03 May 2010

Pleione hookeriana

One of the orchids I bought at the orchid fair in the Glasgow Botanic Gardens a couple of weeks ago is now in bloom (see left). This particular specimen is Pleione hookeriana, a native of the rhododendron forests of the Himalayas.

As a child, I went through a phase of being interested in gardening and remember being fascinated by this genus of orchids. Somehow it seemed appropriate that one my first forays into orchid growing should be a Pleione.

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