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South Australia’s terrestrial orchids are beautiful and zany, exquisite and surprising.  So why not share the beauty of them.

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  1. dedepuppets

    I grew up with “Orchids on the window sill” My dad proudly laboured over his collection in the cold Northern Hemisphere. I was always attracted to the orchid’s flowering beauty. Now living on the other side of the world I can enjoy many of them in their natural habitat. And I really do 🙂

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    1. Helen Post author

      Thank you for your comment! Most of the orchids in Australia are very different from the rest of the world. Australia does share a few species with New Zealand, which I believe is where you are? The orchids do look best in their wild settings!

    2. dedepuppets

      yes I agree, they look best in their wild setting… As a child I always thought they are beautiful (orchids in general), but the surrounding (the window sill) doesn’t suit them, particularly as they flowered, if I remember correctly in the dull winter month in the Northern Hemisphere. Something was totally out of kilter.

    1. Helen Post author

      Thank you. I haven’t even travelled half way around Australia, it is so big. I would really like to travel to Western Australia as they have some very striking and beautiful orchids there.

  2. artandkitchen

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.
    I love your blog and I love orchids. I had the chance to see some of them during ,y holidays on Crete.
    I’m looking for to visit your country: It looks woderful!

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    1. Helen Post author

      Thank you. Hopefully when you are in Australia, you will have the chance to see some orchids. Australia is very beautiful, and the feel of the country changes as you travel through it.

  3. elleturner4

    I love orchids and I love your pictures. I’m in the uk and have a field nearby that has bee orchids and pyramiddles (not sure I’ve got that right). I have some in my house that are just beautiful. My favourites on your site that I’ve seen so far are the bearded orchid and the duck orchid. Thanks for visiting my blog 🙂

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    1. Helen Post author

      Wonderful. I don’t know the orchids outside of Australia but I imagine they would be vastly different from here. The duck orchid is one of my favorites. When I first saw the pictures, I did not think it was possible to have a flower of that shape, but when I saw it, I was then convinced. They are very small flowers, less than an inch across, and quite hard to find as well as being rare. The bearded orchids are more common, and easier to find, and it is nice seeing their face: feels like there is a personality in the flower.

  4. Iamrcc

    I have always been fascinated by orchids and take pictures of them whenever I can. I found your site to be very informative and will come again to read more. Thanks for visiting my blog and liking my post “Mum Bunch”.

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    1. Helen Post author

      Photography orchids is a bit of a hobby for me. I am trying to extend my photography beyond orchids, but there is something special about these flowers.

  5. julesdownunder

    What a lovely blog! You have some beautiful orchid photos here. Reminds me of visiting the Garden of the Sleeping Giant in Fiji (which began as Raymond Burr’s private collection of tropical orchids). Thank you for visiting my blog!

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  6. catbird365

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and introducing me to the wonders of orchids. I live in the northeast USA where Lady slipper orchids used to be common but are now a rare sight. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cypripedioideae) Habitat loss is causing trouble for a lot of wild things. I love blogs like yours that get people excited about a plant or animal because it can lead to more attention to preservation of all species. Thanks for speaking for the orchids!

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  7. ramblingsbyothello

    Helen, you have beautiful site! The orchids are sensational. Do you take all the pictures?
    I was in your beautiful country only once and will never forget that wonderful experience.
    Thanks for visiting my site and reading my violin piece. I love to write short pieces that I hope will make a strong point.

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    1. Helen Post author

      Yes, our orchids are “sensational” and amazing! I’ve taken most of the pictures, but other members of my family have supplied the rest. Where and when did you visit Australia?

  8. ally

    There are people who like flowers, but you like orchids.There are not many passionate about a certain flower. That, makes you special. 🙂 Keep going!

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  9. Michael Stevens

    A woman I loved many years ago taught me to love the beauty of the orchid. Now whenever I see them I cannot but think of her. It’s spring now in the northern hemisphere and cannot wait to see them.

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    1. Helen Post author

      Thank you for your comment. Hope you are successful in your search for orchids this year.

      Several of our orchids I associate with different people, mainly because they introduced me to them.

  10. Janet MacDonald

    Hi Helen, I love your posts and photos of orchids. I am quite new to the Victorian/Sth Australian orchids, having lived in Queensland for the last twenty years. I was amazed when I recently found some helmet orchids, to find they are so tiny! I was expecting to see something like your photo above where they look quite big! Same when I was shown Eriochilus cucullata. I had no idea they were so tiny. Queensland orchids are generally quite large. Thanks for your very informative posts. I look forward to them.

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    1. Helen Post author

      The orchids that grow here are very small, compared with the orchids in Queensland. Pictures give the impression that they are really large. I hope you have lots of fun finding new species!

  11. maureenc

    It was wonderful to find your blog and visit with orchids I knew as a child. I grew up in Western Australia and was fortunate to have a father who was keen to share his love of botany and W.A. wildflowers with me.
    Now living in Queensland, I do miss my rambles in the bush, and discovering patches of orchids.

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    1. Helen Lawrence Post author

      Thank you for your comment. Yes, WA is home to a wonderful collection of orchids and wildflowers. I’m sure Queensland offers a very different but exciting collection of fauna.

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