Orchids – one of the things that was always amazing about living in South-East Asia. They grow everywhere and bring colour and glamour to many otherwise drab locations, even my garden. I had the ability to kill just about any plant that dares to wander onto my property. My garden would have been the perfect place to live when the triffids took over the world – one tuber on my land and they would have keeled over instantly.
For this reason, if nothing else, the simple fact that you could just about throw anything into a pot in Singapore or Manila, put it outside and it would thrive in the warmth and humidity led me to creating a garden of orchids and greenery behind the house. It also gave me my first taste of real success in gardening, which helped to overcome my aversion to spending time outdoors, pottering around and pulling off dead leaves and flowers.
Over the years I took hundreds of pictures of orchids in the garden, their variety and beauty always something I found rewarding and calming. As a contrast to the dark colours of the pictures yesterday, here are a few pictures of some of the many orchids that I had over the years, plus one sneaky one from the Botanic Gardens in Singapore!
Click on the pictures, enjoy the gallery and be encouraged – if I can grow them, anybody can…