This huge plant is actually a terrestrial reed stem epidendrum orchid, or epidendrum radicans. I got this gigantic orchid for only $20 because it was out of flower, and you can only imagine how it will look when the multiple clusters of bright orange flowers dangle into the air... Have any of you grown this before? Any-who, here the reed stem is in its new home at The Rainforest Garden, in the front courtyard!
I also got a great variety of orchids from Green Earth Orchid Nursery as well as bagged orchids from Lowes and a local Ace hardware! I got mostly cattleya hybrids, but also found some epicyclia "butterfly kisses" and some encyclia "nursery rhyme" hybrids. Between those and the cattleyas I spent on average, $6 an orchid!
My favorite finds were the epiphytic cacti from Seven Trees Nursery, (see post on them here) which I got for $5 a hanging basket. They are the toughest and lushest looking houseplants I can think of, and they look good all year and even when out of bloom. Remember my vertical garden from a few posts back? Well, I used cuttings from these cacti along with some of those cattleya orchids to put that thing together! Here's a picture of the installation, and you can revisit the post for a closeup.
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