'Hortus Inclusus' by John & Michael Cullen (USA). This depicts a garden inside a cloister. John Cullen had a really beautiful display at the last festival. The timbers are from an old barn in Michigan, the stone is from an old wall in Pennsylvania, and the pear trees are from Tennessee. This won a Gold Medal in the Fantasy Garden category.
Hi Belle! Glad you enjoyed your visit. Hope you had a chance to see some of the New Year festivities. Some of the pictures here are a little blurry. I was having some problems with my camera, and I had to snap fast to dodge the crazed gardening fans! This is 'Yesterday's Dream' by Inch Lim of Malaysia, depicting the kind of garden you might have seen here 50 years ago.
@RachelLF: Glad you enjoyed it. I wish I could have spent more time there, but I'd brought my 87 year-old grandmother along, and while she loved it, four hours of walking was beginning to tire her out, not to mention the fact that we'd arrived at 10 and were still wandering around past 2 without lunch. She wasn't willing to admit defeat though!
@tropicbreeze: That's fantastic! Hope the garden's big enough, or you may have to fight your way past it! Any sign of blooms yet?
This picture is of a vanda orchid which won a prize in its category.
Yes she is a sweetheart! She wasn't willing to give up, but I didn't want her to be laid up in bed for the next days. There were cut flower displays as well. This won in the Floral Windows to the World category. It's 'Design with Nature' by Brigitte Heinrichs of Germany.
This is part of the 'Gardens by the Bay' display. The picture is a little blurry, cos I snapped it hastily. There was a couple about to step into the frame. You can see frangipani, a breadfruit tree in the background, an incredible number of phalaenopsis plants, some vandas, ferns etc. It was beautiful, like the tropical garden of one's dreams.
This is another view of 'Hommage aux Jardiniers'. You can also see the crowd building up. We arrived shortly after the show opened at 10am, but it looks like many other people decided to turn up early too! This photo was taken at 10 to 11, so you can guess how many people there were later.
sorry for my absence, but i am doing absolutely wonderful! i am healthy, have been for a long time now! i am busy doing a gardening job at the moment, so exciting! its a holiday home of friends, and its right on the beach, and i mean RIGHT ON THE BEACH!! so its hard to find plants that my employers like and that will actually grow there.
but i am enjoying it so much, and its what i would like to do for a living, maybe. Landscaping, that is.
Hows your garden?
Hi all, I'm glad you enjoyed the photos! I really wish I could have gone again, but the show only spanned one weekend.
Hap, my grandmother is doing fine - in fact, she went back for another whack at the show with my mum and aunt. I only hope I'm as active when I get to be her age! The containers in Hommage aux Jardiniers are apparently the tops of wheelbarrows! The concept for that garden was a Noah's Ark of plants that runs aground on a distant land.
This picture depicts one of the displays in the 'Floral Windows' section of the show.
Gangajay, those photos of C. maddidum were taken on Hinchinbrook Island, but they also grow up along the east coast of the mainland. I guess if you want to grow all those other Cymbidiums you might have to move across to the Cameron Highlands. :O)
Hi Tropicbreeze, unfortunately the plants in the floral windows section weren't labelled, so I can't help you with the ID. In any case, the picture isn't good enough to make a good guess. It looks a bit like bifurcatum to me, but I'm no expert. I might consider retiring to the Cameron Highlands one day - it's really beautiful up there.
Hap, aren't the wheelbarrows amazing? I love the wacky ideas the designers come up with. As for my gran, it's her birthday today. Bought her a handbag - she loves those. She's such a girl!
Hi Texasgal! Glad you liked them.
Ok here's one of my purchases from the festival - Cattleya Green Emerald. It has a really amazing scent.
Yes, it's Habenaria medusa. I saw some on sale, but I wasn't sure how easy they are to care for, so I decided not to get one. I've second-guessed that decision many times now! I have a couple of orchid books by local authors, but many of the others I see are by people living in temperate zones, and the advice they give on cultivation doesn't always work in the tropics. Here's encyclia alata - one of my purchases. A fantastic specimen of this species won the championship trophy at the orchid show. I couldn't get a close-up shot of it cos it was in a roped-off area to keep it away from rabid orchid fans.
Ah. Biennal...that means every two year right? or is it twice a year...? This is something I want to go see. Travel and a garden festival at the same time would be icing on the cake. Actually...I think I need to start googling for garden festivals before I make plans to go to any country from now on. Maybe Daves garden could have a site just for festival announcements! Thank you so much for putting these photos up. aloha
@Tropicbreeze: That's interesting. How defined is your dry season? I mean, here we have a so-called dry season but it still rains, just not as frequently. Is there a temperature difference as well?
@Stellamarina: Hi, nice to meet you. Yes, it's once every 2 years. I think having a site for festival announcements is a great idea! I'm glad you enjoyed the photos.
Sorry Gangajay, I'm still away and have only just got back on the internet at an internet cafe. In my last post I should have said:
Our Habenarias grow and flower during the WET season, then die off for the dry season. They mostly grow in swampy or reasonably wet areas.
Don't know how I made that mistake. We have a very pronounced dry season, there's virtually no rain then. I say virtually no rain because this year we did get a little. That hasn't happened for many years.
Temperatures here depend a bit on whether you're on the coast of a bit further inland. Day temperarures are mostly higher than Singapore's (during the day) all year. Night temperatures are cooler than Singapore's during our dry season, but around the same during our wet season.
Hi Tropicbreeze, no problem. I've been busy myself. Hope you're having fun wherever you are!
The only part of Australia I've been to is Perth (and the outskirts). I was struck by how different the vegetation and the colours of the landscape were. It's an amazing place. It was pretty hot part of the time I was there. I think the temperature went up to 39C one day, but then a few days later it dropped to 20C!
It's funny you should mention the rain this year, because we've also had unexpectedly high rainfall for this time of year, and some flash floods as well. According to the meteorologists, it's because of the La Nina effect. I suppose that's affecting you too.
The liparis that I bought at the festival has developed a seed pod. It'll be interesting to see what happens.