Sunday, April 5, 2009

ABC Wednesday ~ L


ABC Wednesday
L is for Ladyslippers
L is for Ladyslippers. Ladyslippers are wild orchids. We have 3 varieties growing in our area. They bloom in late June and Early July. As we still have a significant amount of snow cover, I had to use pictures that I took last summer. Our snow is melting and I am looking forward to seeing these beauties again
This is the Showy Ladyslipper. It grows in open areas in large masses. They are spectacular and are sometimes as tall as 3 feet.


Pink Ladyslippers on the other hand are much smaller. They are a deeper pink and are more likely to be found in forested areas with little undergrowth. You have to look for them as they often stand alone. The word Orchid comes from the Greek word for testicles......


And we also have Yellow Ladyslippers. They are much smaller than the Showy Ladyslippers but also grow in open areas and in clusters. Some of them have red markings on their leaves.

I am so looking forward to seeing these orchids in bloom again.

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17 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Beautiful flowers! Love your photos! And it's always fun to learn something new! Have a great week and thanks for sharing!

Granny Smith said...

Lovely pictures! At our retreat in Northern California we have a different wild orchid that grows in masses on the leafy forest floor. They are little Calypso orchids, that, strangely enough are orchid in color!

Elaine Dale said...

A perfect choice for "L". Maybe one of these days I'll be home at a time when they're in bloom - you can point them out to me. Great post Cousin 1.

Joy said...

Aren't you Lucky to have all these beautiful varities. Lovely photos.

Babooshka said...

Beautiful floral images and a sure sign of spring.

photowannabe said...

These are such beautiful flowers. So dainty and lovely color.

Celeste said...

I had never really thought about the origin of the word orchid until I read your post and the picture of the pink orchid just emphasised the point!!! Great post and beautiful photos - thanks for sharing.

Janie said...

All 3 varieties are just beautiful. Thanks for sharing your lovely flowers.

Carol said...

Great shots and beautiful flowers...

Tumblewords: said...

Beautiful! We used to have many of these in the forests around here, but haven't been able to find one in years. They've always seemed so special...

Cathy said...

These are awesome. I have never seen these before.

Alice said...

I too am looking forward to the new flowers. These are beautiful ones you've shown us. Well done.

lv2scpbk said...

Beautiful flowers and photos.

Jay said...

Beautiful. We have very few wild orchids, though there is one special site near here where you can find them, if you know when and where to look!

Chris said...

I am so jelous of your orchids, the ones we have here are tiny (still lovely though), your photos are great

Grace and Bradley said...

Beautiful choice for "L". You most very good a gardening and photography.

Powell River Books said...

Isn't it great fun to find such beautiful things out in nature? Even the stinky Skunk Cabbage in our area is beautiful to find. I chose lake as my contribution. I invite you to come see my 10,000 year old lake water. - Margy