Friday, September 4, 2009

Friday Flower: Orchid

Exotic. Elegant. Enchanting.

People have been fascinated by the beauty of orchids for thousands of years. Orchidaceae, the family of orchids, is the largest family of flowering plants with nearly 25,000 individual species. The majority of orchid plants today are hybrids of Cymbidium, Paphiopedilum, Phalaenopsis, and Cattleya. In cut flowers, you will most commonly find Cymbidiums (both large and mini) and Dendrobiums.

At the florist shop where I work, this weekend we have a wedding entirely in orchids. The different varieties of orchids in shades of magenta, pink, and white are a stunning combination. Here's some shots of the bouquets and boutonnieres:

Bride's Bouquet of white Cymbidiums, pink Phalaenopsis, and magenta Dendbrobiums.

Bridesmaid's Bouquet of pink Phalaenopsis and magenta Dendbrobiums.

Boutonnieres of white and magenta Dendbrobiums.

Wrist corsages of white and magenta Dendbrobiums.

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