Sunday, April 17, 2011

Blue Mystique Orchid


Blue Mystique Orchid
Phalaenopsis 'Blue Mystique'
(fay-lay-NOP-sis)

Normally I don’t buy into a trend like this but we saw Blue Mystique for sale at three different places on Friday. Billed as the first blue Phalaenopsis orchid they are hard to ignore. The color stands out from far away and is also interesting close up. At first I thought they must be painted but a little research showed that the plant is “infused with a special medium” when growing to get the color (whatever that means). While all the buds on a blue spray will have the deep color subsequent blooms on the plant will be white or a light blue color. Here is a website about this orchid. It is from Homestead Gardens (all the orchids that I saw had a ‘Homestead Gardens’ tag on them).

Homestead Gardens.com

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Here is the Sunday bonus flower. One nursery had benches full of Hydrangea in full bloom. They were mostly ‘First White’ but there were also a couple of oddballs. This one, unfortunately, didn’t have a tag. It is probably one of the more unusual Hydrangeas I have seen but trying to look up what cultivar it is proved too difficult.

6 comments:

Indrani said...

Wow! Blue orchid! Such a pretty thing.

Greyscale Territory said...

The orchid is exquisite in colour and shape! And that hydrangea is fascinating too!

Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

Think that special medium was something with dye in it? Remember taking a carnation and putting it in a glass of water with food dye in it? One could wonder.....

There are so many new hydrangeas these days, hard to know which that was is. Nice photo.

i beati said...

eerie I just saw it yesterdqay at home depot - sold out

chubskulit said...

Very pretty!

It would be a delight to have you come and visit my flower post for today. Thanks!

vincibene said...

Fascinating!