures!! I've always found orchids to be a little odd & intimidating, but I can see why those who love them become obsessed with them. Must be a great place to visit this time of year. :)

Ellie Mae's Cottage said...

Such eye candy! Orchids are my favorite flowers.

The Garden Ms. S said...

Rebecca, I too am totally intimidated by orchids - but they do dazzle!

Ellie Mae's Cottage: I can see how you would fall in love with these. If I ever had success growing one I wouldn't be able to stop until I grew another. So far, though, I haven't been very lucky :)

zone3b said...

Muttart....it has been ages since I've visited there. Thanks for the great reminder!

The Garden Ms. S said...

3b: Yes, it is finally opened again after the renovations. Get ye to the pyramids! (It's a great winter afternoon escape :-))

GardenJoy4Me said...

Ms. S ! ... These are such beauties .. I have terrible guilt pangs about the two orchids I brought home one year and managed to kill them both .. something about indoor plants and I don't mix properly ? Those were wonderful pictures of stunning flowers : )

Helen said...

Ms. S, you did a great job with the photographs -- no need to be intimidated at all -- and an equally lovely job with the charming narrative. I'll have to check out your Muttart link.

Deborah at Kilbourne Grove said...

These are so beautiful, but probably very difficult to grow. I always suggest starting with a phalonopsis orchid first, it is dead easy.

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

What lovely bits of whimsy! I've never seen anything like the second to last orchid. It's positively alien looking...in a very good way! Thank you for introducing me to the Moonlight and Hares blog - my, what a treasure.

Diane Schuller said...

orchids are one of my favourite indoor plants but I can't grow them. I can grow anything outside even in my zone 1-2 garden but indoors I'm impossible. I've bought about a half dozen orchids now and each one dies so I've given up on them -- they are far too expensive to keep them only to have them die. I was at Muttart about a month and a half ago -- what a treat that was. It's been so many years since I've been there.

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

Orchids are such beautiful flowers and you captured their beauty!