Saturday, April 11, 2020

Photo of the Day: Cymbidium Golden Vanguard, Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh PA

I photographed this orchid while at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh last October. I am sure that the Orchid Room at this local treasure would be appreciated by perhaps the most famous orchid lover in fiction, Rex Stout’s private detective Nero Wolfe, who kept a greenhouse on the top floor of his New York brownstone residence. 

Warm- to cool-growing, the yellow beauty in this picture blooms from early summer through early winter. It is best to water it once a week in summer but every 10 days in winter.

I am sorry that Pittsburgh residents and visitors won’t have the chance to visit Phipps—at least for a while—due to the coronavirus. It presents, in every room, what every person needs a reminder of: the beauty of God’s handiwork in nature.

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